State legislature

Striking West Virginia teachers and supporters rally outside the House of Delegates chambers Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Teachers are opposed to a complex education bill making its way through the Legislature. (AP Photo/John Raby)
February 19, 2019 - 12:34 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This time the teachers' strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted. Just as the strike began Tuesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killed a complex education bill that sent state teachers to the picket lines nearly a year after a nine-day strike...
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American Federation of Teachers West Virginia Treasurer Fred Albert, fist raised, and other union leaders of the WVEA, AFT-WV and WVSSPA call for a statewide strike beginning tomorrow during a news conference outside of the Senate chamber at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 18, 2019 - 8:47 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers' unions on Monday called a statewide strike over an education bill that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for a walkout last year. The strike is scheduled to start Tuesday, leaders of three unions for teachers and school service...
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A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Ill., near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. Authorities say an initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felony conviction that would have prevented a man from buying the gun he used in the mass shooting in Aurora. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
February 17, 2019 - 10:25 pm
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six other people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun. Months later, a second background check of Gary Martin found...
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FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. When California voters broadly legalized marijuana in 2016, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse and "prevent harm" from marijuana use. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs and looming questions about how they might operate in the future. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
February 14, 2019 - 8:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs...
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People stand in the lobby for Amazon offices Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in New York. Amazon will not build a new headquarters in New York City, a stunning reversal to an ambitious plan that would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
February 14, 2019 - 7:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of the world's richest,...
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Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, testifies before the Labor and Commerce Committee Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 on his proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. (AP Photo/John O'Connor )
February 14, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators moved quickly Thursday to deliver one of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour — more than double the pay floor that most of its Midwestern neighbors require...
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February 14, 2019 - 1:54 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel's 2-1 ruling Thursday ordered the state to adopt a map created by a court-appointed...
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Rachel Sweet, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, watches at the Kansas Senate debates a resolution condemning New York's new abortion law, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. She says, "I think this about political grandstanding." (AP Photo/John Hanna)
February 14, 2019 - 1:52 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. So in the meantime, they're putting their energy into condemning New York's new law protecting abortion rights. The Kansas...
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February 14, 2019 - 12:14 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. An analysis by The Associated...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom receives applause after delivering his first state of the state address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom said the state's consumers should get a "data dividend" from technology companies, like Google and Facebook, who are make by capitalizing on the personal data they collect. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 13, 2019 - 7:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state's consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect. The new governor has asked aides to develop a...
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