Legislation

May 10, 2017 - 6:32 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation limiting monetary damages in civil lawsuits filed by neighbors of hog and poultry operations over their smells could soon be canceled. Enough House members voted Wednesday to agree to override the measure, which still needs a Senate vote...
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May 10, 2017 - 4:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina Senate debating its two-year state government budget proposal (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The next stop for the North Carolina government spending proposal for the next two years authored by Senate Republicans is the chamber floor. The budget...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, stands before the opening of the 85th Texas Legislative session in the house chambers at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. State-funded adoption agencies backing Texas legislation that would sanction the rejection of prospective parents on religious grounds already routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants because they are wary of their beliefs or lifestyle. But now they also want legal cover in case of potential lawsuits. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
May 10, 2017 - 12:11 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption and foster care agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and legislation that got initial approval in the state House on Tuesday is designed to protect them from potential lawsuits from doing so...
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May 09, 2017 - 7:12 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are advancing a proposal to license family immigrant detention centers as child care providers. The state Senate voted 20-11 Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow Texas to license two family lockdowns, despite a past state court ruling that such facilities...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2017 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Democrats asked Republicans Tuesday, May 9, 2017, to drop their bid to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, offering to help improve the nation's health care system if they did. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 09, 2017 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited all Republicans on Tuesday to join with what's been an all-male working group of GOP senators to craft a health care bill, after facing criticism that women were being excluded. "McConnell stood up and said, 'Please come and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, stands before the opening of the 85th Texas Legislative session in the house chambers at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. State-funded adoption agencies backing Texas legislation that would sanction the rejection of prospective parents on religious grounds already routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants because they are wary of their beliefs or lifestyle. But now they also want legal cover in case of potential lawsuits. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
May 09, 2017 - 6:07 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and now they are backing legislation being considered Tuesday by the state House designed to protect them from potential lawsuits. The private...
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May 09, 2017 - 4:38 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow students to take sunscreen into schools without a doctor's note. The state House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the bill Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate. Concerns about skin cancer have led...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, talks in Boise, Idaho. Republicans relentlessly complained about big budget deficits during Democrat Barack Obama’s two terms, but now a growing number in the GOP are pushing for deep tax cuts even if it adds to the government’s $20 trillion debt. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)
May 09, 2017 - 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans relentlessly complained about big budget deficits during Democratic President Barack Obama's two terms, but now a growing number in the GOP are pushing for deep tax cuts even if they add to the government's $20 trillion debt. President Donald Trump says he is pushing...
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May 09, 2017 - 2:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans relentlessly complained about big budget deficits during Democratic President Barack Obama's two terms, but now a growing number in the GOP are pushing for deep tax cuts even if they add to the government's $20 trillion debt. President Donald Trump says he is pushing...
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Attorney John Thompson argues for abatement during a hearing before Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh Tuesday, May 9, 2017, on a request to vacate the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez. Judge Garsh ruled Tuesday, that Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder can be erased because he died before his appeal was heard. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
May 09, 2017 - 2:41 pm
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on defense attorneys' efforts to erase Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction following his death (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Prosecutors say they will appeal a ruling erasing former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder because he died before his...
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