Legislation

May 12, 2017 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A utilities group is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to sweep away rules governing the disposal of the poison-laden ash left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity. The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group filed a petition Friday asking EPA Administrator...
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FILE - In these photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. in a Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, and President Donald Trump, May 12, 2017. The relationship of Trump and McConnell is now at the center of the Washington crucible. As controversy swirls over Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, McConnell's moves will set the tone for how the rest of the Senate and Republican Party as a whole responds. (AP Photo)
May 12, 2017 - 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had just headlined a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was booed by home-state voters far more enamored with the president than with their longtime GOP senator. Now the two were flying back to Washington aboard Air Force...
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May 12, 2017 - 4:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The ruling this week by a Massachusetts judge erasing the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who took his life in prison, has angered the victim's family and roiled prosecutors. It has also raised questions about how the legal principle on...
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May 12, 2017 - 3:29 am
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Republican congressman who campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act is cautioning constituents that the House GOP replacement bill is just "a tweak of Obamacare." Two-term Iowa Republican Rod Blum indicates that the GOP bill would have gone further if he had his...
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May 11, 2017 - 4:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has again overridden a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, this one on legislation limiting civil awards for neighbors who sue hog and chicken operations because of displeasure from the smells nearby. The Senate completed the...
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May 11, 2017 - 3:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The path for Texas to enact its version of a North Carolina-style bathroom bill is poised to get far tougher as the Republican-controlled state House closes in on a key midnight Thursday deadline to approve legislation. A proposal mandating transgender Texans to use public...
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May 11, 2017 - 1:42 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Legislation closing loopholes in South Carolina's open records law is poised to becoming law, but without a key provision that would have enabled the public to get data from obstinate government agencies without hiring a lawyer. The Senate on Thursday approved a bill designed...
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In this photo taken Nov. 8, 2016, then-New York's 19th Congressional District Republican candidate, now-Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., talks with media members after voting in Kinderhook, N.Y. On the job little more than four months, Faso is facing a political firestorm in his own backyard that threatens to consume his first term in Congress just as it begins. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
May 11, 2017 - 11:43 am
KINDERHOOK, N.Y. (AP) — Republican Rep. John Faso is facing a political firestorm in his own upstate New York backyard that threatens to consume his first term in Congress just as it begins. Faso was one of the 217 Republicans who voted last week for the GOP health care bill that analysts say would...
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Fresh off the House vote on repealing Obamacare care, U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, right, holds a town meeting in Willingboro, N.J., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. MacArthur, who played a key role in helping the GOP-led U.S. House pass an Affordable Care Act replacement bill faced angry voters at a town hall Wednesday, with charged questions about health care and President Donald Trump. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
May 11, 2017 - 10:11 am
WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — A Republican who headed the effort to revive the health care overhaul passed by the GOP-led U.S. House faced jeers and insults Wednesday as anger boiled over among voters at a town hall in a heavily Democratic part of his district. Rep. Tom MacArthur faced hundreds of angry...
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Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes questions from members of the media during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Sanders was asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other topics. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 11, 2017 - 1:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey's firing (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Former FBI Director James Comey says in a farewell letter that he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or the "way it was executed." He says in the letter...
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