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Michigan Legislature narrowly OKs A-to-F grades for schools

Dec. 18, 2018 11:04 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature backed letter grades for public schools on Tuesday night, narrowly endorsing a statewide accountability structure that would begin in 2019. The bill will soon go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature, capping a yearslong GOP effort to...

Michigan GOP votes to shield donors to political nonprofits

Dec. 18, 2018 10:34 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans voted Tuesday to make it a crime for government agencies to require the disclosure of nonprofits' donors and other information, a move decried by critics as shielding political "dark money" but defended by supporters as protecting people's right to freedom of...

The Latest: Michigan bill to strip Dem's power in trouble

Dec. 18, 2018 10:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on developments during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Legislation that would strip campaign finance oversight from the incoming Democratic secretary of state and shift it to a new bipartisan commission is in trouble in Michigan's...

Highlights of the criminal justice overhaul bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:48 PM EST

The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping criminal justice overhaul. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill: —Attempts to focus the toughest sentences on the most violent offenders by lowering mandatory minimum sentences for prior...

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

Dec. 18, 2018 9:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of...

The Latest: Trump hails passage of criminal justice bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate's consideration of criminal justice legislation (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is hailing Senate passage of a sweeping criminal justice bill. Trump tweets, "America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens,...

Kentucky legislature adjourns without passing pension bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:15 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Called back into session after a stinging loss at the Supreme Court, Kentucky's Republican-dominated legislature decided to go home on Tuesday without passing a replacement pension law despite warnings of financial ruin by the state's GOP governor. Kentucky has one of the worst-funded...

The Latest: Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance

Dec. 18, 2018 9:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appear to be pulling back from a government shutdown over his...

Kushner credited for pushing rare bipartisan bill

Dec. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump's White House. And they came at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner — a top White House adviser whom many liberal and good-government groups have criticized, questioning his...

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

Dec. 18, 2018 9:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders...