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The Latest: Lawmakers "determined" to enact budget deal

May. 24, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action in the Arizona Legislature on a state budget (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Arizona Senate President Karen Fann says legislative leaders are still negotiating a few items but "we are bound and determined to try and get a budget out tonight if possible." Fann's comments...

As special session convenes, House Democrats look to 2020

May. 24, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Friday for a special session to finish crafting a $48 billion, two-year state budget, with House Republicans threatening to draw out the proceedings because of their objections to the way top leaders negotiated the bills in a rush behind closed...

Arizona Senate still stuck in limbo on budget deal

May. 24, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature appeared set for another long night of relative inaction as a deal to get holdout Republican senators to sign off on a state budget deal remained elusive Friday evening. Instead, lawmakers passed a handful of bills that had no relation to the budget, including one...

Senate Republicans debut education bill ahead of debate

May. 24, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate Republicans have pitched a broad-based education plan that allows for charter schools but doesn't include vouchers. Senate President Mitch Carmichael released a lengthy draft of the proposal late Friday and said it's a compromise that folds in many ideas backed...

The Latest: Health and human services budget bill unveiled

May. 24, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's special session (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Minnesota legislators meeting in special session have gotten their first look at a 649-page health and human services funding package the state's next two-year budget. The Senate plans to approve the 649-page bill...

Michigan Legislature approves bill to cut high auto premiums

May. 24, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Legislature on Friday passed a landmark bill that would cut the country's highest auto insurance premiums by letting drivers forego a one-of-a-kind requirement to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The votes followed the announcement of an agreement between...

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

The Latest: Michigan Legislature passes auto insurance bill

May. 24, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's auto insurance legislation (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Michigan's Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce the country's highest auto insurance premiums. The votes Friday came after a deal was announced between Republican legislative...

Online video of GOP House candidate may target super PACs

May. 24, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a sign that rich flows of untraceable money are expected to influence the election for a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant after earlier allegations of ballot fraud, a cleanly produced video of the Republican candidate has been posted online for use by supportive outside...

Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

May. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could...