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Michigan governor's budget prioritizes tax cuts, schools

Feb. 08, 2023 15:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed a $79 billion budget that aims to substantially invest in schools and public health while cutting taxes for the state's retirees and low-income households. Unveiled in a joint session between the House and...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Feb. 08, 2023 14:42 PM EST

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. February 2, 2023. Editorial: Mixed results from student speech survey There’s reason to be concerned about some of the responses in the UW System’s survey of student views on free speech, but we’re not convinced the results are as...

Bill raising riot penalties in North Carolina clears House

Feb. 08, 2023 14:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill increasing punishments for violent protests following the 2020 demonstrations over George Floyd's murder passed the North Carolina House on Wednesday despite harsh criticism from social justice advocates. Some bipartisan support signals a potential override of any veto...

In new role, Sanders demands answers from Starbucks' Schultz

Feb. 08, 2023 14:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders settles into his new role as chairman of the Senate committee that oversees health and labor issues, he says some corporations “should be nervous.” And the longtime liberal crusader’s first target is Howard Schultz, the interim CEO of...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 08, 2023 13:41 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 4, 2023. Editorial: Initiative Bill Needs More Work A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a bill that would create a ballot initiative to replace the one voided by the state Supreme Court in 2021. What’s interesting, though, is...

Today in History: FEB 8, Mary, Queen of Scots beheaded

Feb. 08, 2023 00:10 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2023. There are 332 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a...

Democrats win control of Pennsylvania House, end GOP rule

Feb. 07, 2023 22:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats won control of the Pennsylvania House in special elections Tuesday, wresting partial power from Republicans for the first time in a dozen years in the competitive swing state. Democrats won all three vacant Pittsburgh-area House seats to claim a...

Virginia Senate Democrats reject 3 Youngkin appointees

Feb. 07, 2023 22:06 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate Democrats voted Tuesday to reject several appointees of GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, including the state health commissioner. The chamber approved resolutions containing dozens of Youngkin appointees after the names of those to whom they objected...

Virginia lawmakers hustle ahead of legislative deadline

Feb. 07, 2023 21:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The politically divided Virginia General Assembly churned through hundreds of bills Tuesday as it approached a key deadline for the year's legislative session. Lawmakers debated topics ranging from accommodations for transgender students to abortion...

North Carolina Senate OKs limits on LGBTQ school instruction

Feb. 07, 2023 18:36 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Public school teachers in North Carolina would be required in most circumstances to alert parents before they call a student by a different name or pronoun, under a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate on Tuesday. Senators rejected a wave of...