Latest State legislature News

The Latest: Activist: UNC had decades to remove 'Silent Sam'

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the toppling of a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (all times local): 2:15 p.m.' A protester who threw a mixture of red ink and her own blood on a Confederate statue says students, campus workers and community did what the...

Missouri Democrats hope minimum wage measure helps McCaskill

Aug. 21, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats hope a ballot proposal to hike Missouri's minimum wage will boost support for Sen. Claire McCaskill's re-election, a seat Republicans are targeting as a top opportunity to insulate their Senate majority. Even if the measure's presence on the Nov. 6 ballot only spikes...

The Latest: Wyoming governor race attracts voter interest

Aug. 21, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on Wyoming's primary election (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The Wyoming governor's race in Tuesday's primary election brought 18-year-old Slade Raine of Cheyenne out to the polls to vote for the first time. Raine says he voted in the Republican primary for Cheyenne...

2 employees sentenced in mental health clinic fraud

Aug. 21, 2018 10:23 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two former employees of a nonprofit mental health clinic have been sentenced for their roles in helping a member of a politically connected Philadelphia family who was convicted of defrauding the clinic out of more than $1 million. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that...

FBI probes computer hacks in California House campaigns

Aug. 20, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The FBI launched investigations after two Southern California Democratic U.S. House candidates were targeted by computer hackers, though it's unclear whether politics had anything to do with the attacks. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the FBI looked...

Surf's up in California, where it's now the official sport

Aug. 20, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill making it so. The new law declares surfing to be "an iconic California sport" — though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the Polynesian...

Democrats challenge independent bid for Kansas governor

Aug. 20, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats' chances of winning. Attorney Will...

Correction: Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

Aug. 20, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about child sex abuse allegations in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press erroneously reported how a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House in 2016 would have changed state law. The legislation would have allowed lawsuits to be filed on...

Stacey Abrams' record complicates 'radical' label from GOP

Aug. 20, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Campaigning in a north Georgia county where President Donald Trump got 70 percent of the vote, the Democratic nominee for governor recently talked about helping small businesses, expanding access to affordable health care and quality public education, and championing emerging energy...

West Virginia Senate OKs rules for impeachment trials

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for spending of more than $3 million on court office renovations at a time when the state was grappling with millions of dollars in budget...