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Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

Alaska governor seeks to tighten work rules for food stamps

Aug. 11, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor is seeking to tighten the rules for food stamp recipients, officials said. Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration wants to implement federal work requirements for low-income adults who receive food assistance, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. The change...

AP: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar

Aug. 11, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa put $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri allotted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic Mississippi...

'No timidity' for California governor's wife on key causes

Aug. 10, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom was wrapping up a meeting with the president of El Salvador in April when his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, spoke up in fluent Spanish. What, she asked Salvador Sánchez Cerén, did he have to say about the country's poor record on women's...

Oil unease: Alaska faces tough budget decisions

Aug. 9, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their native...

Business Highlights

Aug. 9, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

___ Huawei unveils phone system that could replace Android BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei has unveiled its own operating system for smartphones that could replace Android if U.S. sanctions on the company cut off access to Google's system. The company says it will release its first smartphone...

Conservative think tank sues Wisconsin's Evers over access

Aug. 7, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative think tank has filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, alleging he violated the First Amendment rights of staff members who were denied access to a press briefing and kept off an advisory list sent to other reporters. The MacIver Institute...

Group launching effort to seek recall of Alaska's governor

Jul. 31, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group that includes a coal company chairman and a framer of Alaska's constitution is launching an effort aimed at recalling Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, weeks after his far-reaching budget vetoes prompted public outrage. In late June, Dunleavy announced vetoes of more than $400...

Conservative lawsuit challenges Wisconsin governor's vetoes

Jul. 31, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Wednesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of lawmakers through partial budget vetoes — a move that would reverse more than four decades of precedent. The lawsuit, filed on...

Medicaid, budget fight test North Carolina governor's clout

Jul. 27, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper often got steamrolled by Republicans when they held comfortable legislative majorities during his first two years on the job. They could usually ignore his objections about their conservative agenda and override his vetoes. That's changed since...