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Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups

Mar. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into the Nassau County jail, and withdrawal...

Senators' concerns target U of Maryland system for $1M cut

Mar. 15, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate panel wants to cut $1 million from the state university system's top office in the contentious aftermath of a football player's death and a separate case in which the system's chancellor promoted a jewelry company's charm bracelets and then retaliated against his...

AP FACT CHECK: Immigrants won't get better tuition than vets

Mar. 14, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

Wisconsin Republicans are decrying a policy in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget that would grant in-state tuition at public colleges to non-U.S. citizens who graduated from a Wisconsin high school or have been a resident of the state for three years. Democrats enacted the benefit more than a decade ago...

Michigan governor defends proposal for steep fuel tax rise

Mar. 5, 2019 5:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday defended her proposal to nearly triple Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax to make it the highest in the nation, promising no more "shell games" or "half measures" to reverse the deteriorating condition of the roads. The proposal — the...

Full text of Gov. Bill Lee's State of the State address

Mar. 4, 2019 7:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Lee's first annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday: Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speaker Casada, Speaker Pro Tem Haile, Speaker Pro Tem Dunn, Members of the 111th...

A look at Tennessee Gov. Lee's 1st budget proposal

Mar. 4, 2019 7:11 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee is using his first budget blueprint to call for a voucher-style education plan, raises for teachers, correctional officers and other public workers, economic incentives for new Amazon and Volkswagen projects, a big deposit into state savings, and...

Michigan governor proposes nearly tripling the gas tax

Mar. 4, 2019 6:09 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on a bold promise to "fix the damn roads" in the capital of the U.S. auto industry, will propose nearly tripling the state's per-gallon fuel tax, her office said Monday. The Democrat's budget proposal, which will be a tough sell in...

Correction: China-People's Congress story

Mar. 3, 2019 7:50 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — In a story March 1 about China's National People's Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year that tax and charity laws were passed and the type of legislation approved in 2005. The Congress passed tax and charity laws in 2016, not 2007, and it approved an anti-secession...

Gov. Bill Lee to set agenda after tumultuous first 45 days

Mar. 3, 2019 10:46 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After hinting for weeks about his top priorities for Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee will finally unveil his first ever budget proposal and legislative agenda to state lawmakers on Monday. But his policies are not the only drama looming at the statehouse. The upcoming State of the State...

Cuomo drops proposal to ban all modified stretch limos

Feb. 25, 2019 6:13 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dropping a proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines, an idea prompted by last fall's crash that killed 20 people. The Times Union of Albany reports Monday that the provision was stricken from Cuomo's state budget proposal. Cuomo is still seeking...