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Washington state lawmaker's comments raise ire of nurses

Apr. 20, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses by commenting in a speech that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals. The Olympian reports that state Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican, made the comments this week while debating a Senate bill that would...

The week ahead in Florida: Budget, highways, guns in schools

Apr. 20, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are entering the final two weeks of their annual 60-day session — the period when bills either start flying, or start dying. It's when things get unpredictable and hectic as deals are being made on the largest issues facing lawmakers. And even though...

Egyptians vote on changes that would extend el-Sissi's rule

Apr. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role. Critics have blasted the proposed changes as another major step toward an...

Actress Anjelica Huston supports banning fur sales in NYC

Apr. 20, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Anjelica Huston is supporting efforts to outlaw fur sales in the fashion mecca of New York. Huston says in an opinion piece in the Daily News that she used to think fur was a symbol of "glamour and affluence" but now she's ashamed of having supported the fur trade years ago. She is...

Lawmakers will get to work next year on funding county jails

Apr. 20, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers want to take a closer look at increasing state funding for Maine's county jail. The Bangor Daily News reports lawmakers have kicked back the issue until next year. The Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee this month voted to kill six bills to...

At 19, Wisconsin's youngest lawmaker aiming high

Apr. 20, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In some ways, Kalan Haywood is a typical 19-year-old: His spare time is spent eating out with friends, going to movies, bowling and binge-watching Netflix. Not that Haywood has much time on his hands now that he's a state lawmaker — Wisconsin's youngest. The Milwaukee teenager's...

North Dakota Supreme Court may weigh in on Marsy's Law

Apr. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court could soon clarify who is considered a victim under Marsy's Law, which embedded victim's rights into the state constitution. The high court is expected to rule in the upcoming months in a case that uses the 2016 constitutional amendment to dispute...

Capitol Watch: Farmworker labor debate, Cuomo taxes

Apr. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers will hold hearings on a proposal to repeal an 80-year-old law that prevents farmworkers in the state from unionizing. The proposal has long languished in Albany, but supporters are more hopeful now that Democrats control the entire Legislature. Meanwhile, a look...

Iraq summit brings together rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran

Apr. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A summit organized by Iraq brought together regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as part of a broader effort by Iraqi leaders to fashion the country's image as a friend among neighbors. Scarred by more than three decades of war, Iraq is recasting itself as a mediator among...

Some items off the table as House takes up state budget

Apr. 20, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers preparing for debate on the state's $42.7 billion budget have submitted more than 1,300 amendments to the July 1 fiscal year spending plan, but several of the more contentious issues facing the Legislature appear to be off the table — for the moment at...