Latest State legislature News

The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar told The...

Jury to decide PG&E's role in California wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined the...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

Aug. 16, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors. The new guidance in the...

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

County NAACP group seeks sheriff's apology for racist texts

Aug. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter has asked a sheriff to apologize for recently discovered racist remarks and the group wants an official reprimand from the county board that appropriates the sheriff's office's funds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP on...

Judge: Lawmaker erred by blocking critic on Twitter

Aug. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri state representative violated a critic's constitutional rights by blocking him from her Twitter account. KMIZ-TV reports that U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes said in Friday's ruling that Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch's political Tweets made...

Nebraska child services director leaving post next month

Aug. 16, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state administrator who oversees public services for children and families is leaving his job next month. Matt Wallen is stepping down as director of Nebraska's Children and Family Services Division, which is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Gov. Pete...

Contests help Utah couples afford fertility treatments

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dallas Griffin had just arrived at work this spring when he heard a radio ad announcing a contest for a free round of in vitro fertilization. "He heard it and called me real quick and said, 'You have to listen to this. You have to go email them our story,'" his wife, McKayla Griffin,...

Lamont asks lawmakers to help review quasi-public agencies

Aug. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont is asking Connecticut legislative leaders to work with him on reviewing the state's quasi-public agencies, a couple of which have come under scrutiny for their management practices. Considered more nimble than a traditional state agency, quasi-publics are...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...