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Murphy says White House still open to background checks bill

Aug. 23, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The White House has told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy that President Donald Trump remains committed to working on expanded background checks legislation for gun purchases, but the Connecticut Democrat acknowledged Friday he's skeptical whether anything will happen. Murphy said he spoke...

Texas gun rights lobby pushing back on calls for new laws

Aug. 23, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby swiftly pushed back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws after a gunman killed 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's Republican...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

Venezuela opposition leader vows to shun early election

Aug. 23, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said Friday that opponents of President Nicolás Maduro won't participate in any early legislative elections he calls amid a protracted power struggle. Guaidó said in an interview with The Associated Press that it would be a...

Cooper vetoes bill designed to retool reading program

Aug. 23, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill designed to clean up a North Carolina student reading comprehension program championed for years by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger. Cooper said on Friday he vetoed the measure approved to retool the "Read to Achieve" program, which...

The Latest: House blocks resolution condemning neo-Nazis

Aug. 23, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House electing a new speaker (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A resolution condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacy stalled in the Tennessee House during a special legislative session after lawmakers disagreed over procedural rules. Democratic Rep. John Ray...

DOJ making changes to agency that runs immigration courts

Aug. 23, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday announced changes to the agency that runs the country's immigration courts, giving its director authority to weigh in and make appellate rulings on cases. The interim rule published by the Justice Department faced immediate criticism by the immigration...

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court is reversing a lower court decision and ruling that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy barring atheists from delivering invocations doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the...

Oklahoma's Medicaid reimbursement rates to increase 5%

Aug. 23, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health care providers who offer services to SoonerCare patients in Oklahoma are expected to see a 5% rate increase that will raise the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate to its highest level in more than five years. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority said Friday the new rate will be...

Governor vetoes extension of business tax incentive programs

Aug. 23, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed an extension of two tax incentive programs that are the subject of a state investigation. Murphy's conditional veto on Friday returns the bill to the Legislature with recommended changes. An auditor report and a comptroller review have...