Latest Legislature News

Board votes to boost Oklahoma lawmaker's pay 35% to $47,500

Oct. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The board that sets the salaries of Oklahoma lawmakers voted Tuesday to boost legislative pay by 35% next year, just two years after cutting lawmakers' pay. Jake Lowrey, spokesman for the Office of Management & Enterprise Services, said the Legislative Compensation Board cut...

Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

Oct. 15, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors' Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate...

Sen. Lindsey Graham posts record $3.29M fundraising haul

Oct. 15, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has posted what his campaign says is a record-setting fundraising haul as he seeks a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Graham's $3.29 million raised in the third quarter of this year is the most raised in a single quarter by any candidate in South...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'

Oct. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also...

Former WH aide: John Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade'

Oct. 15, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — National security adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's back-channel activities in Ukraine that he described President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a "hand grenade who is going to blow everybody up," according to a former White House aide. The testimony from Fiona...

Romanian president asks Ludovic Orban to form new government

Oct. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Tuesday nominated Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. Orban has 10 days from receiving President Klaus Iohannis' mandate to build support in the Romanian Parliament,...

The Latest: Scottish party won't accept Brexit plans

Oct. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The leader of the independence-minded Scottish National Party says her party will never accept British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans. Nicola Sturgeon told her party conference Tuesday that Scottish voters had opposed leaving...

France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...

Poland's right-wing wins but leader Kaczynski wants more

Oct. 15, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski has guided Poland's conservative ruling party to capture the biggest electoral share for any party in 30 years of democracy in Poland — yet the man who has dreamed of power since childhood is still a bit disappointed. Kaczynski's focus on social benefits and...