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WVa Senate passes bill to increase judicial pay

Feb. 17, 2020 1:04 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill to give pay raises to judges statewide. The bill passed on a 29-3 vote. It now goes to the House of Delegates. The West Virginia Judicial Compensation Commission recommended the raises in August, saying judges in the state are...

Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

Feb. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of...

President Donald Trump displays photos of the border wall under construction as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wall claim is beyond 'redemption'

Feb. 15, 2020 8:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the public that Mexico is covering the cost, just as he promised...

Rhode Island government still uses typewriters, microfiche

Feb. 14, 2020 12:31 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some areas of Rhode Island government still rely on machine relics like electric typewriters, dot-matrix printers and microfiche for personnel filing and other uses. State workers handwrite their time cards, which are stored in boxes and then eventually typed out and printed on...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during his inauguration at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

Feb. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Entering a second term without the budget woes of his first, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to dole out nearly $1 million in pay raises to his staff, Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees across state government. The Edwards administration on Thursday provided...

High salaries for Travel Oregon execs called out in audit

Feb. 13, 2020 5:54 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Pay for the director and other managers of Oregon’s travel bureau is among the highest of any state agency, even though Travel Oregon has a much smaller staff and budget, according to a state audit released Thursday. Since 2012, managers’ salaries ballooned by 76%, The...

With budgets drafted, it's crunch time for Florida lawmakers

Feb. 13, 2020 4:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate passed their respective spending plans Thursday, with about a month left in this year's legislative session to reconcile a $1.4 billion gap in policy and funding priorities over state employee pay raises, the environment, teacher salaries...

New manufacturing facility planned for northwest Louisiana

Feb. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Canadian company plans to create an industrial sound control equipment manufacturing facility in northwest Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Thursday. E.I. Williams will make $700,000 in improvements to an existing building in the North Webster Parish Industrial...

Texas health chief named Louisiana's new health secretary

Feb. 12, 2020 5:26 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that he is hiring the leader of Texas' health agency to be the new secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, the state's largest cabinet department with a multibillion-dollar budget. Courtney Phillips, who has led the Texas Health and...

Libya's oil corporation: blockade losses exceed $1.3 billion

Feb. 11, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Economic fallout continues from the shutdown of Libya’s vital oil fields, with losses surpassing $1.3 billion, the national oil corporation announced Tuesday. The latest contest over oil assets in Libya started last month, when powerful tribes loyal to eastern-based forces laying siege...