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1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers 'surprise' bill

Jun. 20, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a "surprise" medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan...

Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo signs abortion rights bill

Jun. 19, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill Wednesday to preserve federal abortion protections in state law. The Senate passed the bill and immediately transmitted it to the House, which resumed its session to pass it. Raimondo signed it in her office, calling it an "important,...

Electronic voting machines could get reprieve in House bill

Jun. 19, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina counties that still use touchscreen-only voting systems could get a reprieve from a state law that would scrap those machines before the 2020 elections. The House voted unanimously on Wednesday for legislation that would enable the State Board of Elections to extend use...

Pennsylvania moves to expand limits on opioid prescriptions

Jun. 19, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to further clamp down on powerful painkiller prescriptions in Pennsylvania passed the state Senate on Wednesday as part of a broader package to fight opioid addiction, nearly three years after lawmakers launched their first broad effort to curb a growing epidemic. Gov....

Some NY clerks won't give licenses to those in US illegally

Jun. 19, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Some county clerks in New York say they will defy a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the United States illegally. Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns says Wednesday he's going to federal court with his concerns that the law signed by Democratic Gov....

Editorials from around New York

Jun. 19, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The New York Post on the protesters in Hong Kong June 18 Hong Kong's protesters have won — for now. But the sword of the Chinese Communist Party still hangs above all 7 million people of the city. On Sunday, 2 million marched...

The left hails Nevada legislative session amid 2020 backdrop

Jun. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the dust settles on Nevada's Legislative session, the buffet of progressive laws passed by the Democrat-controlled, female-majority Legislature has been hailed as an example by the party's presidential candidates and others on the left. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have tweeted...

Ivey signs law allowing church to hire police force

Jun. 19, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses. The law approved two weeks ago allows the Birmingham-based church to set-up a private law enforcement department to make...

DNR board to vote on permanent catfish season framework

Jun. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board plans to consider permanent regulations governing bow- and hand-fishing seasons for catfish. The regulations impose no statewide size limit but establish a daily bag limit of one flathead catfish and five channel catfish. The hand-fishing...

Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church law calls...