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Chicago man gets probation for threatening then-Sen. Flake

Aug. 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man was sentenced Monday to three years' probation after previously admitting he left a threatening voicemail for former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Flake, a Republican who left office at the end of 2018, played a...

The Latest: Probation for man who threatened then-Sen. Flake

Aug. 19, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on sentencing of a Chicago man for leaving a threatening voicemail for then-Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A Chicago man has been sentenced to three years of probation for leaving a...

NC legislators supporting Medicaid expansion hold hearing

Aug. 16, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A health policy expert and residents struggling to find affordable insurance are planned speakers for a hearing before North Carolina General Assembly members pressing for passage of Medicaid expansion this year. Democratic Sen. Paul Lowe is leading a legislative field heading...

State official urges US government to regulate chemicals

Aug. 13, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

LITCHFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A top New Hampshire environmental official says the federal government should be leading the way in setting standards for a class of toxic chemicals that has caused widespread contamination in the state. The state's Department of Environmental Services Assistant Commissioner Clark...

Bolton's UK trade-deal promise leaves questions unanswered

Aug. 13, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that getting a free trade deal with the United States would be "a tough old haggle," after U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the U.K. quick sector-by-sector trade deals once it leaves the European Union. Bolton said after...

Senators to probe disarray at Department of Human Services

Aug. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of Senate committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on the disarray in Minnesota's Department of Human Services. The department, which is Minnesota's largest state agency, has come under sharp criticism in recent weeks that helped push out Gov. Tim Walz's original...

Walz calls for legislative hearings on gun safety, insulin

Aug. 12, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he still wants Senate Republicans to hold hearings on Democratic proposals for gun control and emergency insulin supplies. The governor told reporters Monday he finds it "absolutely unacceptable" that none have been scheduled following the latest mass shootings in...

Lutheran Social Service chief to lead troubled state agency

Aug. 12, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz named Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota chief executive Jodi Harpstead to take over the troubled Department of Human Services on Monday, choosing a leader with experience managing large organizations to replace his first choice who abruptly resigned. Pam Wheelock...

Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in

Aug. 2, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of fresh political uncertainty. Rosselló had promised to step...

GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by Trump

Aug. 1, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber's accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. But topping McConnell's list were Senate votes this week confirming 13 of...