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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State during opening session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Feb. 21, 2020 5:58 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. States including New...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his friends after giving a press conference at his Chicago home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, one day after having his prison sentence commuted by President Donald Trump. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP)

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

Feb. 20, 2020 9:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for a post-prison career. "I need to start working and...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Justice has told people for years that they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state's economy has improved since he took office. Heading into a 2020 reelection campaign, the billionaire Republican governor has been on a highlight tour where he has repeatedly told the public that the state's job numbers are the best in a decade.(AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

W.Va. gov says economy is rosy, but doubters not buying that

Feb. 20, 2020 11:12 AM EST

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told people they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state's economy has improved since he took office. But for Grace Waterman, snacking on vanilla soft serve in her truck outside the DQ in tiny Elkview, that...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with reporters about the state prison system, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Reeves also gave an update on the search for a Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi moving more inmates out of troubled state prison

Feb. 19, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi on Wednesday started transferring more inmates out of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said about 50 inmates were moved from the Mississippi State Penitentiary...

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...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in Juneau, Alaska. On Wednesday, Feb. 12,  Dunleavy proposed a state lottery as a way to provide a new source of revenue. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska governor proposes lottery amid budget woes

Feb. 12, 2020 6:40 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska, long-reliant on oil and in search of options amid a persistent budget deficit, may turn to the lottery for help. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a lottery. His administration said it could serve as part of his goal of providing greater...

Chief justice warns of potential job cuts in judicial branch

Feb. 11, 2020 5:45 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's chief justice warned Tuesday that the governor's scaled back budget proposal for the judiciary would jeopardize nearly 400 jobs in the judicial branch. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told lawmakers that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's budget proposal fell nearly $49...

Officials: North Dakota oil output may peak within 5 years

Feb. 11, 2020 3:24 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production may peak within five years as companies finish drilling the most prolific portions of the state’s oil patch, state and industry officials told lawmakers Tuesday. Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms, the state’s top oil regulator,...

Key lawmaker says pension funding a top House priority

Feb. 4, 2020 3:27 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Pension funding will be a top priority as the Republican-led Kentucky House starts crafting its own two-year state budget plan, working off the proposal submitted by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, a key lawmaker said Tuesday. House budget committee chairman Steven Rudy predicted the...

Kansas House Taxation Committee Chairman Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, front left, confers with Rep. Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, during the House's session Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Johnson said continued monthly surpluses in state tax collections make the case for cutting income taxes more compelling. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Rising Kansas revenues fuel GOP anger over lack of tax cuts

Feb. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has collected more tax revenue than expected almost every month for more than two years, and Republicans are growing increasingly angry that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly still insists that the state can't afford income tax cuts favored by the GOP-controlled Legislature. The state...