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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. A March 2016 email from Herrell asked fellow Republican state legislators if they were interested in supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president and if they would like to sign an attached endorsement card. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

New Mexico Republicans decry liberal PAC ad in GOP primary

May. 25, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Republicans in New Mexico called Sunday on a liberal Super PAC to pull ads that seek to favor one GOP U.S. House candidate over another. U.S. House hopeful and former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell, who is praised in the ad for her support for President Donald Trump, said Sunday she...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Burl Cain responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Cain was warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is commonly known as Angola, for 21 years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

May. 24, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nominee to lead Mississippi's troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana's Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates' rights have also condemned his...

Group appeals order in favor of Maryland lockdown rules

May. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several state lawmakers, religious leaders and other plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge’s refusal to strike down a stay-at-home order and other restrictions that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Judge won't reconsider lawsuit brought by Madigan opponent

May. 24, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge won't reconsider his decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan conspired to put up sham candidates in a 2016 Democratic primary. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly denied a motion Saturday to reconsider an August decision on a lawsuit...

Nearly 2,100 still need to send back refund sent in error

May. 24, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 2,100 Louisiana taxpayers have yet to return refund money they were sent as the result of a mistake. WAFB -TV reports that nearly $595,000 is involved. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says computer problems led to 66,780 individual income tax refunds totaling $26.9...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

Illinois lawmakers pass $40B budget, Chicago casino measure

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved an approximately $40 billion state budget early Sunday that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The budget, which largely relies on...

Illinois House passes budget relying on federal funding

May. 23, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House passed a $40 billion state budget late Saturday that relies heavily on federal funding. The Chicago Tribune reported the spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 now heads to the Senate. The budget passed on a largely party-line vote of 68-44. The...

A moderator signals 30-seconds remaining to senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., right, during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. David Lindstrom, left, Susan Wagle, second from left, Kris Kobach, middle, and Bob Hamilton, second from right, share the debate stage. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber's Senate bid surges

May. 23, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't know how he'd go about getting it. The question to Bob...