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Vermont Senate approves paid family leave bill

Jan. 19, 2020 3:38 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate approved a paid family leave bill by enough votes to override a potential veto by Gov. Phil Scott. The legislation was approved by a vote of 20-9 in the Senate on Friday and is now headed to the House. The bill provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth of...

University leaders plead for NC budget stalemate to end

Jan. 17, 2020 3:15 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina campuses -- including students and employees -- could suffer if the extended state budget impasse isn't resolved soon, system President Bill Roper said Friday. A two-year budget that was supposed to take effect last July 1 has never been enacted....

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Vermont legislators push for more gun restrictions

Jan. 16, 2020 4:45 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are proposing a number of gun-related restrictions that they say are aimed at keeping Vermonters and their children safe, including a waiting period, after Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a similar measure last session. Some senators and advocates gathered at a...

Flanked by Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman, left, and Senate President Susan Wagle, Gov. Laura Kelly outlines her agenda for the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature in the annual State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas governor pushes for highway plan, Medicaid expansion

Jan. 15, 2020 9:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday called for a new program to improve the state's roads and bridges, urged state lawmakers to approve a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan and warned she is likely to veto the income tax cuts that Republicans are pursuing. The Democratic governor...

Lawmakers aim to stop closure of 2 institutions for disabled

Jan. 15, 2020 7:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fight to block Gov. Tom Wolf from closing two state centers for the intellectually disabled produced a second large majority in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, even as Wolf vowed to continue a decades-old trend away from institutional care. The state...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Linda Evarts, an attorney for the International Refugee Assistant Project, speaks to the media outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. A federal judge agreed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, to block the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order allowing state and local government officials to reject refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction requested by three national refugee resettlement agencies that sued to challenge the executive order. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman, File)

Judge halts Trump's order allowing states to block refugees

Jan. 15, 2020 7:05 PM EST

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted President Donald Trump's executive order that gave state and local officials the ability to shut the door on refugees, and ignited a fierce debate in communities about how welcoming the United States should be. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte...

N Carolina Medicaid expansion advocates 'mad' as bill idles

Jan. 15, 2020 6:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid to more of the working poor amid a lingering budget stalemate and continued skepticism among top Senate Republicans about the idea. The General Assembly met Tuesday for a session in which...

Ruling means city can't deny refugees over mayor's objection

Jan. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Refugees will continue to be placed in a Massachusetts city where the mayor is strongly opposed to the newcomers after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that local governments can’t be granted “veto power” over the resettlement process, a refugee resettlement agency said...

Wisconsin Assembly GOP override vote on nurse bill fails

Jan. 15, 2020 3:53 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans failed to override Gov. Tony Evers' veto of a bill that would make it easier to become a nurse's aide in Wisconsin after Democrats who previously voted for the proposal did not support the Wednesday override attempt. The bill at issue would reduce the number of training...