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Connecticut tolls clear first legislative vote of session

Mar. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have advanced legislation that could lead to electronic tolls. But it remains unclear whether the full General Assembly will pass a tolling bill this year, considering many legislators have deep apprehension about levying a new tax on drivers. Three tolling...

Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state's flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor. The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas' flag, but to...

Farm bill attempts to aid North Carolina hemp production

Mar. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and a key legislator say proposed rules for hemp production will help position North Carolina farmers to compete and thrive in the emerging industry. Troxler, Sen. Brent Jackson and other senators on Wednesday unveiled the new state regulations in...

Medicaid waiver proposal clears Georgia House panel

Mar. 20, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation authorizing Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue a Medicaid waiver was approved by a state House panel Wednesday, potentially giving Georgia more flexibility to use federal funding but also capping who's covered by an expansion. Georgia is one of 14 states that haven't fully...

Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House

Mar. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bitter, partisan debate erupted on the Minnesota House floor Wednesday when Republicans tried to bring up a health care reinsurance bill that House Democrats oppose as a giveaway to the insurance industry. Back in 2017, when Republicans controlled both chambers of the Legislature,...

2 extradited in slaying tied to charity-gone-wrong story

Mar. 20, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore truck driver who blamed his wife's slaying on a case of charity gone wrong is being flown back to Maryland's biggest city along with his daughter to face murder charges in a case that drew international attention. It's been one of the more bizarre real-life crime sagas in a...

Montana lawmakers consider bill allowing early ballot counts

Mar. 20, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's election administrators are asking lawmakers to allow them to open and begin counting absentee ballots earlier because the number of mailed-in ballots continues to increase. The Senate has passed a bill that would allow absentee ballots to be opened starting on the Thursday...

The Latest: Santee Cooper sale may not be governor's choice

Mar. 20, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper (all times local): 5:45 p.m. South Carolina Senate leaders say it isn't their intention to turn over the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper to the governor. A proposal introduced Wednesday by Senate...

Democrat who backed heartbeat bill loses endorsement

Mar. 20, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with Planned Parenthood say they have withdrawn their support of a Tennessee Democrat who voted in favor of a bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday it...

Senate Leader: Let S. Carolina gov sell state-owned utility

Mar. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of the South Carolina Senate said lawmakers have studied whether to sell state-owned Santee Cooper enough and it is time to start collecting bids and making a decision on the utility's future. The bill introduced Wednesday by Senate President Harvey Peeler would authorize...