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Biden's handwritten notes part of classified docs probe

Feb. 02, 2023 17:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is a man who writes down his thoughts. And some of those handwritten musings over his decades of public service are now a part of a special counsel's investigation into the handling of classified documents. It isn't clear yet what the...

Minnesota moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

Feb. 02, 2023 16:46 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities would be obligated to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 to step up the fight against climate change under a bill speeding through the Legislature. The bill was slated for a final vote on the Senate floor Thursday night...

Bill advances that would ban guns at polls in New Mexico

Feb. 02, 2023 01:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that would prohibit firearms at New Mexico polling places during elections with exceptions for police officers cleared its first hurdle at the Legislature on Wednesday. A Senate panel voted 6-3 along party lines, with Republicans in opposition, to...

Brazil's Congress reelects leaders, aiding Lula's agenda

Feb. 01, 2023 18:51 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to reelect the heads of both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, bolstering President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's prospects for passing legislation and governing in the polarized nation. Chamber Speaker Arthur Lira...

South Dakota Senate censures, reinstates suspended lawmaker

Feb. 01, 2023 18:40 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday censured and reinstated a Republican senator who was suspended last week amid allegations she harassed a legislative aide by telling the aide that she had harmed her child by getting him vaccinated. The Republican-controlled...

N. Carolina senators want tougher utility attack penalties

Feb. 01, 2023 17:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Punishments would get tougher in North Carolina for intentionally damaging utility equipment — like what authorities say happened two months ago when tens of thousands of Moore County residents lost electricity for days — in legislation filed Wednesday by Senate...

Warnock, deal-maker yet party loyalist, settles into Senate

Feb. 01, 2023 17:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly reelected Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia is promising to use his first full term to cut deals where possible with Republicans and deliver for his home state. But he’s adding a new role: unapologetic supporter of President Joe Biden. Warnock,...

GOP-led panel again defeats campaign finance reform

Feb. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-led Virginia House panel voted down legislation early Wednesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a vacation, mortgage or country club membership. Virginia’s elected officials are outliers in...

West Virginia House OKs bill expanding advocate's authority

Feb. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to expand the authority of the state foster care advocate to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. Before the 100-member House voted in unison in favor, Deputy House Speaker...

GOP declares victory in conservative state Senate district

Feb. 01, 2023 10:28 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans are declaring victory in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in a heavily Republican district in northern Pennsylvania. The Republican candidate, state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, led Democrat Patricia Lawton by a more than...