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Analysis: New leaders set course for Mississippi Legislature

Dec. 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees. Republican Philip Gunn of Clinton has enough support among current and...

Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

Dec. 7, 2019 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues...

Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

Dec. 6, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses. The updated legislation unveiled by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would lower the...

Governor puts House on timetable to pass minimum wage bill

Dec. 6, 2019 5:48 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is putting the state House of Representatives on a timeline to pass legislation he has long sought to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage, saying Friday that the Republican-controlled chamber has until the end of the month. If the House doesn't pass the bill, Wolf's...

WV House to return for special session later this month

Dec. 6, 2019 5:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates will reconvene later this month to continue the second special legislative session, officials said Friday. Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw on Friday issued a call for the chamber to meet Monday, Dec. 16, at noon. A spokesman for the House...

Look out texters: Official wants distracted driving cameras

Dec. 6, 2019 4:30 PM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A new set of eyes may soon be watching some Maryland roads: Surveillance cameras that can see if drivers are using their cellphones. Montgomery County Councilman Tom Hucker asked Democratic Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher Monday to file a bill that would allow the county to use...

USM ditches attempt to become UMaine-Portland

Dec. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine is ditching its effort to become the University of Maine at Portland, for the time being, at least. The state lawmaker sponsoring a bill to change the name has withdrawn the proposal at the request of USM officials. USM President Glenn Cummings...

Water-rights bill to include $1.9 billion for Montana tribes

Dec. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he plans to introduce legislation help to settle a long-awaited water rights deal with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The bill would quantify the tribes' water rights on and off the reservation and pay $1.9 billion to settle their...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Thousands protest Indian citizenship bill excluding Muslims

Dec. 6, 2019 6:03 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — More than 1,000 students marched Friday in India’s northeast against a bill approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from India's three Muslim-majority neighbors. The marchers took to the streets of Gauhati, the...