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Democrats target prescription drug affordability, access

Oct. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate are working on a package of bills aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. Lawmakers say the measures will allow the importation of low-cost medications from Canada and will expand drug pricing transparency. Other bills...

Ban on single-use plastic bags taking effect in Providence

Oct. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A ban on single-use plastic bags in the city of Providence is going into effect. The city says the ordinance takes effect on Tuesday. It prohibits retailers form offering single-use plastic bags at checkout counters, unless they can prove a qualifying exemption. The ordinance allows...

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Oct. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major flooding and the struggling farm economy. Key lawmakers said they're...

North Carolina Republicans return for session likely end

Oct. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly could soon be done wrestling with legislation this year, but that doesn't mean they'll pin down a broad budget law or path forward on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers return Monday following a roughly 10-day break. Senate leader Phil Berger said his...

UK's Johnson asks for Brexit delay, but argues against it

Oct. 19, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.'s exit, scheduled for Oct....

Capitol Watch: Politics decide when bills get to Cuomo desk

Oct. 19, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A huge pile of legislation passed this year by newly empowered New York Democrats is still awaiting the governor's signature, and advocacy groups and lawmakers are clamoring to get their bills turned into law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a 10-day deadline to act on bills after they are...

House passes bill to name post office after Jeannette Rankin

Oct. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to name a Montana post office building in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The Missoulian reported Thursday that the approval came Wednesday to rename the building after the Missoula-born Republican known as the first woman to hold...

Details emerge in accidental shooting in school cafeteria

Oct. 18, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eleven young heads turned toward the explosive noise coming from the side of the school lunchroom. A young girl in jeans and white shoes moved her hands toward her ears. A cafeteria worker ducked behind the counter. White smoke lingered. It took everyone a moment to process the...

Lawmakers revisit protective orders for vulnerable adults

Oct. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are revisiting legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, exploitation and neglect. The Legislature made financial exploitation of vulnerable adults a crime in 2014 and followed up with legislation this year creating a new type of protective...

California utility chief pledges to improve communications

Oct. 17, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility pledged to improve communications. But it reminded state regulators that its difficult decision to pre-emptively shut off power to more than 2 million people last week may have prevented deadly wildfires. Bill Johnson, chief executive of Pacific Gas &...