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Reps. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, left; Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles, center; and Jerome

Louisiana lawmakers finish regular session without budget

Jun. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wrapping up a shortened regular session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana lawmakers Monday handed business groups the limits on car wreck lawsuits that they've sought for years while punting completion of next year's budget to another session. The House and Senate...

Kansas governor's team to discuss coronavirus relief funds

Jun. 1, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that a team she appointed to help her plan for the state's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will begin discussing this week how to spend $1.25 billion in federal relief funds. The Democratic governor also said she is confident that she can...

FILE - In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Analysis: Louisiana Legislature asserting its independence

May. 31, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Pressing to assert their constitutional independence, Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders are doing something Monday their predecessors have only done once before: convening a special session that they called themselves. The simple fact of lawmakers convening their own...

President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening country after the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos' loan rules

May. 29, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure that would have overturned a policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued in 2019 making it harder for students to get their loans erased after being misled by for-profit colleges. The Senate gave final approval to the bipartisan measure in March, dealing a...

FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt smiles at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of funding. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma scraps plan to expand Medicaid on July 1

May. 29, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of state funding. The state's Medicaid Director Melody Anthony notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a letter Thursday that the state was withdrawing its...

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. legislature OKs bill overturning Cooper order on bars

May. 28, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators voted on Thursday to essentially overturn Gov. Roy Cooper's order keeping bars closed due to COVID-19, deciding that serving customers outside for an economic punch was worth any additional risk of congregating. The legislation, approved by the...

Higher Anchorage property tax bills linked to school funding

May. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage property tax bills have increased over the last year, rising to an average of $1,675 per $100,000 of property. The increase is related to a transfer of school bond debt reimbursement burden from the state to local taxpayers resulting from a veto by Republican Gov. Mike...

FILE- In this March 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump talks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington, as Attorney General William Barr looks on. Legislation to extend surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown in doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans all came out in opposition. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Democrats pull surveillance bill after Trump veto threat

May. 28, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Thursday pulled legislation from the House floor to extend FBI surveillance authorities after President Donald Trump and Republicans turned against the measure and ensured its defeat. The House later voted 284-122 to officially start those negotiations. House Speaker Nancy...

FILE- In this March 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump talks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington, as Attorney General William Barr looks on. Legislation to extend surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown in doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans all came out in opposition. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bipartisan opposition leaves surveillance bill in doubt

May. 27, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation extending surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. House Democratic leaders abruptly adjourned...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks about protecting seniors, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tennessee to halt sharing COVID-19 patient data

May. 27, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon stop providing the names and addresses of COVID-19 patients to first responders, after initially arguing that doing so would protect those on the front line. Gov. Bill Lee’s administration decided on the change this week, conceding that the data may have...