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Pension-relief measure clears Kentucky Senate committee

Jul. 23, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief plan sailed through a Senate panel just a day after surviving a close House vote, putting the measure on the brink of final passage in a special legislative session that looks to be nearing a conclusion. The Senate State and Local Government...

GOP, Dems offer compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

Jul. 23, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people. Iowa...

Republicans running for Mississippi governor set for debate

Jul. 23, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents are getting a chance to hear a debate among the three Republicans running for governor. The one-hour program begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the WJTV television studio in Jackson. It is airing on statewide TV, radio and online. Former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief...

Pot decriminalization, tax revenue proposed at federal level

Jul. 23, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

A new proposal to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level has been introduced in Congress. The bill introduced Tuesday has high-profile sponsors in Sen. Kamala Harris of California and U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York, both Democrats. The proposal would remove marijuana from...

Senate approves bill to extend 9/11 victims fund

Jul. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The vote came after Democratic senators...

Biden criminal justice plan reverses part of 1994 crime bill

Jul. 23, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party. The former vice president is calling for an end to the disparity that placed stricter...

Tribal leaders, lawmakers mull changes to tribal sovereignty

Jul. 23, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Tribal leaders and lawmakers in Maine have begun to work together on potential reforms to a 1980 agreement in hopes of spurring economic development and addressing health, educational and social inequities on reservations across the state. Members of the group want to start tackling...

Senate approves bill ensuring Sept. 11 victims' fund never runs out of money, sends measure to Trump

Jul. 23, 2019 3:47 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approves bill ensuring Sept. 11 victims' fund never runs out of money, sends measure to Trump.

Bevin in Colorado while Kentucky lawmakers meet in session

Jul. 23, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — While Kentucky lawmakers worked Tuesday on a pension-relief bill he wants them to pass, Gov. Matt Bevin was in Colorado for a partisan event that he says let him talk trade issues with the vice president. A photo circulating on social media showed Bevin attending a speech by Vice...

Lawmakers OK tax break for struggling coal-fired power plant

Jul. 23, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill to give a tax break to a struggling coal-fired power plant. The Senate and the House of Delegates passed the measure Tuesday without much debate, sending it to the governor's office. The proposal would exempt FirstEnergy...