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Governor signs next 2-year, $69B Ohio budget, with 25 vetoes

Jul. 18, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine approved a 4% cut in personal income taxes as part of Ohio's next state budget but vetoed 25 other items Thursday, including elements affecting Medicaid, education and young adult smokers. The $69 billion, two-year spending plan eliminates the income tax...

House approves $15 minimum wage, Senate prospects are dim

Jul. 18, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, but the bill has almost no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. Passage was assured after centrists won concessions for a slower phase-in, over six years...

The Latest: House OKs minimum wage hike, Senate chances dim

Jul. 18, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The House has approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour. Democrats pushed through the bill Thursday with a party-line vote of 231-199, but...

House passes bill raising federal minimum wage to $15, but prospects are dim in Senate

Jul. 18, 2019 12:07 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House passes bill raising federal minimum wage to $15, but prospects are dim in Senate .

US lawmakers propose ban on export of tribes' sacred items

Jul. 18, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats are making a renewed push in Congress to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items. Sen Martin Heinrich, U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Deb Haaland, and others intend to reintroduce legislation Thursday that also would increase...

State lawmakers vote to allow growing hemp, selling CBD oil

Jul. 18, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD. Federal legislation last year removed hemp from the list of federally controlled...

Ohio Senate OKs financial rescue of nuclear plants in state

Jul. 18, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that would give Ohio's nuclear plants up to $150 million a year by adding a fee onto consumers' electricity bills, but the House vote was delayed. The legislation cleared the Senate in a 19-12 vote Wednesday. The House recessed until Aug. 1...

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Jul. 18, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia. Trump, who has sought to forge closer ties with Riyadh, has pledged to veto the resolutions...

Indiana won't appeal order blocking abortion procedure ban

Jul. 18, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general has reversed himself and decided against appealing a federal judge's decision to block a state law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure. A judge granted a preliminary injunction last month sought by doctors who perform dilation and evacuation...

Dunleavy amends special session call, moves site to Juneau

Jul. 17, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Facing a loss of federal grants for highway construction projects and village water systems, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has amended his call for a second special legislative session and will support lawmakers meeting in Juneau. Dunleavy, a first-term Republican from Wasilla,...