Latest Legislature News

Senate proposal tackles issue of custody of troubled kids

Jun. 17, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal would help Ohio parents keep custody of troubled children who require desperately needed and expensive services. A measure in the Senate version of Ohio's two-year budget is aimed at so-called "multisystem youths" who need help from service agencies that cover...

GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides

Jun. 17, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides. Their reluctance to confront Trump comes as veterans of the...

Progressive climate policy poised to pass in Oregon

Jun. 17, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. Supporters call it the United States' most progressive climate policy, saying it not only...

The Latest: Dissident joins protest after prison release

Jun. 17, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Joshua Wong, a leader in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, headed to join protesters gathered near Hong Kong's government headquarters after his release from prison. After...

Rocky Mount area set to welcome DMV staff

Jun. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and the Carolinas Gateway Partnership are going to roll out the red carpet for state Division of Motor Vehicles employees in response to the planned relocation of the agency's headquarters to the city. "We felt like once we got it secure,...

Hong Kong police clear streets as protesters move to park

Jun. 16, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong left the streets, averting possible clashes Monday after haggling for hours with police by moving to areas near the city's government headquarters. The demonstrators who stayed after a massive protest march the day before, demanding that Chief Executive Carrie Lam...

Senators push for hearing on Chaco protection legislation

Jun. 16, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a Senate hearing on legislation that would withdraw federal holdings from oil and gas development around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The legislation was reintroduced earlier this year as environmentalists...

Hong Kong leader fights for political life after bill fiasco

Jun. 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority. Yet the ground has shifted considerably since she...

Dozens of new Indian parliamentarians face criminal charges

Jun. 16, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's recent national election delivered a historic victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party, but also exposed the influence of money, power and questionable morality on the world's largest democracy. Nearly 43% of the new members of the lower house of Parliament...

New Mexico mural focuses on missing Native American women

Jun. 16, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new mural in southern New Mexico seeks to honor missing and slain Native Americans amid a nationwide push to bring more attention to the issue. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports artist Sebastian "Vela" Velazquez recently erected the mural in Las Cruces in conjunction with the city's...