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Kansas Capitol meditation room moved to create staff space

Sep. 28, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has moved a Kansas Statehouse meditation room created by Republicans as a place for prayer and reflection to a less-visible space to create more room for her staff to social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. The new meditation room is on the northwest...

A woman wearing a mask to protect against COVID-19 infection casts her vote in local elctions in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Polls have opened in Romania’s municipal election, which is being seen as a test of how the next general election on Dec. 6 will unfold for the country’s minority-led government. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Romania's ruling party upbeat after municipal elections

Sep. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Exit polls published in Romania Sunday after voting ended in the country’s municipal elections indicated that the balance of power in European Union member state is unlikely to shift in the next general election set for Dec. 6. About 19 million registered voters chose...

State lawmakers trying to get back to work

Sep. 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's state legislature could start getting back to work soon, the House Speaker says. The House Finance Committee is aiming to meet Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus shut down the legislative session in mid-March, Speaker Nicholas Mattiello told The...

Rep. Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas, left, speaks with Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, on the House floor as the Louisiana Legislature reached the final hours of its legislative session, on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Another special session: Louisiana lawmakers return Monday

Sep. 26, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers say the focus for their special session starting Monday centers on the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Laura recovery, but the session agenda is so broadly written that dozens, if not hundreds of bills, on a long list of topics could be filed. Seventy items...

Counties sue South Carolina over federal plutonium deal

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BARNWELL, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit against the state of South Carolina said a $600 million federal settlement over nuclear waste should go to the seven counties near the Savannah River Site instead of the whole state budget. The lawsuit said those counties were the most hurt when the federal government failed...

FILE - This Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows House Appropriations committee Chairman, Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, delivering remarks as the House considers the budget bill during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers unveiled new state spending proposals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 including one that would give law enforcement officers a $500 bonus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2006, file photo, inmates are housed in three tier bunks, in what was once a multi-purpose recreation room, at the Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy, Calif. California next year will close the prison holding about 1,500 male inmates, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in its latest step to reduce the state's incarceration footprint partly in response to the coronavirus and massive related budget cuts. Shuttering the Deuel Vocational Institution will save about $182 million annually, state corrections officials said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to close prison amid declining inmate numbers

Sep. 25, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California next year will close a prison holding about 1,500 male inmates, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration said Friday in its latest step to reduce the state’s incarceration footprint partly in response to the coronavirus and massive related budget cuts. ...

Alaska regulators seek more money for oil spill fund

Sep. 25, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska environmental regulators are seeking additional money for the state's oil spill response fund amid a review of requirements for petroleum producers and shippers. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune has advocated for the state administration and...

FILE - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ruled, Thursday, Sept. 24,  that Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky Supreme Court: Legal fees OK in Purdue Pharma case

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Andy Beshear properly paid a law firm $4.2 million in legal fees for helping the state settle a lawsuit against opioid-maker Purdue Pharma when he was attorney general. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Beshear, a Democrat,...

Maricopa County prosecutor wants all police to wear cameras

Sep. 24, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The top prosecutor in Maricopa County wants lawmakers to require body-worn cameras for all Arizona police officers in the field. County Attorney Allister Adel urged six lawmakers in letters on Wednesday to take action in the next legislative session after the prosecutor declined two days...