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Bill addressing vetoes, dividend emerges in special session

Jul. 22, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House's budget-writing committee advanced legislation Monday that would restore significant funding vetoed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and pay residents a dividend of up to around $1,600 this year. House Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Neal Foster cast the measure as an attempt...

The Latest: Bill would address vetoes, Alaska dividend

Jul. 22, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Alaska House's budget-writing committee has advanced legislation that would restore significant funding vetoed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and pay residents a dividend of up to around $1,600 this year. House Finance...

North Carolina targets robocalls and scammers with penalties

Jul. 22, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A call from grandma and a call from a scammer can look nearly identical when telephone solicitors mask their real number. So North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation Monday to require callers to use their real name and number or the information of the business they're representing....

Kentucky governor's pension plan passes state House

Jul. 22, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief proposal cleared the Republican-run state House by a slim margin Monday, surviving a crucial showdown as lawmakers continued a special legislative session convened by the GOP governor. The 52-46 vote capped a three-hour debate, sending the...

Lawmakers plan to craft compromise on restaurant work rules

Jul. 22, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers decided Monday to come up with compromise legislation this summer that addresses concerns raised by restaurant owners over wage and hour rules, forgoing a plan to override Gov. Ned Lamont's veto of a bill that would have required the state Department of Labor to...

4 hepatitis A cases found in Denver; vaccinations stepped up

Jul. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver public health officials say four homeless people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A this year, so the city is stepping up free vaccinations. KDVR-TV reported Monday that three of the cases were diagnosed within the past three weeks. Denver Public Health executive director Dr. Bill...

Tennessee House speaker denies voucher vote-buying claims

Jul. 22, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outgoing Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is denying allegations of vote-buying attempts on an education voucher bill. Casada posted Sunday on Facebook that any allegation against his office about a quid pro quo on that bill or others is unequivocally false. Several allegations...

Looking to declaw your cat? Don't look in New York anymore

Jul. 22, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the New...

Lawmakers to vote on $1B rescue for state's 2 nuclear plants

Jul. 22, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers are planning a final vote on legislation that would give Ohio's nuclear plants roughly $1 billion through 2026 by adding a new fee onto electricity bills. Backers say the financial lifeline for the plants is needed to prevent them closing within the next two years. The Ohio...

Bill would increase fines for robocalls

Jul. 22, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A newly introduced bill targeting robocallers that has U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' support would double the penalties on scammers who trick victims into answering phone calls. Supporters say Americans receive billions of pre-recorded telemarketing calls a year. Robocallers often rely on...