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Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a broader swath of voters during that year's general election....

Dunleavy pitches dividend change amid legislative splits

Jan. 21, 2021 5:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed checks of nearly $5,000 to residents as part of an effort aimed at reviving the state's pandemic-stunted economy, with the money to come from Alaska's oil wealth fund. But there was a hitch. The Republican, in his budget plan rolled out last month,...

The Idaho House of Representatives debates a constitutional amendment in the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself back into session has passed the House and is headed to the Senate. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Idaho House OKs plan to let lawmakers call special sessions

Jan. 21, 2021 4:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session passed the House on Thursday and is headed to the Senate. With a 51-18 vote, the House mustered the two-thirds threshold required to approve the legislation, which supporters say is...

FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks to journalists following a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria at U.N. headquarter. Pedersen announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021,  that the next round of talks toward revising the war-battered country's constitution will start in Geneva on Jan. 25 and urged the parties to move to actual drafting.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

UN announces talks on new Syria constitution resume Jan 25

Jan. 20, 2021 6:36 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria announced Wednesday that the next round of talks toward revising the war-battered country's constitution will start in Geneva on Jan. 25 and urged the parties to move to actual drafting. Geir Pedersen told the U.N. Security Council he views the meeting...

Nebraska bill would give $2K tax credit for stillborn child

Jan. 20, 2021 1:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Women who deliver a stillborn baby could get a $2,000 tax credit from Nebraska state government under a bill introduced Wednesday in the Legislature. The bill by Sen. Joni Albrecht, of Thurston, would offer a refundable credit if the fetus had advanced to at least the 20th week of...

How education funding could change in New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2021 12:10 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is expected to increase near-term education funding and pursue long-term reforms that will change how schools are funded. Education accounts for about half of the approximately $7 billion in general funds that lawmakers will haggle over during the 60-day...

A cameraman waits by an unused microphone stand outside the West Wing at the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. On President Donald Trump's last full day in office, there was an eerie quiet, with no public events scheduled, his last event being Jan. 12, seven days earlier. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

EXPLAINER: Can Trump be impeached after leaving office?

Jan. 19, 2021 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump might argue the calendar is his friend when it comes to a second impeachment trial. Trump's impeachment last week by the House of Representatives for his role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol set up his trial in the Senate. But there's one potential...

This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the first page of the United States Constitution. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, more than 1 million copies of the Constitution in various editions were sold since Trump took office. The sales are especially notable because the Constitution can be read or downloaded for free, including from the U.S. government. (National Archives via AP)

Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

Jan. 19, 2021 3:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, they like to joke that what's bad for the country is often good for the organization. “Web traffic is through the roof,” says the nonprofit's CEO and president, Jeffrey Rosen. “We had more than 400,000 visitors to...

Teacher on leave after video circulates defending mob march

Jan. 19, 2021 3:04 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia middle school teacher has been placed on leave after he apparently told students in a virtual classroom that he attended the Jan. 6 mob march on the Capitol and described it as a peaceful event. The short video circulating on social media appears to show...

Kansas anti-abortion measure clears first legislative hurdle

Jan. 19, 2021 12:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday as abortion opponents moved quickly to try to get it on the ballot. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate...