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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State during opening session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Feb. 21, 2020 5:58 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. States including New...

Fed official: NY law limiting DMV data access goes too far

Feb. 20, 2020 9:46 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nation's top immigration enforcement official said Thursday that New York’s new law allowing people who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses goes far beyond other states' measures in restricting his agency's access to motor vehicle records. In response to that...

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib bangs the gavel as he presides as President of the Senate, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day, as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Homeless measures, carbon cap alive, most gun measures fail

Feb. 20, 2020 9:32 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are more than halfway through their 60-day legislative session, clearing a key deadline for policy bills and receiving good news on the revenue front ahead of the release of the House and Senate's supplemental budget proposals. A revenue forecast Wednesday showed...

Wisconsin legislator announces retirement after three terms

Feb. 20, 2020 9:22 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Rep. Debra Kolste announced Thursday she will not seek re-election this fall. Kolste, a Democrat from Janesville, made the announcement on the Assembly floor on its last day of its two-year session. She gave a short speech saying she wants to spend more time helping her family....

Tennessee lawmakers won't 'revisit' voucher contract

Feb. 20, 2020 4:44 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislative leaders say they have concerns over how the Department of Education selected its vendor to administer Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program, but they have no plans to halt the contract from moving forward. Senate Speaker Randy McNally said Thursday the Legislature will...

Ex-UConn employee gets prison time for health care fraud

Feb. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former UConn Stamford employee accused in a scheme to defraud Connecticut's state employee medical benefits plan and other government health care programs was sentenced to federal prison. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer sentenced Kwasi Gyambibi, 41, to one year of prison and...

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' sticky health debate; Trump's rally

Feb. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's got the goods on health care policy? That question was an undercurrent in the feisty Democratic presidential debate as rivals stood accused of being lightweights who have done little more than put up Post-it notes or slideshows on the subject. Also in the Las Vegas debate, Mike...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks at a forum for Democratic gubernatorial candidates at Montana State University Billings in Billings Mont. Cooney is facing businesswoman Whitney Williams in the June 2 primary election. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Democrats running for governor are split on Bullock's legacy

Feb. 20, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two of Steve Bullock's would-be successors are making the popular Montana governor a central issue in the race for the Democratic nomination — with starkly different takes on his job performance. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who has the backing of the term-limited Democratic...

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts gavels the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump to an end in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The U.S. Senate has acquitted Trump, ending only the third presidential trial in American history. (Senate Television via AP)

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

Feb. 20, 2020 11:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues. The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump's tax and other financial records, abortion,...

Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid listens during an interview Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Harry Reid: Brokered convention 'not the end of the world'

Feb. 19, 2020 11:43 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said it was possible the crowded Democratic primary race was headed toward a contentious convention fight and downplayed the political dangers of a scenario many party leaders are dreading. “I don’t think we’ll...