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Kansas' new governor vetoes mandate on abortion 'reversal'

Apr. 22, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a measure that would require clinics and doctors to tell their patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after a woman has taken the first of two pills. The action by Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion-rights supporter,...

Republicans aim to limit Democratic Attorney General's power

Apr. 22, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Iowa want to limit the powers of the state's attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump. Tom Miller, the longest-serving sitting state attorney general in the U.S., joined six lawsuits...

Deal would allow Indiana sports betting by mobile devices

Apr. 22, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sports betting will be allowed by using mobile devices in Indiana under an expected agreement in the state Legislature on a wide-ranging gambling bill that would also allow construction of new casinos in Terre Haute and Gary. The Indiana House previously voted to allow sports betting...

PokerStars fined $10K for taking bets on NJ college teams

Apr. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey gambling regulators have fined PokerStars $10,000 for taking bets on New Jersey college basketball teams in violation of the state's sports betting law. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement issued the fine on April 12, and posted it on its website last week....

Legislation to comply with ethics reform far from agreement

Apr. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at ethics reform appears no closer to a resolution in the waning days of the Legislature than when the session began in January. Monday was the Legislature's 72nd day in a session capped at 80. Legislators are...

Oklahoma lawmakers mull details of Medicaid expansion bill

Apr. 22, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The sponsor of a measure proposing the use of Medicaid expansion funds to boost Oklahoma's private insurance subsidy program says he's unsure if it will pass this session. The Oklahoman reports that Sen. Greg McCortney says lawmakers don't want to vote on the legislation until the...

Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law

Apr. 22, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a measure the Legislature approved just weeks after a federal judge struck down a similar law. The latest bill was...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Apr. 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired...

Republicans trump Evers' charging station plan

Apr. 22, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans worked Monday to trump Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to spend $10 million on electric vehicle charging stations in the state budget, announcing their own bill to set up the stations. Republicans and Evers have been stealing each other's ideas for months in a...

San Francisco at 'boiling point' over tech, houses, homeless

Apr. 22, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's renowned waterfront hosts joggers, admiring tourists and towering condos with impressive views. It could also become the site of a new homeless shelter for up to 200 people. Angry residents have packed public meetings, jeering at city officials and even shouting down...