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Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

Feb. 23, 2019 8:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Saturday painted a dark portrait of a manipulative and sometimes violent R. Kelly, describing how he repeatedly sought out underage girls for sex, including one he encountered at her 16th birthday party and another who met the R&B star while he was on trial for child...

Connecticut lawmakers considering mandatory helmet law

Feb. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to require motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, as in previous legislative sessions. But this year, the concept is among a host of recommendations from a public safety transition group that's been advising newly elected Democratic Gov. Ned...

Grijalva to push for permanent ban on new mining claims

Feb. 23, 2019 5:56 PM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Rep. Raul Grijalva is pushing to make a temporary ban on the filing of new mining claims in the Grand Canyon region permanent. The Arizona Democrat who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee said Saturday at the Grand Canyon that he'll introduce the...

W.Va. Senate refuses to immediately take up teacher raises

Feb. 23, 2019 5:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police. The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed Friday. Instead, the Senate...

Rhode Island lawmakers renew effort to end the tampon tax

Feb. 23, 2019 5:08 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers in Rhode Island are renewing their efforts to exempt feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax. A bill that would eliminate the tax on tampons and pads has been introduced in the House by Democratic Rep. Edith Ajello and in the Senate by Democratic Sen. Louis...

Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

Feb. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on social media. The 15-minute video of the impromptu Friday meeting captures the students and Feinstein debating...

Lawmakers consider changes to youthful offender law

Feb. 23, 2019 12:45 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are reconsidering parts of the state's youthful offender law. Under the law, criminal proceedings against young people are handled in family court privately to give offenders a chance at rehabilitation without public scrutiny. The Legislature expanded it last year...

Illinois lawmaker stresses importance of marijuana bills

Feb. 23, 2019 12:42 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A lawmaker from central Illinois stressed the importance of efforts to legalize recreational marijuana during a community forum, saying the industry could drive economic growth. Democratic Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana was one of the speakers during a panel discussion Monday about...

Bill could let Missouri inmates serving life get hearing

Feb. 23, 2019 11:55 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri inmates sentenced to life without parole who've served at least 25 years in prison could get a shot at a parole hearing under a criminal justice reform bill being considered by state lawmakers. A bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Neely would create three...

Lawmakers reach halfway mark of legislative session

Feb. 23, 2019 11:24 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state lawmakers are working quickly to push bills through the legislature as this year's session has reached the halfway mark. Friday was legislative day 20 of 40 at the state Capitol. The past week saw movement on bills that would protect people who save dogs from hot cars from...