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Dominion suspends Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction

Dec. 7, 2018 8:00 PM EST

Dominion has filed notice with a federal agency that it is suspending construction along the entire 600-mile route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The utility filed its decision with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a letter dated Friday. The nonprofit environmental advocacy group Appalachian Voices...

Disputed House race puts spotlight on 'ballot harvesting'

Dec. 7, 2018 12:03 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It's a practice long used...

Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah

Dec. 6, 2018 5:07 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued Thursday to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional domination and interference in a process that led to the gutting of a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit alleges the...

Kentucky alters plan for new high school graduation rules

Dec. 3, 2018 8:36 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's education commissioner has scaled back proposed new high school graduation requirements after some districts worried they wouldn't have the resources needed for their students to graduate. Wayne Lewis announced the changes Monday, two days before the state Board of...

AG: Retirees could serve at Capitol without pension hit

Dec. 3, 2018 7:07 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office says retired state employees may serve in the Legislature while continuing to receive their government pension, if certain conditions are met. Hood's office issued a nonbinding legal opinion Thursday saying state retirees may still...

Donations to liberal group swelled during Trump's first year

Nov. 28, 2018 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anonymous donors gave more than $79 million to a liberal nonprofit during President Donald Trump's first year in office, helping fuel opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination and build support for a slew of other progressive causes. The contributions in 2017 to the...

GOP weighs decision on criminal justice bill amid Trump push

Nov. 27, 2018 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators debated the path forward for an overhaul of the nation's criminal sentencing laws Tuesday after a visit from Vice President Mike Pence, suggesting parts of the bill may need to be rewritten before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a vote. Pence and...

Pro-Kavanaugh group received millions from anonymous donors

Nov. 27, 2018 6:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An obscure nonprofit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, according to newly released federal tax records. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions to the...

Proposed changes on Medicare drugs create winners and losers

Nov. 26, 2018 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday proposed changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect patients' costs over the next few years, creatiing winners and losers. Medicare's administrator, Seema Verma, said the goal is to lower costs for beneficiaries and modernize the...

Leader of major Louisiana oil lobbying group stepping down

Nov. 24, 2018 10:00 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of one of Louisiana's most influential lobbying groups, representing the oil and gas industry, is leaving his job at the end of the year. Chris John has represented the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association at the state Capitol for 11 years. In a statement, he...