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Today in History: FEB 8, Mary, Queen of Scots beheaded

Feb. 08, 2023 00:10 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2023. There are 332 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a...

Democrats win control of Pennsylvania House, end GOP rule

Feb. 07, 2023 22:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats won control of the Pennsylvania House in special elections Tuesday, wresting partial power from Republicans for the first time in a dozen years in the competitive swing state. Democrats won all three vacant Pittsburgh-area House seats to claim a...

Virginia Senate Democrats reject 3 Youngkin appointees

Feb. 07, 2023 22:06 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate Democrats voted Tuesday to reject several appointees of GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, including the state health commissioner. The chamber approved resolutions containing dozens of Youngkin appointees after the names of those to whom they objected...

Virginia lawmakers hustle ahead of legislative deadline

Feb. 07, 2023 21:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The politically divided Virginia General Assembly churned through hundreds of bills Tuesday as it approached a key deadline for the year's legislative session. Lawmakers debated topics ranging from accommodations for transgender students to abortion...

North Carolina Senate OKs limits on LGBTQ school instruction

Feb. 07, 2023 18:36 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Public school teachers in North Carolina would be required in most circumstances to alert parents before they call a student by a different name or pronoun, under a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate on Tuesday. Senators rejected a wave of...

N. Carolina education board proposal revived in House bill

Feb. 07, 2023 18:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina House committee on Tuesday backed a bill that would shift influence over public education away from the governor and toward the superintendent of public instruction and voters. The legislation aims to put a constitutional amendment on statewide...

Dueling abortion bans emerge in South Carolina chambers

Feb. 07, 2023 18:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dueling abortion bans are once more advancing in the South Carolina House and Senate as Republican lawmakers approach a familiar standstill. Neither chamber budged from their respective proposals in a special session last year that highlighted the challenging...

Virginia Senate passes competing energy legislation

Feb. 07, 2023 17:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would adjust the way state regulators set and oversee Dominion Energy's electric rates and profitability. The bill that cleared the Senate in a 27-13 bipartisan vote differs substantially...

Ishee confirmed as N. Carolina adult correction secretary

Feb. 07, 2023 16:47 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to lead the state's new standalone Cabinet-level agency overseeing adult prisons, probation and other community supervision. Senators voted unanimously for Todd Ishee to remain secretary of...

Today in History: FEB 6, Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years

Feb. 07, 2023 15:01 PM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2023. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as...