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Report: NC still short offering all "sound basic education"

Dec. 10, 2019 9:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has made little progress providing every child “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education"since the state Supreme Court declared the constitutional mandate in 1997, according to a report released Tuesday addressing public education shortfalls and student...

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public...

SC governor wants to give all teachers a $3,000 raise

Dec. 10, 2019 6:01 PM EST

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday that he wants to give a $3,000 raise for all the state's nearly 53,000 teachers in next year's budget as part of a promise by Republican lawmakers to get paychecks above the national average by 2024. The latest raise proposal would cost...

Michigan Legislature OKs restoring over half of vetoed funds

Dec. 10, 2019 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to restore more than half of the state funding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed, largely resolving a protracted budget process that broke down over fixing aging roads and morphed into a fight about...

Northam proposes boost to early education funding

Dec. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing nearly $100 million in new funding to help at-risk preschoolers. Northam announced Tuesday that his budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session includes a proposed $94.8 million in new funding for early education efforts. Northam said...

Key dates in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump

Dec. 10, 2019 4:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — APRIL 21, 2019 President Donald Trump speaks with then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on his election victory. The White House says in a readout of the call that the president underscored unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial...

Indiana governor backs ban on drivers using handheld phones

Dec. 10, 2019 3:48 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's governor on Tuesday threw his support behind a statewide ban on drivers using handheld cellphones as well as a plan to raise the minimum age for smoking and vaping to 21. Announcing his agenda for the 2020 legislative session, Gov. Eric Holcomb also endorsed rolling back a new...

Missouri, Planned Parenthood argue in court over funding

Dec. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Government funding for Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics is at stake in a lawsuit argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. State attorneys asked Supreme Court judges to back the Republican-led Legislature's decision to block funding from Planned Parenthood. The...

Ohio city launches police academy for 1st time in 12 years

Dec. 10, 2019 10:37 AM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city has begun its first police academy in a dozen years since budget cuts canceled the program. The Akron Police Department has 40 men and five women in the academy out of more than 1,000 applicants. Training will last 24 weeks. One in five recruits is black, making it one of...

Struggling Delaware college requests more money from state

Dec. 10, 2019 7:14 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A struggling, small private college in Delaware is seeking money from the state for the third time this year. Wesley College submitted a request Friday for $3.2 million, news outlets reported. Lawmakers and officials approved $2 million from a state fund earlier this year. The school...