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Prosecute shoplifters under existing laws, governor says

Dec. 01, 2021 21:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in no uncertain terms that he thinks shoplifters should be prosecuted under existing California laws, as he called out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to do so. He was responding to a recent run...

New Mexico governor seeks pay increase for public schools

Dec. 01, 2021 18:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday she will pursue a 7% pay increase for educators and staff at K-12 public schools as well as higher minimum salaries for teachers at various career stages. The proposal would boost salaries for more...

Beshear proposes $10 million for Louisville park expansion

Dec. 01, 2021 04:01 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In another preview of his upcoming state budget plan, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said he will propose devoting $10 million to support an expansion of Waterfront Park into western Louisville. The 22-acre park expansion will connect downtown and...

Whitmer seeks $300 million for COVID-19 testing at schools

Nov. 30, 2021 21:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration said Tuesday it wants lawmakers to quickly allocate $300 million in federal pandemic rescue funding to support COVID-19 testing at schools amid a fourth surge of infections in Michigan. The money was included...

Honolulu's first and only woman mayor dies at age 93

Nov. 30, 2021 14:48 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The first and only woman to serve as mayor of Honolulu died earlier this month at age 93. Eileen Anderson, who was mayor from 1981 to 1985, died Nov. 3, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday. She defeated incumbent mayor...

GOP lawmakers offer critical assessment of Kentucky State

Nov. 30, 2021 11:16 AM EST

Key Republican lawmakers offered a critical assessment of Kentucky State University but acknowledged its historic role in higher education as they grapple with requests from the turmoil-ridden campus for help in shoring up the school's precarious finances. Senate...

NC General Assembly wraps up most of its 2021 work

Nov. 29, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up late Monday nearly all of its work for the calendar year, although vetoes, redistricting rulings or other items could bring lawmakers back to Raleigh for more activity within weeks. The...

NC state controller wants education spending order halted

Nov. 29, 2021 16:59 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chief bookkeeper for North Carolina state government's finances has asked an appeals court to block a trial judge's recent decision that ordered her and other officials to allocate $1.75 billion to address education inequities. An attorney for...

DeSantis proposes raises, bonuses for first responders

Nov. 29, 2021 15:46 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will include raises and bonuses for law enforcement when he announces his overall state budget proposal next week, he said at a news conference Monday. DeSantis is proposing repeating the $1,000 bonuses law...

Abortion debate will continue after new ban takes effect

Nov. 28, 2021 09:59 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s new ban on late-term abortions will barely have taken effect before Republican lawmakers start trying to enact further restrictions. The state budget Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law in June contains a provision prohibiting...