MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — President Obama came here nine years ago to declare it was “time to turn the page” on cynical, special- interest politics. He returned Wednesday lamenting that the story hasn’t changed.
SALT LAKE CITY — A Republican state lawmaker wants Utah to join 19 states and the District of Columbia in abolishing the death penalty, but supporters of the idea acknowledge it's a longshot in the conservative state.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would strip state liquor licenses from bars offering fully nude entertainment under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would require Missouri high school students to pass a civics exam similar to the U.S. naturalization test in order to graduate.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 26-pound domesticated, declawed bobcat is at the center of a legal fight over whether its owner should be subject to Ohio's tougher wild animal laws.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have advanced bills that would raise the speed limit on rural roads despite warnings that the change could lead to more fatal crashes.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state House has approved a bill that would bar the government from taking actions such as revoking the tax exempt status of an organization because of religious beliefs about marriage, sex outside of marriage or transgender rights.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan passed its first legislative test Monday, but it now faces a competing push from the House Republican leader to increase salaries without raising taxes.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill legalizing concealed switchblades and knives.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg was delivering his closing argument in the prosecution of a man accused of spitting on prison guards when he heard a crumpling noise behind him. Moments later, a wad of paper hit his shoulder — filled with the inmate's saliva.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri state Rep. Genise Montecillo said nothing publicly for more than six months about the June day she tried to kill herself.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danika Donatti first met her biological father when he was in hospice dying from complications of a disease she might also carry.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A legislative dispute over how Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected is a political struggle over whether Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his supporters can make their conservative fiscal and social policies stick well into the future.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has dropped a restraining order he had obtained against a colleague with whom he says he got into a fistfight.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that sought to punish Stanford University for its band's Rose Bowl halftime show mocking Iowa has been all but buried in the Iowa Senate.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa House are seeking to force police and sheriffs' offices to tell U.S. immigration officials when they have someone in custody who is living in the country illegally.
BOISE, Idaho — A northern Idaho lawmaker is once again seeking to create a specialized license plate depicting a controversial Idaho high school mascot.