State legislature

FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina sits high and dry due to Lake Mead receding in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan wrapped up by a March 4 deadline set by the federal government, state water officials said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. It's the latest hurdle threatening the seven-state plan to take less water from the drought-starved Colorado River, which provides water for 40 million people and 5.5 million acres of farmland. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
February 19, 2019 - 5:31 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday. It's the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven...
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Striking West Virginia teachers and supporters rally outside the House of Delegates chambers Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Teachers are opposed to a complex education bill making its way through the Legislature. (AP Photo/John Raby)
February 19, 2019 - 1:20 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — This time the teachers' strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted. Just as the strike began Tuesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killed a complex education bill that sent state teachers to the picket lines nearly a year after a nine-day strike...
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American Federation of Teachers West Virginia Treasurer Fred Albert, fist raised, and other union leaders of the WVEA, AFT-WV and WVSSPA call for a statewide strike beginning tomorrow during a news conference outside of the Senate chamber at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 18, 2019 - 9:47 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers' unions on Monday called a statewide strike over an education bill that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for a walkout last year. The strike is scheduled to start Tuesday, leaders of three unions for teachers and school service...
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A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Ill., near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. Authorities say an initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felony conviction that would have prevented a man from buying the gun he used in the mass shooting in Aurora. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
February 17, 2019 - 11:25 pm
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six other people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun. Months later, a second background check of Gary Martin found...
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FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo shows a marijuana plant at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. When California voters broadly legalized marijuana in 2016, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse and "prevent harm" from marijuana use. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs and looming questions about how they might operate in the future. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
February 14, 2019 - 9:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse. But more than a year after the start of sales, there's no money for those programs...
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People stand in the lobby for Amazon offices Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in New York. Amazon will not build a new headquarters in New York City, a stunning reversal to an ambitious plan that would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
February 14, 2019 - 8:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of the world's richest,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Two statewide officials want California to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Treasurer Fiona Ma said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that California should follow the lead of Oregon and the federal government, after outspending its emergency fund in seven of the last 10 years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
February 14, 2019 - 6:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more destructive blazes, two state officials said Thursday. The most populous state should follow the lead of...
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Rachel Sweet, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, watches at the Kansas Senate debates a resolution condemning New York's new abortion law, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. She says, "I think this about political grandstanding." (AP Photo/John Hanna)
February 14, 2019 - 5:06 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. So in the meantime, they're putting their energy into condemning New York's new law protecting abortion rights. The Kansas...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo, courthouse staff in York, Neb., prepare to count the ballots cast in the recall election of Mayor Orval Stahr. Stahr was ousted Tuesday in a recall campaign that accused him of violating the trust of city department heads and neglecting the city's interests. Nebraska ranks sixth nationally in the number of recall elections held over the last decade, adjusting for the state's small population. Under a bill proposed by Neb. State Sen. Curt Friesen voters will lose the power to boot Nebraska mayors, county commissioners or school board members out of office before their terms end. Friesen says frequent recall elections in Nebraska could discourage good candidates from seeking public office. (Melanie Wilkinson/The York News-Times via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 3:55 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. Voters have attempted to oust...
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In this Jan. 30, 2019, photo, Sgt. Michael Hazellief, training supervisor, walks on the grounds where the "guardians" are participating in a training session to respond to active shooters in Okeechobee, Fla. Okeechobee is one of the Florida districts that have started training and arming non-instructional personnel in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Authorities keep the identities of these guardians secret, citing security reasons. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
February 14, 2019 - 10:33 am
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Some students have difficulty trusting classmates outside their circle. Parents say interactions with school staff are more impersonal. Teachers worry that added security detracts from learning. The Parkland massacre a year ago upended school life across Florida. In the year...
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