North Carolina school principals could face pay cuts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina principals are worried they could lose pay in the upcoming school year instead of the raises they’re supposed to be receiving in the new state budget....

Judge rules Georgia must end statewide PSC elections

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia's statewide election of its five public service commissioners illegally dilutes Black voting power, ordering the state to not prepare...

Pipeline developer pleads no contest in Pa. pollution cases

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The developer of a major pipeline system that connects the Marcellus Shale gas field in western Pennsylvania to an export terminal near Philadelphia pleaded no contest...

They all knew’: textile company misled regulators about use of toxic PFAS, documents show

Thousands more residents outside the original contamination zone may be drinking tainted waterA French industrial fabric producer that poisoned drinking water supplies with PFAS “forever...

Arizona county replaces elections boss after ballot problems

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials in an Arizona county that was plagued with issues during Tuesday's primaries have replaced their elections director and said he is no longer employed.Pinal County...

Update to electors law desperately needed, senators declare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin made the case on Wednesday for overhauling the 1800s-era Electoral Count Act, pushing for quick passage of a bipartisan...

Abortion vote in Kansas sparks new hope for Dems in midterms

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats displayed a newfound sense of optimism about the election-year political climate Wednesday after voters in traditionally conservative Kansas overwhelmingly backed a...

Justice Department details threats against election workers

The U.S. Justice Department has charged five people for making threats of violence against election workers amid a rising wave of harassment and intimidation tied to the 2020 presidential...

Governor suspends Georgia gas taxes through mid-September

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor is extending the suspension of the state's motor fuel tax through Sept. 12.Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed an executive order extending the suspension for a...

Five takeaways from primaries in Arizona, Missouri and beyond

Tuesday’s primaries, in many ways, upended expectations. In Kansas, voters rejected a proposed amendment that would have opened the door for state lawmakers to restrict – or even ban – abortions. M…

Abortion was on the ballot in Kansas. Access won

Kansas primary voters wait in line on Tuesday at a polling place in Wichita. | Photo by Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Kansans have voted against a constitutional amendment ...

A Bipartisan Solution To America's Election Crisis

A Bipartisan Solution To America's Election Crisis Opinion authored by Jacqueline Timmer via RealClear Politics (emphasis ours), One thing that Americans across the political spectrum...

Maine sports betting laws go into affect soon, wagering may still be months away

Native American tribes in Maine are going to have to wait months — possibly more than a year — before sports betting begins in the state. The law adopted by state lawmakers goes into effect on...

Sports betting law in effect soon but wagering months away

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Native American tribes in Maine are going to have to wait months — possibly more than a year — before sports betting begins in the state.The law adopted by state lawmakers...

The high-profile primaries to watch on Tuesday

After a relatively quiet July, midterms primaries are back starting Tuesday, when voters in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington will cast their votes in a series of high-profile...

Rick Santorum wants the states to throw a 'live piece of ammo' at Washington with a constitutional convention

Audio recordings reveal how the former US senator and GOP presidential contender is pitching a constitutional convention to Republican state lawmakers.

California aims to make its own insulin brand to lower price

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A vial of insulin cost $25 in 1995, back when Chris Noble was 5 years old and just learning how to manage his Type 1 diabetes with the help of his parents and his...

What's in the Democrats' surprise climate bill

The climate and energy provisions in the Senate's revenue and spending deal cover everything from incentives to buy electric vehicles to spurring the development of next-generation climate...

Massachusetts Gov. Baker signs belated $52.7B state budget

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new state budget Thursday, nearly a month into the 2023 fiscal year, which began July 1.The Republican said the $52.7 billion spending plan...

Dems fear red states banning abortion will zero in on birth control next

Democrats' anxiety over access to birth control is peaking as more red states attempt to adopt restrictions on emergency contraception and IUDs and could move to potentially ban them.The big...

Possible Demotech downgrades spark effort to bolster Florida insurance

Florida insurance regulators are taking an "unprecedented" and "extraordinary" step to try and prevent tens of thousands of homeowners from being forced to look for new property insurance...

Pennsylvania universities reject GOP call to freeze tuition

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four Pennsylvania universities said Wednesday they will follow through with tuition increases despite calls from House Republicans to roll back the price hikes.The...

Possible Demotech downgrades spark effort to bolster Florida insurance

Florida insurance regulators are taking an "unprecedented" and "extraordinary" step to try and prevent tens of thousands of homeowners from being forced to look for new property insurance...

Another home insurer will stop insuring Florida homes amid market 'collapse'

Bankers Insurance Group is pulling out of Florida’s home insurance market. “The Florida private insurance market is collapsing,” said Mark Friedlander. Bankers is now the 13th home insurer in...

Bankers Insurance Group leaving Florida

Bankers Insurance Group is pulling out of Florida’s home insurance market. “The Florida private insurance market is collapsing,” said Mark Friedlander. Bankers is now the 13th home insurer in...

Another home insurer will stop insuring Florida homes amid market 'collapse'

Bankers Insurance Group is pulling out of Florida’s home insurance market. “The Florida private insurance market is collapsing,” said Mark Friedlander. Bankers is now the 13th home insurer in...

Judge: Uber doesn't have to offer wheelchair accessibility

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California federal judge has rejected a legal push to require Uber to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles, finding that such a mandate would be too onerous on the...

Washington's most populous county OKs free transit for youth

SEATTLE (AP) — People age 18 and under will ride buses, water taxis and streetcars for free in Washington state’s most populous county starting Sept. 1. The King County Council on Thursday...

New Mass. law bans hairstyle discrimination at school, work

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation to ban discrimination based on natural and protective hairstyles — such as Afros, cornrows or tightly coiled twists — in workplaces, school districts and school-related...

Another home insurance company leaving Florida

BANKERS INSURANCE GROUP is pulling out of the home insurance market. The company says state lawMAKERS didn't do enough to combat fraud and litigation. Homeowners will be notified of the...

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