State governments

A protester is escorted away as Norbest president & CEO Matt Cook speaks at a ceremony to pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving outside of the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. A few animal-rights activists have disrupted the Utah governor's Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)
November 21, 2017 - 8:15 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor's Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey Tuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children. The two men rushed past Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the 40-pound turkey named...
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November 21, 2017 - 6:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to impose a long-sought tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production is up in the air until December. The Republican-controlled House adjourned until Dec. 4, after spending parts of Monday and Tuesday debating proposed...
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This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Wes Goodman. Citizens for Community Values, a leading anti-gay marriage organization, was among the Christian conservative groups that knew Goodman, a recently resigned Republican Ohio lawmaker, had extramarital sexual contact with other men. The 33-year-old Goodman resigned last week after having a sexual encounter with a man in his state office. (Ohio House of Representatives via AP)
November 21, 2017 - 5:03 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including "committed natural marriage," the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office. The office encounter was...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, newly sworn-in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, with his wife Lola, right, greets an Interior Department employee on the Interior Department's 168th birthday at the Interior Department in Washington. Documents obtained by a left-leaning group show that Zinke's wife played a key role in arranging aspects of her husband's official events and often accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C. during the first few months of the administration. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly, File)
November 20, 2017 - 11:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate requests from Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife as she accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C. Craig Holman, a government...
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November 20, 2017 - 4:34 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — State officials have released a final analysis of options for the future of a controversial oil pipeline that runs beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The report by the Canadian consulting firm Dynamic Risk lists six alternatives. Among them is...
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November 20, 2017 - 3:50 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania government audit says bonuses paid out by organizers of last year's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia didn't violate terms of a $10 million state grant so they don't have to be repaid. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday the 26-page grant...
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November 20, 2017 - 12:30 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The family of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says they're cautiously optimistic that he'll make a full recovery, four days after suffering a heart attack. A Monday statement issued through a family spokesman said Ridge remained in an intensive care unit in...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003 file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore holds his Bible as he acknowledges the applause during his speech at the Barrow County Court House in Winder, Ga. Moore drew rounds of applause as he spoke in support of the framed Ten Commandments in the courthouse breezeway. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
November 19, 2017 - 7:56 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn't fit the evangelical mold. The Republican Senate candidate has long...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a legislative summit featuring Nebraska's elected Congressional and House officials, in Ashland, Neb. Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group Saturday night, Nov. 18, 2017, told reporters after his speech that he likes the tax bill moving in the Senate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
November 19, 2017 - 12:16 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group Saturday night, told reporters after his speech that he...
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U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks to aerospace workers about the current congressional tax reform proposal in Mesa, Ariz., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. The Republican told aerospace company workers that corporate tax cuts are needed to restore America's global competitiveness. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)
November 18, 2017 - 10:24 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on an open microphone saying the GOP is "toast" if it follows President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. The Arizona senator was talking to the mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa offstage Friday after speaking at a town...
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