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Panel OKs bill to extend teacher licenses to more immigrants

Wed, 2015-02-18 15:37

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license has passed its first legislative hurdle.

The Assembly Education Committee passed AB27 on Wednesday. It heads to the Assembly floor for a vote.

The bill could ...

Oklahoma House panel approves public vote on 3 issues

Wed, 2015-02-18 15:32

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma voters would get to decide if the governor and lieutenant governor should run on a ticket together, whether residents need more gun rights, and if the entire state constitution should be rewritten under a trio of measures that were approved by a House panel on ...

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 19

Wed, 2015-02-18 14:53

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR ORDERS LESS TESTING IN STATE'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is suspending a test given to the state's 11th graders. Scott said Wednesday he will issue an executive order that will ...

Pipeline foes to continue suits regardless of federal action

Wed, 2015-02-18 14:51

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed Wednesday to overturn a state law that let former Gov. Dave Heineman approve the route, regardless of what happens at the federal level.

Jane Kleeb of the group Bold Nebraska said landowners will continue their lawsuits challenging the ...

Fuel tax backers lobby lawmakers as report shows road needs

Wed, 2015-02-18 14:49

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Members of an influential farming group lobbied Iowa lawmakers on Wednesday to approve a fuel tax increase to pay for road improvements.

Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill said 200 members of his organization were in the state Capitol talking to legislators. Hill appeared at ...

Woman accused of supplying terrorists to remain jailed

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:49

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Bosnian immigrant accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria will remain in federal custody, after her lawyer told a judge Wednesday that he wants clarity on her immigration status before seeking bond.

Sedina Hodzic, 35, of St. Louis ...

140K Utah residents pick health plans on federal website

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:42

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal officials say more than 140,000 Utah residents enrolled in health insurance plans through the government-run online marketplace before Sunday's deadline.

U.S. Health and Human Services Department figures released Wednesday include those who signed up for 2015 coverage between Nov. 15 and Feb. 15.

Federal ...

At summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:39

WASHINGTON — President Obama says the U.S. is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion.

Some have criticized the White House for avoiding linking terrorism directly to Islamic extremism. But Obama says those fighting for the Islamic State group and al Qaeda are not ...

Court upholds Florida law banning open carry of guns

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:35

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a Florida law banning people from openly carrying firearms purely for self-defense purposes.

A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal issued the ruling Wednesday in the case of Dale Norman. Norman challenged the law on constitutional ...

Obama to designate 3 national monuments

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:31

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is designating three new national monuments for protection as historic or ecologically significant sites, including the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago where African-American railroad workers won a historic labor agreement.

The White House said Obama will be in his hometown Thursday to announce the Pullman ...

California issues 59,000 driver's licenses to immigrants

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:28

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California issued 59,000 driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally during the first month their applications were accepted, state officials said Wednesday.

Overall, a total of about 236,000 immigrants in the country illegally began the application process during January, the state Department of ...

Bill de Blasio, Al Sharpton depicted as 'Fifty Shades' characters in GOP ad

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:21

State Republicans mocked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's cozy relationship with Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday by issuing a parody poster of the pair as "Fifty Shades of Grey" characters.

In the poster titled "Fifty Shades of Bill," the mayor's face is superimposed over an image ...

NY ethics board warns ex-Speaker Silver over filing

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:09

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A legislative ethics commission has sent a notice of delinquency to former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver demanding information about his outside income.

The Manhattan Democrat stepped down as speaker this month after being charged with taking nearly $4 million in kickbacks and payoffs. He ...

Lobbying reports show who spent most in Legislature

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:59

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Newly released reports show who spent the most money lobbying in the Wisconsin Legislature last session.

The Government Accountability Board reported Wednesday that Wisconsin Taxpayers Inc. spent the most at $1.5 million on lobbying over the two-year session. That is somewhat misleading, however, because most of ...

Rep. Steve King bristles at 'lawless land of Mexico' criticizing judge's immigration ruling

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:49

Rep. Steve King said Wednesday that a federal judge's ruling has undercut Democrats' filibuster of the homeland security funding bill, and urged his colleagues to stand strong on defunding not only the new deportation amnesty but also the 2012 program that granted tentative legal status to so-called Dreamers.

Mr. King, ...

Mike Huckabee takes lead in new poll on 2016 GOP contenders

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:40

A new national poll gives a narrow edge to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, with support for Mr. Huckabee jumping 10 points from a similar survey in December.

Mr. Huckabee is at 16 percent in the CNN/ORC poll, followed ...

Obama at extremist summit: 'We are not at war with Islam'

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:35

The White House found itself on the defensive Wednesday over the administration's downplaying of Jewish and Christian victims of Islamist terrorism, as President Obama hosted a summit seeking to gloss over Muslim connections to violent extremism.

Mr. Obama told the conference that the U.S. is not at war with the ...

Alabama editorial roundup

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:31

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:

Feb. 17

Anniston (Alabama) Star on America's immigration laws:

The agency charged with enforcing the nation's immigration laws faces a challenge: More undocumented residents than money in the Homeland Security budget to deport them all.

This math problem means the federal government must pick and ...

Key events in scandal that led to new Oregon governor

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:17

Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor after fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid ethics questions.

Kitzhaber announced he was stepping down following allegations that his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes. He insists he ...

Cuomo: NY lawmakers make income disclosure a tough sell

Wed, 2015-02-18 12:12

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there are no legal reasons why New York cannot require state lawmakers to report the source of their outside income - only political obstacles.

The Democratic governor told reporters in the Bronx Wednesday that he continues to believe that disclosure of lawmakers' ...

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