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Indiana governor eyes ‘inflationary relief,’ not gas tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's governor said Wednesday he was preparing a plan to potentially tap into the growing state budget surplus to help residents with the national inflation jump, while rejecting calls for suspending state gas taxes. Democrats have been calling since March for a ...

Defense: Notes back claim Clinton lawyer didn’t lie to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense attorneys for a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer charged with lying to the FBI during the Trump-Russia probe showed jurors handwritten notes on Wednesday aimed at undercutting allegations that he misled the federal government about his legal work. Michael Sussmann is ...

Florida passes condominium safety bill in wake of Surfside

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida would require statewide recertification of condominiums over three stories tall under a bill sent Wednesday to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis by lawmakers, their legislation a response to the Surfside building collapse that killed 98 people. The House ...

Texas bar seeks to punish AG Ken Paxton for election lawsuit

DALLAS (AP) — The State Bar of Texas sued Wednesday to punish state Attorney General Ken Paxton for his failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud, raising a new legal danger for the Republican the day after he secured his party's nomination for a ...

Florida Legislature approves property insurance package

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final passage to sweeping property insurance legislation that creates a $2 billion reinsurance fund and rewrites rules on coverage denials and attorney fees, as lawmakers attempt to stabilize rising rates and ...

Finstad, Ettinger head to special election for Hagedorn seat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican former U.S Department of Agriculture official Brad Finstad will face Democratic former Hormel Foods chief executive Jeff Ettinger in an August special election to finish the term of the late Minnesota GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn. State Rep. Jeremy Munson conceded ...

NC Medicaid expansion stakes rise with Senate leader support

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's most powerful Republican elected official threw his weight fully behind Medicaid expansion Wednesday, raising the stakes for an issue lingering in state politics for a decade that could result in hundreds of thousands of low-income adults ...

House official: Lawmakers should not carry guns at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress should be barred from carrying firearms anywhere in the Capitol or its surrounding office buildings and grounds, the House's top law enforcement official said Wednesday, a view that goes beyond current restrictions and defies Republican orthodoxy on the ...

COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As the nation marked 1 million deaths from COVID-19 last week, the milestone was bookended by mass shootings that killed people simply living their lives: grocery shopping, going to church, or attending the fourth grade. The number, once unthinkable, is now an ...

Delgado becomes 1st New York Lt. governor with Latino roots

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Antonio Delgado was sworn in as New York's lieutenant governor Wednesday, becoming the state's first person of Latino heritage to serve in statewide office. Delgado, who identifies as Afro-Latino, is taking on the largely ceremonial role in the administration of Gov. ...

Incumbents in Georgia beat primary opponents down the ballot

ATLANTA (AP) — Beyond the marquee races for governor and U.S. Senate, several statewide officials overcame challengers from within their own parties in primary elections decided Tuesday in Georgia. Georgia's incumbent attorney general and insurance commissioner both defeated fellow ...

‘I’ve got to dig deep’: Texas shooting tests Newtown parents

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — As the mother of a girl killed at Sandy Hook, Michele Gay was devastated by the massacre at a Texas elementary school, with its aching parallels to the 2012 attack in Connecticut. It was all the more saddening in light of the work she has invested in the years since to ...

Arizona Democratic congressman Gallego rips Ted Cruz, NRA

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego lashed out at the National Rifle Association and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in a series of profane tweets in response to a massacre at a Texas elementary school. Gallego responded Tuesday to Cruz's comments predicting that ...

NC Attorney General Stein out of hospital following stroke

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein left a Raleigh hospital on Wednesday after being treated earlier this week for what he called a "minor stroke." Stein's office confirmed his release the day after the two-term Democrat announced he was hospitalized. He said ...

Oz, McCormick race heads into recount in Pa. Senate primary

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top election official said Wednesday that the margin between the top two candidates in last week's Republican primary for U.S. Senate is tight enough to trigger a statewide recount, dragging the outcome into June as the candidates fight in court. The ...

Alaska Senate president says he won’t seek reelection

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Senate President Peter Micciche said Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year, citing a desire to spend more time with family. His announcement comes after the Legislature last week ended its four-month regular session and a week before a candidate filing ...

Jill Biden, Murthy welcome 2nd mass delivery of baby formula

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy welcomed the delivery Wednesday of a second shipment of tens of thousands of pounds of baby formula that the Biden administration is importing from Europe to ease critical supply shortages in the U.S. The first lady and the ...

Officer in Buffalo supermarket attack honored at funeral

GETZVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The retired police officer killed while trying to stop the gunman in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket was awarded the department's medal of honor at his funeral Wednesday, as the country processed another massacre at a Texas school that killed 19 children and ...

Ex-Illinois House leader Arroyo sentenced for bribery scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme. Luis Arroyo was handed a 57-month sentence by U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger after pleading guilty in November to a wire fraud count ...

Oklahoma governor signs the nation’s strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation's strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal ...