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  • A look at microbrewery laws being considered nationwide Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:42 AM ET

    Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday that allows microbreweries to make up to 6.2 million gallons of beer per year, removing the old limit of 1.2 million gallons. That is an issue for Arizona- based Four Peaks Brewing Company, a growing player in the industry. Wyoming lawmakers passed legislation in February allowing microbreweries to expand annual production from...

  • States increasing production caps for microbreweries Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:33 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale. Doug Ducey went to Four Peaks' original location in Tempe on Tuesday to sign a law that expands the caps, touting it as a...

  • March 31- A New York judge this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accused HSBC Holdings Plc of ignoring a law designed to protect homeowners from foreclosure. The lawsuit, filed in 2013 by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, alleged HSBC violated a state law requiring lenders to file paperwork, known as a request for...

  • March 31- A court in Buffalo, New York, dismissed a petition on Monday filed by New York state, alleging that HSBC Holdings Plc ignored a law designed to protect homeowners from being thrown into foreclosure without getting a chance to renegotiate their mortgages. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2013 accused HSBC of letting...

  • Wal-Mart urges Arkansas governor to veto religion bill Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Retail giant Wal-Mart says Arkansas Gov. Wal-Mart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said in a statement Tuesday the bill prohibiting state and local government from infringing on someone's religious beliefs without a "compelling" interest threatens the state's spirt of inclusion and the Bentonville- based company's values.

  • WALMART CEO ASKS ARKANSAS GOVERNOR TO VETO RELIGION LAW, SAYS IT UNDERMINES' SPIRIT OF INCLUSION'.

  • PHOENIX— Arizona taxi companies that also operate ride-hailing services won a major concession Tuesday on insurance in a bill overhauling regulations for firms such as Uber and Lyft. A Senate amendment to the bill by Republican Rep. House Bill 2135 received initial Senate approval on Tuesday but the effect of the amendment remained unclear.

  • Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced the formation of a nonpartisan group that will spend the next several months coming up with options to fund his proposed 30- year, $100 billion overhaul of Connecticut's transportation system. The Democrat said the Governor's Transportation Finance Panel will recommend transportation financing options to him by the...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The Alaska Senate passed legislation Tuesday to temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. The 13-7 vote followed failed attempts by House Speaker Mike Chenault, Senate President Kevin Meyer and Walker to reach an agreement. Supporters of the bill say it...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A watchdog group is accusing four potential 2016 presidential candidates of skirting federal campaign finance rules while traveling and raising money as if they were off and running. In complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, the Campaign Legal Center says Florida Republican Jeb Bush, Maryland Democrat Martin...

  • Arkansas legislature passes religious freedom bill Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 4:36 PM ET
    Gov. Asa Hutchinson

    Despite criticism, the Arkansas state legislature passed its version of a measure billed as a religious freedom law. NYT reports.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio group wants a federal judge to block state officials from ending the Medicaid health coverage of tens of thousands of low-income residents. The request comes as the state's Medicaid agency works to "re-determine" eligibility for recipients of the federal-state program, as required by the federal government. The Legal Aid Society of...

  • Judge approves RadioShack sale to Standard General Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    DOVER, Del.— A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of more than 1,740 RadioShack stores to hedge fund Standard General, preserving some 7,500 jobs. RadioShack's bankruptcy plan calls for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to operate dedicated "store within a store" shops in most of the locations acquired by acquired by General Wireless, a newly formed...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A bill aimed at helping Missouri's dairy and cattle farmers is once again heading to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's desk— this time without a contentious provision to shift state regulation of farmed deer that led to a veto last year. At issue last year was a provision that would have shifted control of captive deer from the Department of...

  • Senate panel considers repeal of construction wage law Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:38 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana lawmakers proposed changes Tuesday to a GOP- backed bill that would repeal the law that sets wages for public construction projects, though opponents say those efforts aren't enough to offset potential damage to the state's construction industry. Opponents argue the change would hurt many Indiana- based companies by opening the door...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney is insisting that Gov. Chris Christie voice support for a package of bills to aid Atlantic City and its casinos before they can be voted upon. Afterward, he told The Associated Press he will not post them for final votes unless Christie indicates support, saying that emergency managers appointed by the...

  • NY Gov. Cuomo bans some state-funded travel to Indiana Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday banned non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state's religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The ban applies to all state agencies and public colleges and universities— meaning students and faculty would not be able to participate in athletic or...

  • Correction: XGR--Public Schools Budget story Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— In a story March 27 about an increase to Idaho's public education budget, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra misstated the percentage amount of the increase. Legislative committee boosts Idaho education budget by 7.4 percent, adding $101 million. C.L. "Butch" Otter's request to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- A Spider-Man toy that shoots out webs of foam was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, with the justices appearing little inclined to overturn a half-century-old legal precedent to allow more royalty fees to go to its inventor. The nine justices heard more than an hour of oral arguments in the case pitting the inventor,...

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status, the agency's chief said Tuesday. A conservative legal center leading a federal lawsuit against the IRS challenged that, saying one group it represents is still awaiting an IRS ruling after five years. "The IRS commissioner continues to mislead the public...