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  • 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
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis.

    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...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- Ellen Pao faces an uphill battle should she choose to appeal her defeat last week in a gender discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield& Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Not only did a San Francisco Superior Court judge side with Pao on some key evidentiary disputes in the run-up to trial, but...

  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace. Obama also announced a fall White House summit on worker rights.

  • Supreme Court weighs Spider-Man toy patent fight Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    The Supreme Court was snarled in a web of legal arguments Tuesday over whether an inventor could keep collecting royalties on a Spider-Man toy even after his patent expired. The case began when Kimble sold his patent on the toy to comic book giant Marvel Entertainment— a division of Walt Disney Co.— in 2001 in a deal that has paid him more than $6 million in...

  • $28 million budget fix heads to Maine Gov. LePage Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine lawmakers on Tuesday sent a $28 million budget bill to Gov. The Democratic-controlled House backed the supplemental budget bill with a 146-1 vote and the Republican-led Senate followed with unanimous approval. Budget negotiators agreed to take out about $2 million to maintain the level of Medicaid reimbursements for primary care...

  • High court rules in Medicaid reimbursement dispute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

    The Supreme Court said private sector health care firms cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates.

  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho in Medicaid pay dispute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Private health care providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 decision that broke across ideological lines, the justices said medical companies have no private right to enforce federal Medicaid funding laws against states if...

  • SUPREME COURT RULES PRIVATE MEDICAL PROVIDERS CANNOT SUE STATES TO RAISE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES.