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Wisconsin AG Pulls Support for Indiana, Ohio Abortion Laws

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has withdrawn Wisconsin’s support for laws in Indiana and Ohio that limit abortion access. Former Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel filed amicus briefs supporting the laws in a pair of lawsuits challenging them. The Capital Times reported Tuesday that Kaul withdrawn the state’s support on Monday…. Read More

W.Va. Gov Orders Crews to Prioritize Secondary Road Projects

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered highway crews to compile a list of secondary road projects in their counties. Speaking to Division of Highways district engineers and county supervisors Tuesday in Charleston, the Republican governor gave them a three-day deadline to come up with a list of problem roads, then… Read More

Hundreds Attend First Education Forum Before Special Session

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ONA, W.Va. (AP) – Hundreds of West Virginia residents attended the state’s first public hearing to prepare for an upcoming special legislative session to address education issues. Parents, educators and the public attended the forum Monday at Cabell Midland High School in Ona where they were divided into groups to participate in small round-table discussions…. Read More

Agency Designed by Kasich to Cut Red Tape Now Backlogged

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio state agency designed by then-Gov. John Kasich’s administration to cut through state bureaucracy is now itself backlogged. The Common Sense Initiative was formed in 2011 by Kasich’s administration to help make Ohio business-friendly. The agency’s backlog totaled 1,233 business regulation rules for review – hundreds of which had not… Read More

Manchin Only Democratic Senator Not to Endorse LGBT Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not co-sponsor an LGBT anti-discrimination bill. 44 Democratic U.S. senators and the two independent senators that caucus with them have signed onto Senate bill 788. The bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon would add LGBT protections to… Read More

Quarles: Sales of Kentucky Hemp Products Surged in 2018

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says sales of the state’s hemp products surged in 2018, as did the amount hemp farmers were paid. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday that Kentucky hemp processors reported nearly $58 million in gross product sales last year, compared with nearly $17 million in 2017. The report is… Read More

Ohio Sues Over $16M in Alleged Prescription Drug Overcharges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Efforts to support Ohio’s vulnerable children and adults, prepare more skilled workers, and address water-quality concerns would get targeted funding increases under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s first state operating budget proposal. Officials say the spending plan unveiled Friday doesn’t raise taxes, instead relying on anticipated slow, steady economic growth from existing… Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Target Solar power, Felony Expungement

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – People who put solar panels on their homes will likely get less credit for the power they generate after Kentucky lawmakers OK’d new rules for the fledgling industry in one of the country’s top coal-producing states. The legislation was one of 119 bills Kentucky lawmakers finished on Thursday, an explosion of… Read More

Ohio Budget Plan Targets Funding for Kids, Workforce, Water

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Efforts to support Ohio’s vulnerable children and adults, prepare more skilled workers, and address water-quality concerns would get targeted funding increases under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s first state operating budget proposal. Officials say the spending plan unveiled Friday doesn’t raise taxes, instead relying on anticipated slow, steady economic growth from existing… Read More