Lawmakers from rural areas fight to be heard

MINNEAPOLIS – They’re an endangered species in many state legislatures as more Americans move to urban centers or suburban cities: the rural lawmaker who knows what it’s like to care for a herd,...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

N.M. teacher pay raise uncertain

SANTA FE (AP) – Teachers are in line for a $2,000 base salary increase under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there’s uncertainty over the raise because Gov. Susana...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

250 protest Arizona bill targeting gays

PHOENIX – About 250 people who gathered at the Arizona Capitol demanded Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs....

DATE: Feb. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Religious freedom bill riles gay-rights supporters

PHOENIX – Arizona House lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others. Democrats and...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Bill would limit early releases in state prisons

DENVER – Colorado prisons would have the power to revoke inmates’ earned time for any reason, or if they have committed a violent crime while incarcerated, with a bill given initial approval...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

When did you smoke your first cigarette?

DENVER – Colorado would raise the tobacco age to 21 under a bill that won approval in a House committee Thursday. The bipartisan bill could make Colorado the first with a statewide 21-to-smoke law....

DATE: Feb. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colo. gay-marriage ban challenged by couples

DENVER – Nine same-sex Colorado couples are suing to overturn the state’s constitutional rejection of gay marriage, saying it reduces them to second-class citizenship. According to the lawsuit...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Pot-tax revenue beyond state’s wildest dreams

DENVER – Colorado’s legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Give your child medical marijuana?

COLORADO SPRINGS – The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Looks like you’ll be out of bars at 2

DENVER – Lawmakers rejected a proposal to allow Colorado cities and towns to extend bar hours after the legislator sponsoring the bill Monday asked them to vote no. “I think that it’s time to go...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Have you found best way to delice kids?

SALT LAKE CITY – When it comes to head lice, there’s an inescapable ick factor. So when parents are notified of an outbreak at their child’s school or they see them on their child’s head, most rush...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Public safety head named Albuquerque police chief

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden was named Friday to lead the troubled Albuquerque Police Department as it works to emerge from a federal probe into allegations of...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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