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States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill

David Crary and Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:40pm

Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future.

Democratic senator asks drugmakers about opioid sales plans

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:40pm

A Democratic senator is seeking marketing information, sales records and studies from manufacturers of the top-selling opioid products in the United States to determine whether drugmakers have contributed to an overuse of the pain killers.

Darden Restaurants and Red Hat climb; McCormick skids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:32pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

Amazon tests grocery pickup service in Seattle

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:32pm

Amazon is testing a grocery pickup service in Seattle.

Movie studios look to young, diverse audiences for growth

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:32pm

The future of Hollywood movies is in the hands of young and diverse audiences.

Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:30pm

Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders' repeal effort in Washington.

Austere Texas spending bill passes Senate amid budget woes

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:10pm

Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under an austere spending bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate.

Gun control advocates say Newtown ruling is bad precedent

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:03pm

Gun control advocates are asking the Connecticut Supreme Court for permission to argue against a judge's decision last year to dismiss a wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Newtown school shooting, saying the ruling would set a bad precedent.

Correction: SmallBiz-Small Talk-Warmer Winter story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 2:03pm

In a story March 22 about the impact of a warmer winter on small businesses, The Associated Press misidentified a Fremont, New Hampshire, company that promotes snowmobile races. Its name is Rock Maple Racing, not Maple Rock Racing.

FairPoint, Consolidated shareholders approve $1.5B merger

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:53pm

Shareholders of telecommunications companies Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications voted on Tuesday to approve a proposed merger.

AP Exclusive: Lottery manager still on job after firing

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:53pm

When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects.

CEO of airline association criticizes electronics device ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:42pm

The head of the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday it's difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security.

New Jersey university is looking to sell its music college

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:42pm

A New Jersey university wants to sell its music college to another institution.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:35pm

Grain futures were higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Oklahoma may legalize hog hunting from helicopters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:35pm

Oklahoma could soon join Louisiana and Texas in allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:30pm

Grain futures were higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:30pm

Grain futures were higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Lawsuit seeks more freedom for wineries in frosty Minnesota

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:25pm

Two Minnesota wineries sued the state Tuesday to try to overturn a law that requires them to make their products with a majority of grapes grown in Minnesota, a state that's better known for its winters than vineyards.

Arkansas lawmaker: Online taxes bill dead for the session

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:25pm

A proposal to force online retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes failed for the third time before a House committee Tuesday, prompting a lawmaker sponsoring the measure to declare it dead for the session.