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Education-related groups lead lobbying efforts in New Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:21am

A new report shows retirees and teachers unions are among those who have had the widest lobbying presence at the New Mexico capitol in recent years.

Feds: Leader of New Jersey gang Grape Street Crips indicted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:21am

Federal authorities in New Jersey say they've arrested the reputed leader of one of the state's most violent street gangs, the Grape Street Crips.

Judge orders northeast Iowa zoo to remove tigers, lemurs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:21am

The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the endangered animals.

Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:21am

The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.

Police: Man shackled girl, 15, as collateral for loan to dad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

Police say a Pennsylvania man kept a 15-year-old girl in shackles as collateral for a loan to her father.

Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

The University of Missouri system's budget would be frozen under a spending plan passed by in a House committee, whose chairwoman blamed the system for not properly handling of recent race-related protests.

Bill to limit student testing advances in Legislature

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

A bill that would limit the number of hours Wyoming students can spend taking statewide assessment tests is moving on to the House floor.

The Latest: Sheriff shares more details of fatal shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

The Latest on a gunman fatally shooting two sheriff's deputies and being killed in a shootout (all times local):

Burst sprinkler damages thousands of books in UTC library

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

A burst sprinkler in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's new library has caused water damage to two-thirds of the half-million books, and has led to the basement floor being closed to the public.

CDC ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

The government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but warning there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.

The Latest: Bevin says his focus is fixing 'fiscal crisis'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

The Latest on former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's effort to oppose Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's effort to dismantle the state's health care program known as kynect (all times local):

Cleveland mayor apologizes for billing family of dead boy

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:11am

The mayor of Cleveland has apologized for the city sending a claim to the estate of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy fatally shot by a white officer, seeking $500 for transporting the boy by ambulance to a hospital.

House bill would attempt to better rehabilitate prisoners

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:01am

Inmates could receive credits for taking part in rehabilitation programs such as education or job training under legislation advanced by a House panel.

Mystery illness sickens 174 students at Pennsylvania college

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:01am

The number of students sickened by a mystery illness at Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania has risen to over 170.

US judge orders man deported for concealing Bosnia war past

Robin McDowell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:00am

A man who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war-torn Bosnia almost two decades ago will be deported for concealing a long criminal past in his home country, including the murder of an elderly Serbian neighbor, a federal judge ordered Thursday.

US ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:51am

The U.S. government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but it warns there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.

Edwards asks court to drop Jindal lawsuit, reject Landry

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:41am

Gov. John Bel Edwards has formally asked an appeals court to drop the lawsuit former Gov. Bobby Jindal filed against federal officials over the Common Core education standards.

Mississippi Senate advances bill for elected superintendents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:41am

Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to eliminate the election of school superintendents — an issue that has been debated for many years.

Colorado deputy dies after being shot while on duty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:41am

A Colorado sheriff's deputy shot while on duty has died after he was taken off life support.