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Debate on tax on tampons arrives in Utah

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:37pm

A Utah lawmaker is riding an national wave of debate over whether to tax tampons or other feminine hygiene products.

Disappearing act: Twitter reports flatlining user growth

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:30pm

Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to other services that strike a more personal chord.

Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:50pm

Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:21pm

President Barack Obama came here nine years ago to declare it was "time to turn the page" on cynical, special- interest politics. He returned Wednesday lamenting that the story hasn't changed.

Latest: Flint mayor asks Obama to visit her city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

New Nebraska Medicaid bill reopens old divide in hearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:50pm

The newest attempt to expand health care coverage with Medicaid dollars has reopened an old divide in the Nebraska Legislature.

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:40pm

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Kansas Senate approves bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:30pm

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill designed to cut Kansas' costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents.

House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:20pm

Education advocates plan to use an extra handful of days pressing lawmakers to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax hike for increasing teacher pay after House legislators postponed a vote Wednesday on the bill.

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:10pm

The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.

Police raid offices, home connected to polygamous group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:00pm

Federal agents are serving search warrants in at several locations connected with a Utah polygamous group.

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Deepti Hajela and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:40pm

A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said.

Louisiana revenue forecasts drop again; budget gap at $850M

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:31pm

Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of at least $850 million and placing government services at risk of deep cuts, with only four months remaining to rebalance the state's spending plan.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:31pm

The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.

Jack Daniel's Distillery announces $140 million expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 4:00pm

The historic Jack Daniel's Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey.

Mylan to buy Sweden's Meda AB for $7.2 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

Drugmaker Mylan says it will buy Meda AB of Sweden for $7.2 billion in cash and stock, and says the move will help it enter new markets.

Report: Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:50pm

A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.

The Latest: Kansas House budget plan still hits university

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:41pm

The Latest on the Kansas House's debate on budget legislation (all times local):

Chancellor: Cash-strapped UC Berkeley faces tough decisions

Lisa Leff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:31pm

The University of California, Berkeley, is running a $150 million deficit this year and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses if it hopes to sustain its national standing as a premier public institution, the school's chancellor warned Wednesday.