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Senate approves bill aimed at lottery scholarship fix

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:30am

It's now up to lawmakers in the House to consider a proposal aimed at shoring up New Mexico's struggling lottery scholarship program.

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As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:26am

As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

New York weighs new approach to high child care costs

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:20am

New York may allow the parents of young children to defer a piece of their state taxes to help cover the cost of child care.

Israeli leader defends gas extraction deal in Supreme Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:20am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unprecedented appearance at the Supreme Court Sunday to defend a deal signed in December with U.S. and Israeli developers drilling offshore gas deposits.

Iran exports first oil shipment to Europe since nuclear deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:10am

Iran says it has exported its first crude oil shipment to Europe since it reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Swiss to represent Saudi Arabia in Iran after ties cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 7:50am

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Sunday that Switzerland has agreed to handle its diplomatic services in Iran so that Iranian pilgrims can continue to visit the oil-rich kingdom.

Israel: 3 Palestinian attackers killed in separate incidents

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 6:40am

Three Palestinian teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank on Sunday, the Israeli military and police said.

Obama uses California's Sunnylands as Western White House

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 1:02am

The guest list at Sunnylands reads like a roster of the rich and famous, from years past to today: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Queen Elizabeth II, to name a few.

Vancouver man marks 50 years with Starr-Edwards heart valve

Marissa Harshman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 12:10am

Glenn Baker was just 32 years old when he underwent a relatively new surgical procedure in 1966 to replace a heart valve.

Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 6:21pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers Saturday, showing the widespread cuts that would be levied across public colleges and health care services without new money for the state treasury.

The Latest: Rail bridge fire out, Amtrak service disrupted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 5:40pm

The Latest on a railroad trestle fire west of New Orleans (all times local):

Train trestle fire near New Orleans doused, Amtrak route cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 5:40pm

Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse a blaze on a train trestle west of New Orleans, but some Amtrak and freight service remain disrupted.

Pierre hospital changing policy for mental health patients

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 4:51pm

Avera St. Mary's hospital in Pierre is changing how it treats patients with mental health issues after a person who needed further care walked away recently.

Thune tours Rosebud hospital, calls for accountability

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 4:41pm

U.S. Sen. John Thune says the problems facing an Indian Health Service hospital in Rosebud are "life and death issues."

Arkansas lawmaker proposes tax on some college properties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 4:11pm

A Republican state lawmaker wants to levy property taxes on public colleges and universities for property they rent to commercial businesses or use for a "nonpublic purpose."

Greek farmers end blockade of central Athens in tax dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 1:41pm

Greek farmers protesting planned tax hikes and pension changes have left a central Athens square where they had been camped out since Friday but are vowing to keep protesting until the government listens.

As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 1:41pm

As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300-square-mile (780-square-kilometer) area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

New University of Arkansas chancellor to examine budget

Marty Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 12:41pm

Joseph Steinmetz knows what he wants to do but hasn't figured out how he will do it.

Kingston library expands as book, Internet patrons grow

Bill Bowden-Gazette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 12:41pm

After the library closes in Kingston, a town of about 300 residents, people sit on the front porch or in vehicles out front with laptop computers so they can pick up the library's Wi-Fi signal.

Costco, Trader Joe's further divide regional shopping market

Samuel Hardiman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 12:40pm

Two national chains, Costco and Trader Joe's, are scheduled to bring more grocery options to Tulsa in the span of two months, and, when they do, high-end natural grocers and other wholesalers will face stiffer competition, national and local experts say.