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Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 6:23pm

A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.

NTSB: New rules needed for air shipments of batteries

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:34pm

The government should issue more stringent rules for how rechargeable batteries are shipped on planes to prevent uncontrollable fires, the chairman of a federal accident investigations board said Tuesday.

Latest: Bacteria worries influenced Flint corrosion decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:33pm

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

Former Tyco CEO named board chairman of ex-prisoners group

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:30pm

A former business titan convicted more than a decade ago in a notorious corporate fraud case that featured headline-grabbing tales of excessive spending is now board chairman of a New York City nonprofit that helps ex-prisoners re-enter society, the group announced Tuesday.

Chicago school district make $41 million midyear budget cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:41pm

Chicago Public Schools have slashed millions of dollars from school budgets, forcing principals to refigure their plans with the second semester just underway.

Despite problems charter schools could get more state money

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:01pm

Setting up a potential tug-of-war over millions in taxpayer money, the Florida House is rushing ahead with a plan that would force school districts across the state to share local property taxes with charter schools.

Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:11pm

A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

Idaho House OKs bill to end indexing of homeowner exemption

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 6:22pm

Idaho homeowners would face a cap while claiming their property tax exemption in a new bill that passed the Idaho House on Tuesday.

Farmers, schools at odds over Ricketts' property tax plan

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 6:22pm

Gov. Pete Ricketts' property tax plan drew praise Tuesday from Nebraska's farming community and opposition from school officials, who would face new restrictions on their budget authority.

The Latest: Ex-execs of Haslam-owned chain charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 6:07pm

The Latest on the case against the former president of the truck stop chain Flying J (all times local):

Canadian Pacific wants vote on Norfolk Southern deal

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:53pm

Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders whether they want the two railroads to pursue a merger.

APNewsBreak: Review critical of workplace safety policy

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:53pm

An inspection has found the state child welfare agency's safety policy didn't have comprehensive measures to protect employees from workplace assaults when a social worker was shot dead outside her office building last August.

Haslam-owned chain exec advised 'say one thing, do another'

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:52pm

A former top executive of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam advised sales staff to "Say one thing, do another," when it came to dealing with customers, according to an indictment.

Daimler recalling 840,000 vehicles in US for Takata air bags

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:33pm

Daimler AG is recalling 840,000 vehicles in the U.S. because they have potentially defective driver's side air bags made by Takata Corp.

NYC's Carnegie Deli reopens after building code violation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:33pm

New York City's Carnegie Deli has reopened after being closed for 10 months due to illegal gas use.

Mississippi education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:04pm

Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.

Gov. Bullock takes aim at filling health care jobs

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 5:04pm

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, hoping to promote his record on producing high-wage jobs, convened a round-table discussion at Montana Tech on Tuesday to address the state's growing need for more health care workers.

Kansas Senate advances bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:40pm

A bill designed to cut Kansas' costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents has received first-round approval in the state Senate.

Snyder plans university funding above when he took office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:40pm

Gov. Rick Snyder will propose that Michigan's 15 public universities get 4.3 percent more in state operations funding in the next fiscal year.