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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.

A look at how Trump's moves on coal will affect the industry

Matthew Brown and Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:25pm

President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar.

Elton John to help develop animated 'Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:25pm

Elton John is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to develop an animated adaptation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Transportation funding bill cruises to Idaho House

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:25pm

A massive transportation funding bill is making its way through the Idaho Statehouse as lawmakers hope to finish their work before the end of the day.

White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:20pm

President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:18pm

A Russian billionaire close to President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his past business relationship with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Convenience store magnate, governor candidate Mihos dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:18pm

Convenience store magnate Christy Mihos, who built and sold a chain of markets bearing his name, twice ran unsuccessfully for governor and endured a nasty divorce and bankruptcy, has died at age 67.