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State grants variance request for Cincinnati abortion clinic

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:21pm

A Cincinnati abortion clinic can legally continue operating despite not having a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies, under a decision from the state's health director on Friday.

Odors force closure of school in Natrona County

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:21pm

A school in Natrona County has been closed down because of chemical odors thought to be coming from a nearby oil field.

More Oklahoma cuts necessary after passage of $6.8B budget

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:30pm

The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday after passing a $6.8 billion budget that will require most state agencies to absorb deeper cuts to deal with the remaining shortfall.

Senate sends 2 more school-funding revamps to House

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:21pm

The array of ideas for making Illinois public-school funding fairer grew more complex Friday with two more plans sent to the House by Senate Democrats with three days remaining in the spring session.

Governor officially calls June special session on taxes

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:50pm

Seeking to stave off deep cuts to health and education, Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially called his second special session on taxes, hoping lawmakers will agree to reduce tax breaks and hike some income taxes to balance the Louisiana budget.

Arch Coal gives up stake in Washington coal-export project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:50pm

Arch Coal is giving up its stake in a joint venture to build a coal export port near Longview, Washington.

Venezuelan boy's death sparks anger over health care crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:40pm

Venezuelans are expressing dismay over the death of an 8-year-old boy with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who had become a symbol of the crisis-wracked nation's collapsed health care system.

Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:30pm

Federal officials have released a plan to close about 30 square miles of grazing allotments to domestic sheep and goats in west-central Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from diseases.

$12M of SC State's debt to be forgiven, $6M must be repaid

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 4:30pm

South Carolina State University would be free from $12 million in state loans but would have to repay $6 million over the next 16 years under terms approved Friday by legislators negotiating a state budget compromise.

Uber appeals Pennsylvania utility regulator's $11.4M fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:30pm

Ride-hailing company Uber is asking state utility regulators to reconsider the record-setting $11.4 million fine they issued against it.

Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:21pm

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

US economy showing signs of life after slow start to year

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:21pm

The U.S. economy is showing signs of more life after a less-than-stellar start to the year.

Family behind Market Basket grocery chain back in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:11pm

Two cousins whose feud over their family's New England supermarket chain prompted an employee walkout and a customer boycott are fighting in court again.

Iowa Indian burial site possibility stalls oil pipeline

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:11pm

The possibility of an American Indian burial site in northwest Iowa may require relocation of a crude oil pipeline route and delay the beginning of construction in Iowa, the only one of four states where work hasn't begun.

Governor signs financial rescue package for Atlantic City

Michael Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:11pm

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed a package of bills to keep financially troubled Atlantic City from running out of cash.

Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:01pm

Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.

Parents: 'Medically Fragile Children Matter' in Louisiana

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 3:01pm

Parents of disabled children chastised Louisiana lawmakers on Friday for obligating them to return year after year to plead for health care financing.

NY Democrat: Trump should return money to 9/11 recovery fund

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:40pm

Donald Trump is "a small man" for accepting $150,000 from a federal fund for small businesses hurt by the Sept. 11 attacks and should return the money or donate it to charity, a New York Democratic congressman said.

University of Maine offshore wind project gets grant boost

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:30pm

An offshore wind power pilot project led by the University of Maine is back in the running for a major federal grant, officials said Friday.