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Appeals court: Washington must fix salmon-blocking culverts

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:00pm

In a case that could have big implications for dams and other development in the Northwest, a federal appeals court panel said Monday that Native American tribes have a right not only to fish for salmon, but for there to be salmon to catch — a ruling that affirms the duty of the United States to protect the habitat of the prized fish under treaties dating back more than 150 years.

Governor signs bill aimed at keeping Kansas schools open

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Monday to increase aid to poor school districts, an action that meets a court mandate and ends a threat that the state's public schools might shut down.

Pennsylvania senator aims to repeal 2011 abortion clinic law

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday striking down restrictive abortion regulations in Texas prompted a Pennsylvania state senator to announce he will seek repeal of a 2011 law that imposed expensive facility and staff expansions on clinics that perform abortions in the state.

Settlement ends trial in deadly 2012 oil platform fire

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

A settlement Monday brought an abrupt end to a complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012.

Short-term budget fix for Illinois close, but not schools

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he's close to a compromise with Democratic lawmakers on a partial-year budget plan with just three days left in the fiscal year, but the gap between the two sides on a second measure to open public schools on time became apparent late in the day.


Volkswagen reaches $14.7B emissions settlement

Tom Krisher and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:50pm

Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday.

La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:41pm

Mississippi's abortion restrictions will likely be the first outside Texas to be affected by Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges, the leader of the Center for Reproductive Rights said.

Ads attack Nevada Senate candidate Cortez Masto over Uber

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:40pm

A PAC is launching a $1.2 million ad blitz this week to criticize Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto for her role in ride-hailing service Uber's temporary shutdown in Nevada.

Days before deadline, Senate to consider Puerto Rico bill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:40pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning of widespread consequences, from layoffs of police officers to a hospital closure, if the Senate fails to act before Friday on a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico.

NMSU to offer discounted tuition for Mexican students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:31pm

Mexican students will now be able to attend New Mexico State University at a discounted rate.

North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:30pm

The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America's electrical power by 2025.

Egypt detains, deports prominent female TV host

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:30pm

Egyptian authorities on Monday detained and deported a famous TV host whose program had been critical of the government's policies, including its crackdown on freedom of speech, her lawyer and officials said.

Civil rights leader, former DC delegate arrested at airport

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:02pm

Civil rights leader and former congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy was arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport on a 5-year-old charge of writing a bad check in Maryland, authorities said.

Arkansas prison agency: Complacency led to inmate's escape

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:00pm

One prison staffer has been fired and another was suspended without pay after an investigation showed complacency among Arkansas Department of Correction employees led to the escape of an inmate who was previously convicted of killing a teenage girl and stuffing her body in a barrel, authorities said Monday.

Senate Democrats to propose $750M education funding increase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:00pm

Senate Democrats plan to put forward an education funding plan Tuesday that increases money for public schools this fall by $750 million.

Abortion ruling may not open door for new Texas clinics

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 4:00pm

Abortion providers celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down major Texas abortion restrictions Monday also begrudgingly acknowledged a daunting reality: The damage is done, and no time soon are women likely to see new clinics replacing about 20 abortion facilities lost since 2013.

2 companies chosen for Nebraska youth grant program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:51pm

Companies from Hebron and Omaha are the newest recipients of a Nebraska state grant program that connects young people to careers in manufacturing and technology.

Snyder OKs $16B school budget, including private school aid

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:51pm

Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed into law a $16.1 billion education budget, which includes a per-student spending increase ranging from $60 to $120 to decrease the gap between higher- and lower-funded public school districts.

AP Source: Volkswagen reaches $15B emissions settlement; owners get buyback or fix plus cash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:51pm

AP Source: Volkswagen reaches $15B emissions settlement; owners get buyback or fix plus cash .

Supreme Court abortion ruling could affect Tennessee laws

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:51pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's Monday ruling on abortion restrictions in Texas could affect the outcome of a federal court challenge to two Tennessee laws.