Politics Nov 18Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting
In Louisiana, Republicans who already controlled the state House and Senate had hoped to consolidate power by defeating Edwards, or else obtain a two-thirds majority in both legislative chambers that would allow them to override his vetoes. Neither occurred.
Nation Jul 27Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp ‘loophole’
The proposed rule change, outlined this past week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has highlighted the ideological clash between President Trump’s attempts to tighten government entitlement programs and efforts in some states to widen the social safety net.
Nation May 31Missouri’s only abortion clinic can keep stay open, according to judge’s order
St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer issued a temporary restraining order preventing Missouri from taking away the clinic's license. He said Planned Parenthood "has demonstrated that immediate and irreparable injury will result" if its abortion license is allowed to expire.
Politics May 30Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s rules for choosing governors racist
In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other state office.
Nation May 28Flood buyouts are getting more expensive as storms intensify
An AP analysis shows federal buyouts of flooded properties have been getting more expensive, with many of the costliest coming in the last decade.
Nation May 23Tornado hits Missouri capital as deadly storms sweep state
A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state that left at least three people dead and dozens injured.
Nation May 233 killed in Missouri as tornado strikes state capital
The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday.
Politics Dec 31These issues will top state lawmakers’ to-do lists in 2019
Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will lead the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats.
Economy Dec 30Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities
New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers.
Politics Nov 07Democrats gain governors’ seats, but GOP holds some states
The nation's closely watched governor's race in Georgia remained too close to call Tuesday night.