State governments

FILE - In this Friday, May 20, 2016, file photo, Dr. Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer at the Animal Medical Center, checks on one of his patients at the hospital's clinic in New York. When asked his feeling about declawing cats, Goldstein said that veterinarians don't like the procedure but it's better than the alternatives of housing the cat in a shelter or putting it to death. New York state would be the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats under legislation scheduled for a vote Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 04, 2019 - 3:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would be the first state in the U.S. to ban the declawing of cats under legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of cat owners, animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians who call the procedure cruel and needless. The bill, which would subject veterinarians...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, the State House is surrounded by fall foliage in Augusta, Maine. The Democratic-led state Senate voted Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. The house approved it the day before. The office of Gov. Janet Mills said she has not yet taken a position on the bill. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 04, 2019 - 1:19 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the...
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File - In this May 14, 2019, file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Democratic presidential candidate, officially announces his campaign for president at Helena High School in Helena, Mont. Gov. Bullock and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal face a key test Wednesday, June 5, 2019, when a judge hears arguments in their lawsuit seeking to force the Trump administration to resume collecting information about donors to certain nonprofit groups. Bullock, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, has made campaign-finance disclosure a signature issue. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)
June 04, 2019 - 1:14 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An attempt by two states to force the Trump administration to resume collecting information about donors to certain nonprofit groups faces a key test Wednesday when a federal judge in Montana hears arguments about whether the states can challenge the IRS policy. Montana Gov...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 04, 2019 - 9:56 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers." Northam, a Democrat...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 04, 2019 - 7:04 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Latest on plans by Virginia's governor to call a special legislative session on gun control (all times local): 10 a.m. A top gun rights advocate in Virginia says Gov. Ralph Northam's plan for a special legislative session on gun control is "political theater." Philip...
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June 03, 2019 - 4:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board's decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, marking the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson's murderous cult. Van Houten, 69, is still a threat,...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at the California for All Emergency Management Preparedness Summit, Monday, June 3, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom said Monday that the Defense Department as agreed to provide information from a Cold War-era military satellite to help spot wildfires, while the defense secretary also gave the California National Guard blanket approval through the year's end to use unmanned drones to map fires, count destroyed houses and spot survivors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 03, 2019 - 4:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has a new level of cooperation with the Pentagon as it tries to avoid another deadly, destructive fire season, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, downplaying friction with President Donald Trump's administration. The Defense Department has agreed to provide...
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June 03, 2019 - 4:09 pm
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A New York school district has finished installing a facial recognition system intended to spot potentially dangerous intruders, but state officials concerned about privacy say they want to know more before the technology is put into use. Education Department spokeswoman Emily...
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Emily Kientzel empties the water out of her grandmother Joan FitzGerald's boot that filled with floodwater from the Mississippi River, as they check on the home of a friend outside of Portage des Sioux, Mo., Sunday, June 2, 2019. The pair are standing on the second story balcony of the home that has more than a foot of water in it. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 1:25 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as it approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast part of the state,...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 03, 2019 - 2:25 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wasted little time getting to Virginia Beach after a gunman killed a dozen people in a city office building, the first major test of his leadership since a blackface scandal almost forced him from office four months ago. The governor, who is...
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