• Petition would seek reduced sentence for Pamela Smart

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Advocates for Pamela Smart, who’s serving a life sentence for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, say they are planning to file a petition seeking a reduced sentence.

  • Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders’ repeal effort in Washington.

  • AP Exclusive: Lottery manager still on job after firing

    CHICAGO (AP) — 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.

  • States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future.

  • Attorney claims AG’s office is ignoring records requests

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat last year is accusing the state Attorney General of withholding public records out of political spite.

  • What completed Dakota Access pipeline means for key players

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Oil has been pumped into a controversial section of the Dakota Access pipeline after months of delays caused by protests and Native American tribes’ efforts to stop the project.

  • Efforts coalesce to avoid cavern collapse in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state official says New Mexico is only a few steps away from being able to backfill a giant underground cavern before it collapses underneath a community of mobile homes and critical transportation routes in southern New Mexico.

  • Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline developer said Monday that it has placed oil in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota and that it’s preparing to put the pipeline into service.

  • Board recommends rejecting clemency for 2 Arkansas inmates

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two of inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state’s unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period.

  • New Mexico governor warns of furloughs, fiscal crisis

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State employees could face the prospect of furloughs as New Mexico considers closing museums and other cultural sites and limiting the time children are in the classroom as officials look to save cash in the midst of what Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday called a crisis.