• New rule gradually bringing corporate tax breaks to light

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Want to know how much money governments give away in corporate tax breaks? Good luck.

  • Oklahoma crisis offers opportunity for hapless Democrats

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma state budget has been cut so deeply that two elementary schools in state Rep. Jason Dunnington’s district can no longer afford to pay for art teachers. A hospital is struggling after lawmakers axed a fund for uncompensated care.

  • Correction: Alabama Redistricting story

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a story May 19 about redistricting in the Alabama Legislature, The Associated Press reported erroneously that race was used in drawing new district lines.

  • New Mexico governor, Democrats meet over budget stalemate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Taxes remain the hurdle as New Mexico lawmakers prepare to return to the state capitol next week to hash out a budget compromise to ensure higher education and other government services are funded starting July 1.

  • Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol.