• In this  Jan. 21, 2016, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his State of the State address at the Statehouse in Boston. During the address, Baker said being called boring makes him smile. The Republican governor thrives in one of the nation's bluest states, trading compliments, not jabs, with Democratic legislative leaders. Socially liberal but fiscally conservative, Baker’s favorability ratings have soared. One national poll in the fall declared him the most popular governor in America.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    GOP governor stays popular in Democratic Massachusetts

    BOSTON (AP) — While partisan battles rage in Washington and state capitals, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker thrives in one of the nation’s bluest states.

  • New Mexico moves to cut spending to offset oil bust

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico slashed revenue projections for this year and next by a quarter-billion dollars because of low oil and natural gas prices and took initial steps Saturday toward reducing general fund spending next year.

  • Old, faulty police cruisers are driving officers crazy

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Holes in the floorboards. Cracks in fenders and bumpers. Metal that sticks out of torn seats and rips uniforms. Gas gauges that don’t work. Radio equipment that malfunctions. Occasional breakdowns. Peeling paint.

  • FOR STORY PORTUGAL - THE AUSTERITY NEGOTIATOR - In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 10 2016, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa addresses supporters of his Socialist Party in Lisbon to explain and take questions about the government's 2016 state budget.  Costa doesn't boast about being an expert deal-maker, but he is quietly building a reputation as a canny negotiator building unprecedented alliances and becoming the government leader to watch in southern Europe. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

    In southern Europe, an astute negotiator unpicks austerity

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — He doesn’t boast about being an expert deal-maker like Donald Trump, but new Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa is quietly building a reputation as a canny negotiator and a government leader to watch in southern Europe by doing what many people thought was impossible.

  • New U of Illinois athletic director possible by end of month

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson now says the school hopes to name a new athletic director by the end of February.

  • New Mexico braces for budget crunch linked to oil prices

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chairman of New Mexico’s Senate Finance Committee warned Thursday that the state could be short on revenue by $700 million or more during the current fiscal year because of reduced income from oil and gas production and anemic corporate and sales tax receipts.

  • Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts to the cheering crowd at his primary night rally Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

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  • Obama budget includes money for Albuquerque transit project

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget includes support for funding for a major mass transit project in Albuquerque.

  • Gallup senator’s detox center proposal goes before committee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state’s liquor excise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.

  • In this Feb. 4, 2016, photo, teacher Jessica Ries passes out writing assessment tests to her fourth-grade students at Hayward Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ries is one of many teachers working two jobs in South Dakota, a state that ranks last in teacher pay. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

    Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.