• Group mulls changes to transgender student athlete rules

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s high school activities association on Thursday largely maintained its policy allowing transgender student athletes to request to play on the team of their choice, increasing the likelihood Republicans in the statehouse will push legislation to change it.

  • Jack Beven, senior hurricane specialist, tracks the movement of Tropical Storm Erika as it moves westward towards islands in the eastern Caribbean, at the National Hurricane Center, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Miami. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the Leeward islands. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    TS Erika swirls toward Puerto Rico, dumps heavy rain

    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Thursday, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power and water supplies.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo Erin Stennis poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Stennis helped a lawmaker pass legislation allowing California taxpayers to donate to colon cancer prevention after her husband died of the disease in 2003. Stennis says it's a missed opportunity that the state hasn't spent any of the  donations on cancer awareness a decade after the legislation passed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    AP EXCLUSIVE: California tax donations lost in bureaucracy

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn’t been spent.

  • Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s legislative budget leaders said they oppose spending taxpayer money on a new St. Louis football stadium, casting serious doubts on whether supporters can cobble together enough money for the facility before an approaching NFL vote on whether to relocate the Rams.

  • In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, sitting in her home in Butte, Mont., Jennifer Blaz, 34, holds the small hand print, hair clipping and footprint given to her by the hospital after the death of her daughter, Mattisyn, in 2013. Earlier in the day, Matthew Blaz, 33, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of their infant daughter. In a document obtained by The Associated Press in August 2015, the federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with required details about children who die from abuse and neglect. The AP obtained the letter from Montana officials after filing a federal Freedom of Information Act with HHS. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)

    Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding

    The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect.

  • Governor orders review of NM school districts’ hiring

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered an immediate review of whether New Mexico school districts are conducting timely criminal background checks of new employees in light of revelations that a high-level Albuquerque district administrator was hired despite facing child sex abuse charges in Colorado.

  • New Mexico governor meeting with executives in California

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and a group of economic development officials are visiting northern California for a round of business meetings.