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Vermont to raise minimum wage to $10.50, highest of any U.S. state

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday signed a law that will raise the state's minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by 2018, higher than any other U.S. state The move to raise the entry-level salary from $8.73 comes in a year when Democrats, including Shumlin, have sought to make worker pay an election issue. U.S. […]

Zetas member arrested in northern Mexico state

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers and federal police arrested an alleged member of the Zetas drug gang who authorities say is one of 12 cartel members fueling an increase of violence in the border state of Tamaulipas, a top official said Tuesday. View full post on Crime and Trials News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Longest serving state House speakers in the nation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ Michael Madigan is currently the longest serving House speaker in the U.S. by nearly a decade, but he is not the longest serving speaker ever. View full post on Congress News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Man arrested in deaths of Alaska State Troopers

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two troopers in a remote village, the Alaska State Troopers said Friday. Nathaniel Lee Kangas is under arrest in the murders … View full post on Crime and Trials News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage

By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) – Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday signed into law a measure that will phase in the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state, in line with a push by Democrats nationwide to raise the entry-level wage. The bill, which was approved by state legislators a day earlier, will […]

State regulators hire outside lawyer for dispute with SEC

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State securities regulators have hired a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer to help them win a rare and high-stakes jurisdictional dispute with the SEC. The North American Securities Administrators Association, or NASAA, recently tapped former SEC enforcement lawyer Tom Sporkin to help respond to an SEC proposal […]

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

By Dan Levine and Sharon Bernstein SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year. Senator Leland Yee, a former […]

Senate jobless benefits plan poses problems: state agencies

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday a U.S. Senate plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits retroactively "is simply unworkable" after a state officials group warned of implementation problems. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said in a letter that some states may find the plan's […]

State officials: Senate jobless bill is flawed

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says Senate legislation to renew benefits for the long-term unemployed is unworkable, and his aides are circulating a letter from state officials detailing difficulties they would encounter in administering the measure. View full post on Congress News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Massachusetts crime lab tech who faked drug tests was sole ‘bad actor’: state

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – A former Massachusetts state crime-lab chemist who admitted to faking drug test results was the sole "bad actor" at the facility, but lax management allowed her to carry on for nine years, an official review released on Tuesday concluded. In a case that shook the foundations of the state's […]