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Gymnasts Testify; Lawmakers Won’t Name Abuse Bill Lobbyists

About the photo: Former gymnasts, from left, Tasha Schwikert, Amy Baumann, and Jordan Schwikert listen Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during a news conference after they game testimony during a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse …

Program to Flag Uninsured Vehicles Misses Mark 5% of the Time

OKLAHOMA CITY — Nearly 5 percent of vehicles flagged as uninsured in Oklahoma were identified by error, according to a prosecutor who leads a new program that includes automatic license plate readers. The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council sent warning letters …

Virginia Lawmakers, Victims Want Distracted Driving Bill Expansions

Teary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony. Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died in …

S.C. Bill Banning Handheld Cellphones While Driving Advances

A bill banning drivers in South Carolina from holding cellphones in their hands passed its first hurdle. The proposal would fine drivers $200 for using a cellphone or other electronic device in their hands. Drivers could talk on the phone …

South Carolina Lawmakers Try Again With New Medical Marijuana Bill

South Carolina lawmakers are once again introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients in the state, making another go at a debate that has gradually made progress in this deeply red state in recent years. Sen. …

R.I. Legislator Wants to Give Child Sex Abuse Victims 35 Years to File Suit

A state lawmaker will try to extend the time limit for filing child sex abuse lawsuits in Rhode Island, with support from the House speaker. Democratic Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee said Wednesday that she’ll introduce a bill next week to …

Nebraska Considers Iowa’s Stricter Texting While Driving Ban

A year after Iowa began cracking down on texting while driving, advocates and lawmakers in Nebraska hope to implement a similar policy. Nebraska and Iowa both banned texting while driving in 2010 but classified the infraction as a “secondary offense,” …

Virginia Fire Chiefs Sound Alarm on Mulch Legislation

Virginia fire chiefs are speaking out against proposed state legislation to loosen rules on how near to a building that mulch can be placed. WTOP-FM reports that the bills would prevent local governments from enacting rules on the distance between …

Florida Considers Texting Ban to Counter Road Deaths

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. Both weave. They speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too …

New York Bill Aims for Stricter Penalties if Pets Injured in Crimes

MARY ESCH When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other …