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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will be in Iowa talking over faith and freedom. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential hopefuls skip White House Correspondents Dinner, opt for faith in Iowa

- The Washington Times

Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will not be among the 3,000-ish guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the nation’s capital. They have a different calling on Saturday. Though politically attuned to every opportunity, this group will be in Waukee, Iowa, at the Point of Grace church — talking up the big topics at the 15th annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “kick-off” voter outreach.

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GOP takes on government, campaign finance rules in budget

- Associated Press

House Republicans hammered in their boldest budget stake by capping the number of state employees and snipping away at the governor's executive authority - just two in a handful of budgetary provisions that rankle Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats who control the Senate.

Lawyers' group says censured judge being honored for career

Associated Press

A group of Montana lawyers says it is giving a lifetime achievement award to a state judge for his many years of service, despite the judge being censured last year for comments about a 14-year-old girl raped by her teacher.

FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch speaks during a news conference n Clayton, Mo. Attorneys for several civil rights groups will ask a St. Louis judge Friday, April 24, 2015 to appoint a special prosecutor to probe what they claim was prosecutorial misconduct by McCulloch during grand jury proceedings involving the Ferguson shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Activists seek probe of prosecutor's role in Ferguson case

- Associated Press

A Missouri judge gave strong indications Friday that he might toss a lawsuit by four activists seeking an independent investigation of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam speaks about the conclusion of the legislative session at a news conference at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Haslam signs bill to allow guns in all Tennessee parks

- Associated Press

Local governments in Tennessee can no longer bar people with handgun carry permits from bringing firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields under legislation signed Friday by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Correction: Texas Prison-Riot Report story

- Associated Press

In a story April 23 about a federal review of a West Texas prison, The Associated Press reported erroneously that The Geo Group, a company paid to run the Reeves County Detention Center, subcontracted out the prison's health services to another company. The company that runs the prison's health services was hired by the county, not The Geo Group.

Shumlin says he'll sign gun-restrictions bill

Associated Press

A spokesman for Gov. Peter Shumlin says the governor is likely to sign a bill he once opposed - a measure placing new restrictions on firearms ownership in Vermont.

Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion

- Associated Press

The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.

Insurance department explores health care payment reform

- Associated Press

Health care spending is high and rising in New Hampshire, and the state should consider holding both providers and insurers accountable for improving quality and containing costs, consultants hired by the insurance department said Friday.

Clarification: Backyard Gun Ranges story

- Associated Press

In a story April 23 about lawmakers considering a ban on most backyard gun ranges, The Associated Press reported that such ranges would be banned in residential areas with a density of one home per acre or more. The ban would apply in residential areas with a density of one home or more per acre.