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Capitol Watch: Politics decide when bills get to Cuomo desk

- Associated Press

A huge pile of legislation passed this year by newly empowered New York Democrats is still awaiting the governor's signature, and advocacy groups and lawmakers are clamoring to get their bills turned into law.

A student pours milk on his cereal  as Mayor Lori Lightfoot passes out breakfast to Chicago Public Schools students at a contingency site, Gads Hill Center Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Striking Chicago teachers have returned to the picket lines for a second day as union and city bargainers try to hammer out a contract in the nation's third-largest school district.  (Ashlee Rezin Garcia /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for others

- Associated Press

Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids.

Andy Sansom walks on his property near the site of a proposed new natural gas pipeline would pass through his ranch in the Texas Hill Country near Stonewall, Texas Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. A proposed pipeline is a 430-mile, $2 billion natural gas expressway that pipeline giant Kinder Morgan has mapped from the booming West Texas oil patch to Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Unlikely alliance fighting pipeline in Texas Hill Country

- Associated Press

One of the longest proposed new natural gas pipelines in the U.S. is set to run through Heath Frantzen's property in the Texas Hill Country, where more than 600 white-tailed and trophy axis deer graze on a hunting ranch his family has owned for three generations.

Chicago lawmakers push stricter legislation for farm animals

Associated Press

Urban farming has become more common in Chicago neighborhoods, and now lawmakers have begun pushing for stricter legislation that could regulate the number of animals for each household and impose more requirements.

Romanian national sentenced in skimming scheme

Associated Press

A 31-year-old Romanian national has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison without parole for her role in a skimming operation at several southwest Missouri banks.