Illinois governor merges pension funds in cost-cutting move

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday consolidated pension programs for most of the state's police officers and firefighters outside the Chicago area, a move he said would expand the funds by up to $2.5 billion over five years while cutting administrative costs for local governments.

Louisiana sues California over alligator ban

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state’s wetlands.