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Emotion run high in Minnesota debate on legalizing marijuana

Jan. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Emotions ran high as debate kicked off at the state Capitol on Wednesday on whether Minnesota should legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana supporters heckled opponents of legalization during a news conference that ended in a shouting match. "The current science does not support...

Gov. Cuomo: NY must go 100 percent clean energy by 2040

Jan. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the most aggressive clean energy goal of any state under a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. The Democrat says the state can wean itself off of fossil fuels by relying on wind, solar, hydroelectric and nuclear power....

Now a 2020 candidate, Gillibrand builds campaign on gender

Jan. 16, 2019 2:05 PM EST

TROY, New York (AP) — A day after she jumped into the presidential race from a glimmering Manhattan television studio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand returned Wednesday to her upstate New York hometown to preview a campaign that is expected to put gender front and center. Speaking outside a Troy diner she said is...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Cuomo unveils plan to make NY 11th state to legalize pot

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure would permit personal use as well as retail sales of the drug. Marijuana taxes would raise an estimated $300 million a year,...

NY to ban gender identity discrimination, anti-gay therapy

Jan. 15, 2019 5:26 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state voted Tuesday to ban gay conversion therapy and add gender identity and expression to the state's anti-discrimination laws. The first bill would prohibit licensed therapists from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation. Fourteen states have already...

Some details of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state budget proposal

Jan. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A look at some of the details from the $175 billion New York state budget proposal released by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday: ___ MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION Permit personal use by adults 21 and older and license retail pot shops. Give counties and large cities the power to...

The Latest: Cuomo: Ban plastic bags, expand bottle bill

Jan. 15, 2019 3:08 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state budget proposal (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to ban the use of single-use plastic bags at stores across New York and add a 5-cent deposit to most non-alcoholic beverages not already included in the state's bottle bill. The...

Chunk of Tappan Zee Bridge is demolished with explosives

Jan. 15, 2019 12:36 PM EST

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A big chunk of the Tappan Zee Bridge went down in history — and the Hudson — on Tuesday after a detonation that thrilled onlookers who played hooky from work and school to watch the spectacle. Despite a few delays, the crowds had cameras at the ready when a boom shook...

New York Legislature approves early voting

Jan. 14, 2019 9:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state may soon join most other states in allowing its citizens to cast a ballot before Election Day in a bid to improve its low voter turnout rates. The state Senate and Assembly both approved legislation Monday that would require counties to allow in-person voting up to 10...