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Minnesota recreational pot push focuses on economic benefits

Jul. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A recently formed political committee will try to make the economic case for legalizing recreational marijuana in Minnesota. Cannabis for Economic Growth was registered with the state Campaign Finance Board in April. Corey Day, who until January was the executive director of the state...

Kentucky lawmakers convene for session on pensions

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in seven months, Kentucky's Republican governor called lawmakers back into a special session Friday to deal with the state's pension problems. The GOP-dominated legislature convened to consider Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

Guatemala's highest court blocks proposed amnesty law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court has ruled against a legislative proposal to grant amnesty for human rights abuses during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. The bill had failed to gain final approval in Congress, but was not completely dead. The Constitutional Court voted Friday to grant a...

Maine grappling with closure of nursing homes

Jul. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than a dozen nursing homes have shuttered in Maine in past five years, and leaders representing them in the aging state plan to meet next week with the administration of Gov. Janet Mills to push for $1 million in held-up funding. Maine currently has 94 nursing homes, down from...

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Jul. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran,...

Lebanon lawmakers ratify austerity budget to address a slump

Jul. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers ratified Friday a controversial austerity budget that aims to save an indebted economy following a raucous voting day that saw protesters attempting to breach the parliament security zone. The austerity budget, which increased income and import taxes and suspended early...

Regulations to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy get early nod

Jul. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah psychologists would be prohibited from practicing so-called conversion therapy on LGBTQ kids under proposed state regulations that got an early nod of approval from a state licensing board on Thursday. The vote came after Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called on state...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT No disguising ugliness of Trump comments Connecticut Post July 17 Even at this late date, four years after he launched his presidential campaign in a spasm of xenophobia, there's a desire on the part of many Americans to believe that racism from the president of...

Ohio governor backs $1B rescue for state's 2 nuclear plants

Jul. 19, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor hopes state lawmakers can agree on a bill that would hand over roughly $1 billion to the state's two nuclear plants. Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that he'll sign the proposal if lawmakers can get it passed. The financial rescue for the nuclear plants cleared the Ohio...

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Jul. 18, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The announcement came after Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both...