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US official declares drought plan done for Colorado River

Mar. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Seven states that rely on a major waterway in the U.S. West have finished a yearslong effort to create a plan to protect the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought, the federal government declared Tuesday. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman commended Arizona,...

San Francisco floats ban on e-cigarettes pending US review

Mar. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids, with an official on Tuesday proposed what's believed to be the first U.S. ban on their sale until the federal government regulates vaping products. City Attorney Dennis Herrera...

Kentucky gov signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit

Mar. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor on Tuesday signed into law an anti-abortion measure already entangled in a federal lawsuit, instructing his lawyers to fight the legal challenge against the new restrictions on the procedure. Days before Gov. Matt Bevin put his signature on the...

NH House backs waiting periods, background checks on guns

Mar. 19, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House approved several bills Tuesday aimed at tightening the rules on gun purchases in the state, a dramatic shift in a state known to have some of the least restrictive laws in the country. Supporters in the Democratically-controlled body voted 199-147 in favor of a...

Tenant protection bills advance in Washington Legislature

Mar. 19, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

OLMYPIA, Wash. (AP) — New tenant protections — including a proposal to give judges broader discretion to block evictions if a tenant makes a good faith effort to pay — are advancing in the state Legislature. Along with increased discretion for judges, the broadest of the proposals would...

Updates to Idaho mining law heads to governor

Mar. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation rewriting portions of Idaho's mining law is headed to Gov. Brad Little. The Senate on Tuesday voted 29-3 to approve the legislation backed by the Idaho Mining Association that updates the state's nearly 50-year-old mining law. Backers say the update is needed to protect the...

Gambling bills get initial OK; more discussion expected

Mar. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers advanced several bills Tuesday that touch on nearly every aspect of gambling in Connecticut, including adding more casinos and legalized sports wagering. But members of the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee noted how many details of the proposals, some...

Mississippi Senate OKs ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

Mar. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant promises he will sign the bill , which will give Mississippi one of the nation's most...

Opponents gear up for battle over tolls ahead of vote

Mar. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Opponents of tolls on Connecticut highways are making their opinions known before lawmakers cast their first vote on the issue. The politically conservative Yankee Institute for Public Policy set up a large inflatable "Toll Troll" on Tuesday on the front lawn of the state Capitol,...

Permanent offshore oil drilling ban OK'd by Oregon lawmakers

Mar. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction. The House voted 47-8 to prohibit drilling and exploration in...