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Bill would pre-empt local say over offshore wind projects

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a law that would fast-track offshore wind energy projects by removing the ability of local governments to control power lines and other onshore components. The bill, introduced last week and advanced on...

Michigan Legislature passes $6.6 B in federal virus aid

Jun. 15, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate nearly $4.4 billion in federal COVID-19 aid to K-12 schools after Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration reached an agreement. The supplemental budget...

Police: 4 dead, 4 hurt in shooting on Chicago's South Side

Jun. 15, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An argument in a house on Chicago's South Side erupted into gunfire early Tuesday, leaving four people dead and four more injured, police said. The shooting happened at about 5:45 a.m. in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. No one has been arrested...

New Missouri law limits length of public health restrictions

Jun. 15, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson enacted a new law Tuesday limiting the duration of local public health restrictions and barring governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to use public facilities and transportation. The law took...

Refugee resettlement nonprofit plans new programs in Vermont

Jun. 15, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A refugee resettlement nonprofit has plans to start a new program in Vermont to relocate refugees in smaller, more rural communities across the United States. The Ethiopian Development Community Council, a nonprofit agency that partners with the...

South Sioux City Council OKs settlement over biogas plant

Jun. 15, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — The South Sioux City Council has approved payment of $500,000 to settle its part in 16 lawsuits filed against the city and a now-defunct biogas plant by homeowners who accused the plant of sending rancid fumes through the city sewer system and ruining their...

19-year-old kneed by officer says he prayed for protection

Jun. 15, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A Black 19-year-old said he prayed for protection as he was repeatedly kneed by a police officer on a Maryland beach town's boardwalk during a videotaped confrontation that began over vaping. “I just asked God to give me the strength and to...

Judge dismisses murder charges against Simone Biles’ brother

Jun. 15, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Ohio has dismissed murder charges filed against the brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, ruling Tuesday that prosecutors did not present evidence to sustain a conviction in a 2018 New Year’s Eve party shooting in Cleveland that left three men...

Bill to let Philly voters recall elected officials gets vote

Jun. 15, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphians would be able to hold an election to remove elected officials under a bill the House State Government Committee advanced Tuesday on party lines. Until the meeting, the Republican-sponsored bill had applied to the state's governor,...

Child sex abuser sentenced to a total of more than 600 years

Jun. 15, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

A child sex abuser from southwest Missouri was sentenced to more than 600 years in prison for 10 felony convictions. The jury that convicted Daniel Franklin, 62, of rural Joplin, in April recommended that he be sentenced to six terms of 99 years, three of 30 years and one...