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Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

Jun. 18, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's road to legalizing simple possession of marijuana has had some twists and turns, so it's not surprising that advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what will be allowed under state law as of July 1. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 14, 2021. Editorial: First in the nation Congratulations, Vermont. We did it. We moved the needle back to “normal.” First in the nation to do so. Four hundred fifty nine days since the state of emergency...

Colorado closes youth center after licensing complaints

Jun. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — State officials have closed a residential treatment center in Watkins for troubled children after repeated complaints of licensing violations that include runaways, drugs being smuggled into the facility, lax supervision and repeated use of restraints. The...

Juneteenth becomes official state holiday in WA in 2022

Jun. 18, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden this week signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery – a move lawmakers made for Washington state earlier this year. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month signed a measure making Juneteenth...

Mexican elderly lose work as grocery baggers, protest

Jun. 18, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and changing consumer habits threaten to put an end to a decades-old practice of allowing elderly people in Mexico to earn extra income as grocery store baggers. Baggers over 60 had expected to return to stores last month as...

Lawmakers mark Juneteenth with talk of ‘abolition amendment’

Jun. 18, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring when the last enslaved Black people learned they were free, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for convicted felons — to thrive. ...

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights

Jun. 18, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns. The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota's program can't own guns as...

Lawmakers unveil $13.1B state budget proposal

Jun. 18, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a $13.1 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that boosts spending on social services and education. The House Finance Committee proposal unveiled Thursday night is almost $2 billion bigger than...

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

Jun. 18, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — War, violence, persecution, human rights violations and other factors caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report Friday. In its...

Ethiopia finally set to vote as PM vows 1st fair election

Jun. 18, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopians will vote Monday in a landmark election overshadowed by reports of famine in the country’s war-hit Tigray region and beset by logistical problems that mean some people won’t be able to vote until September. The election is the...