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Oregon high court declines appeal in $1 billion timber suit

Sep. 17, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from 13 counties in a long-running $1 billion lawsuit over timber revenue and what constitutes “the greatest permanent value” when it comes to forest management. The denial ends a six-year legal...

A decade on, California city's bankruptcy case closed

Sep. 13, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has closed out the bankruptcy case filed by a Southern California city that grappled with a dire cash shortage a decade ago, officials said Monday. The city of San Bernardino said in a statement that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Scott Clarkson...

Alabama sheriffs feel loss of pistol permit revenues

Sep. 10, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Sheriffs across Alabama have been experiencing revenue shortfalls as early as January of this year, leading up to Gov. Kay Ivey signing into law a bill that will no longer require handgun owners to have a permit for their firearms beginning Jan. 1. The pistol...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 06, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. September 5, 2022. Editorial: Illinois farmers do their part to relieve food insecurity. They need more help. These are the best of times for Illinois’ corn and soybean farmers, as anyone driving along downstate highways can plainly see. With just...

Kentucky lawmakers tee up flood-relief package for votes

Aug. 25, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers on Thursday teed up a sweeping state aid package for a flurry of climactic votes in a special legislative session convened to assist flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky. The nearly $213 million measure will be heard in committee Friday morning, setting...

Texas county accused of violating state defunding police law

Aug. 23, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas officials have accused the state’s most populous county of defunding some of its law enforcement agencies in violation of a new law that prevents such funding cuts. In a letter sent on Monday, Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar alleged leaders in Harris County,...

Idaho cities decline federal coronavirus relief money

Aug. 09, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sixteen Idaho cities have rejected a combined $700,000 in federal coronavirus rescue money, and one city that accepted $550,000 might have to return it if it doesn't approve spending it. It’s a small part of the $5.74 billion Idaho received in the $1.9...

Michigan library's future uncertain over LGBTQ material flap

Aug. 04, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan library faced an uncertain future Thursday after a flap over LGBTQ material on its shelves led to the failure of the renewal of a property tax millage that funds most of its budget. The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township outside...

Cities coping with rising cost of fueling municipal vehicles

Jul. 13, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Local governments in Minnesota are trying to find creative solutions to managing the cost of fueling their fleets of vehicles as gas prices remain high. With gas prices recently near $5 a gallon in the Twin Cities, municipal leaders are looking for ways keep...

Minneapolis police budget expands post-Floyd death

Jul. 03, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department’s budget has expanded despite calls to reduce funding for law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune reported Saturday that the department currently has a $196 million budget, up about $3 million...