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Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to...

Proposal allowing ATVs on Alaska roads draws safety concerns

Apr. 11, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration to allow off-road vehicles on Alaska roads has raised safety concerns and enforcement questions. Currently, state law only allows people to drive off-road vehicles across roads and not on...

Hawaii Tourism Authority bill advances to full Senate

Apr. 11, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is managed in Hawaii with amendments that some argue limit the duties and resources of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The bill was...

Montana faith groups, advocates show LGBTQ support

Apr. 11, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Shortly after the deadly 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Courtney VonLindern, who is gay and non-binary, was walking through downtown Missoula in a state of dejection when they spotted a pride flag displayed in the window of the United...

Indiana lawmakers planning on return for redistricting votes

Apr. 11, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers won’t be done for the year when their regular legislative session ends later this month. Legislative leaders are laying the groundwork for a return by all 150 lawmakers to Indianapolis months from now to approve new congressional...

Inside a group’s push to remove a statue to an enslaver

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The closure of O’Donnell Square Park in Canton without warning Monday evening set off an immediate flurry of emails, texts and phone calls among one group of neighbors in particular. The 50 members of the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance dared to wonder:...

Time ticks on Florida bills on protestors, budget, voting

Apr. 11, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have little time to waste as they debate and finalize legislative proposals, big and small, in the waning days of the legislative session — including a state budget, a nationally watched elections bill and a so-called “anti-riot” bill that is...

West Virginia lawmakers approve needle exchange regulations

Apr. 10, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that would regulate needle exchange programs gained final approval in the Republican-controlled legislature on Saturday amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. Critics have said its more stringent requirements for the...

WVa lawmakers pass $4.5 billion budget with cuts to colleges

Apr. 10, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers approved a $4.5 billion budget on Saturday that leaves the state's two top universities with a combined $28 million cut, unless future surpluses can kick in to cover it. The 23-11 vote in the Senate came on the final day...

Maryland lawmakers override vetoes on sweeping police reform

Apr. 10, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers voted Saturday to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes of three far-reaching police reform measures that supporters say are needed to increase accountability and restore public trust. One of the measures repeals job...