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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...

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...

Tennessee to try anti-harassment bill again next year

Mar. 19, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel says more work is needed before the GOP-dominant statehouse can pass legislation strengthening anti-harassment protections for independent contractors. The issue has hit home in Nashville's country music industry as women have spoken out against the sexual...

Governor 'glad' to meet with woman who accused lawmaker

Mar. 19, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that it took "a lot of courage" for a woman to meet with him last week about her accusations of sexual misconduct against a state lawmaker. The Republican told reporters that he was glad to meet Christi Rice and hear her story, but declined to...

Lawmakers want NFL's Panthers to practice in South Carolina

Mar. 19, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are taking steps to lure the Carolina Panthers to move their practice facility and operations across the North Carolina state line by introducing legislation that would provide tax credits and incentives to professional sports teams. Members of the House...

Maine House OKs switch to Indigenous Peoples Day

Mar. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to trade the Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans has received initial approval in the Maine House. The House voted 88-51 Tuesday in support of the bill, which faces further votes. Democratic Rep. Benjamin Collings of Portland sponsored the bill renaming...

North Dakota Legislature repeals Sunday morning shopping ban

Mar. 19, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday repealed the nation's toughest Sunday business restrictions — rules that are rooted in religious tradition and that have been in place since statehood. Senators voted 25-21 on the House bill repealing the ban on Sunday...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. Advocates said the language goes too far, in part by requiring civil...