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17-year-old puts in bid to run for a Tennessee City Council

Jun. 24, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school student bothered by a property tax increase has announced his intention to run for city council. The Daily News Journal reports 17-year-old Zach Ouellette will run for a spot on the Murfreesboro City Council in 2020 because members aren't listening to...

Kansas City, Missouri, voters elect Lucas as new mayor

Jun. 19, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial results that...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...

German court says Catholic Church can keep billions secret

Jun. 13, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in the western city of Cologne has ruled that Germany's richest Catholic archdiocese doesn't have to reveal what it does with the billions it receives from taxpayers each year. The investigative journalism group Correctiv had sued for the information, arguing that the Archdiocese of...

Treasury limits state and local tax cap workarounds

Jun. 11, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

The Treasury Department issued final rules Tuesday that would clamp down on taxpayers trying to circumvent a new cap on state and local tax deductions. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, promoted by the Trump administration and passed in late 2017, limits the amount of state and local taxes that can be deducted on an...

Get tough: Pot industry wants LA crackdown on rogue shops

Jun. 10, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The legal marijuana industry urged Los Angeles City Hall on Monday to get tougher with illegal shops that are gouging their businesses in open sight. Illegal pot shops are widespread throughout Los Angeles and typically look like the real thing. And they're thriving — they sell...

Texas lawmakers OK school finance bill, property tax reform

May. 25, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature approved a sweeping bipartisan school finance bill that brings an extra $4.5 billion into Texas classrooms and pours $1.6 billion toward teacher raises_marking lawmakers' latest attempt to overhaul how the state pays for its troubled public school system....

Philadelphia mayor easily fends off 2 challengers in primary

May. 21, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrat Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job as mayor of the nation's sixth largest city after fending off two challengers in Tuesday's primary who criticized his signature achievement: a soda tax to help provide free preschool classes. The victory all but assures Kenney will stay on...

The Latest: Philadelphia mayor fends off 2 in primary

May. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic primary for Philadelphia mayor (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job after fending off two challengers in the city's Democratic primary. Tuesday night's victory all but assures Kenney will stay on as...

Philly soda tax study sees sales dip, health impact unclear

May. 14, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in neighboring towns. The...