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Colorado faces meager budget in fight against ski traffic

Feb. 23, 2019 1:33 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — "Friends don't let friends drive I-70." The tongue-in-cheek mantra is often uttered by Colorado skiers and snowboarders who frequent resorts far from the crowded mountain corridor, which funnels thousands of vehicles onto two lanes west of Denver every winter weekend. "It's nightmarish. Hours...

State lawmakers place their bets on sports gambling

Feb. 21, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Kentucky's public employee pension system, $39 billion in the red, is among the worst-funded retirement plans in the country and has vexed lawmakers for years as they sought a solution. Now some lawmakers think they've found at least a partial fix: sports gambling. Several bills introduced this year would...

Florida governor wants to import drugs from Canada

Feb. 20, 2019 6:50 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he wants to create an importation program that brings Canadian prescription drugs to the Sunshine State. It is illegal to...

Wisconsin governor vetoes tax plan; early showdown with GOP

Feb. 20, 2019 5:34 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat's powers just weeks before he took office. Republicans rushed to pass the bill, the first they introduced this year, before Evers...

The Latest: Republicans decry Wisconsin governor's veto

Feb. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin GOP tax cut bill (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Wisconsin Republicans say Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' veto of an income tax bill shows that he's not interested in working with GOP lawmakers who control the Legislature. Evers vetoed the bill Wednesday. It was...

Pritzker's $39B budget relies on taxing marijuana, betting

Feb. 20, 2019 4:29 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a budget Wednesday that relies partly on tax revenues from two industries that currently aren't even legal in the state, which is saddled with billions of dollars in pension obligations and other debts. Pritzker's $39 billion proposal...

South Africa to loan $5 billion to ailing state power firm

Feb. 20, 2019 8:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's minister of finance says that the government will loan the troubled state power company, Eskom, 69 billion rand ($4.9 billion) to help it service its debts. Delivering the 2019 budget to parliament, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the loan would help Eskom provide a...

Budget carrier FlyDubai ends 2018 with $43.5M loss

Feb. 20, 2019 4:41 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's government-owned budget carrier FlyDubai said Wednesday its revenues increased to $1.7 billion in 2018, though the airline ended the year with a loss of $43.5 million. The airline that flies out of both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central's Al...

NY Gov. Cuomo wants all back-seat passengers to buckle up

Feb. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state's seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a restraint when...

Latest: California sues Trump over emergency declaration

Feb. 19, 2019 4:45 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration (all times local): 5:15 p.m. California's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra released a...