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Hybrid and electric car owners see $75 fee in car-tab bills

Oct. 6, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they'll never use. The little-known increase is labeled "Hybrid Vehicle Transportation Electrification" on bills from the state Department of...

Inslee seeks to reduce number of wolves killed in Washington

Oct. 5, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking ways to reduce the number of wolves killed by the state. Inslee sent a letter Tuesday to the Department of Fish and Wildlife saying the statewide wolf management plan does not appear to be working in the Kettle River Range area of Ferry County,...

Bullock calls to limit fundraising of lawmakers, president

Oct. 3, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is pushing back against fundraising laws that have allowed federal officeholders seeking the presidency to transfer millions from their existing campaign accounts, leaving him and other current and former state officials scrambling to catch up. Bullock on Thursday released a plan that...

8 vaping lung illness cases reported in Oregon

Oct. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State health officials say three additional cases of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping have been reported, bringing the total to eight. The Oregon Health Authority said last week that two Oregon victims had died. That escalation prompted the state, lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown...

Washington to issue flavored vape ban, joining other states

Sep. 27, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board...

California, China to team up on climate research institute

Sep. 23, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. Brown and Xie Zhenhua, China's top climate...

'I want a future': Global youth protests urge climate action

Sep. 20, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Governors struggle under new rules in 2020 presidential race

Sep. 17, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

As his 10 top competitors were in Houston prepping for a big night on national television last week, Democratic presidential candidate and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) north in a suburban Des Moines brewpub. The governor wasn't drowning his sorrows over failing to qualify for the...

Democrats propose spending trillions fighting climate change

Sep. 4, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Democratic presidential candidates in the span of 24 hours have released sweeping plans to address climate change, ahead of a series of town halls devoted to the issue. On Wednesday, California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg each unveiled their...