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Flags line the beach in Belmar, N.J., on June 28, 2020. With large crowds expected at the Jersey Shore for the July Fourth weekend, some are worried that a failure to heed mask-wearing and social distancing protocols could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Jersey Shore at a glance as July Fourth comes amid pandemic

Jul. 3, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

Here's a quick look at what's open and which coronavirus-related restrictions remain in place at the Jersey Shore as the July Fourth weekend arrives: BEACHES: Open, with reduced occupancy limits and, social distancing rules remain in place. Masks are recommended while waiting in line but not required while on the...

Neb. state Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, center, who co-chaired the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign committee, speaks in front of the State Capitol in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, July 2, 2020. Organizers of the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign said they've gathered 182,000 signatures from all 93 counties to allow the drug for medicinal use. To qualify for the ballot, the campaign needed to turn in more than 121,000 valid signatures, representing more than 10% of the voters in the state. Campaign officials also needed to collect signatures from at least 5% of voters in at least 38 Nebraska counties.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Medical marijuana, gambling likely headed to Nebraska ballot

Jul. 2, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters will likely get to weigh in on measures to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling after advocates for both causes announced Thursday that they have enough signatures to put them on the November ballot. Organizers of the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign...

Craps players and dealers are seperated by partitions at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday, July 2, 2020. Eager to hit the slot machines and table games after a 108-day absence, gamblers wore face masks and did without smoking and drinking Thursday as Atlantic City's casinos reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and outside the casino walls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Atlantic City casinos reopen in a changed pandemic world

Jul. 2, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eager to hit the slot machines and table games after a 108-day absence, gamblers wore face masks and did without smoking and drinking Thursday as Atlantic City's casinos reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and outside the casino...

Pandemic forces shuffling of New Mexico horse racing meet

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With the New Mexico State Fair being called off, the horse races that usually coincide with the annual event are being cancelled too. State regulators during a special meeting Wednesday approved a motion to nix the state fair race meet. They also approved changes to the race dates...

Nevada sets tentative date for special session July 8

Jul. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A special session of the state Legislature has been tentatively scheduled for July 8, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday. State lawmakers will return to address budget issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent business closures. The state funds a large...

Melonie Johnson, the new president of the Borgata casino poses outside the casino Monday, June 29, 2020, in Atlantic City N.J.  Johnson is making history as the first Black woman to hold the title of president of an Atlantic City casino, and she’s one of only a small handful of women with such a job nationwide.  (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Borgata president one of few Black women to run a US casino

Jul. 1, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Melonie Johnson is making history as the first Black woman to hold the title of president of an Atlantic City casino, and she's one of only a small handful of women with such a job nationwide. But right now, she's dealing with a different sort of history-making challenge:...

Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, standing, speaks with Sen. Louie Bernard, R-Natchitoches, on the Senate floor in the final hours of Louisiana's special legislative session, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers pass tax breaks as virus recovery effort

Jun. 30, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In their special session that ended Tuesday, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to expand and extend business tax credits, exemptions and incentive programs, bills that were pitched as a coronavirus recovery tactic and are estimated to siphon millions from the treasury each year. ...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, people play blackjack at the reopening of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada casinos were closed throughout May due to the coronavirus pandemic, and monthly economic figures posted Tuesday, June 30 showed a predictable result. The state Gaming Control Board reported gambling establishments statewide reported a 99.4% decrease in house winnings compared with the same month a year ago. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada casino, tourism, airport data reflect May closures

Jun. 30, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casinos that were closed through May due to the coronavirus pandemic yielded nearly no tax revenue for Nevada, state regulators reported Tuesday. In one of a series of economic reports showing tourism fell dramatically after businesses were shuttered in mid-March, the state Gaming Control...

Providence to provide $1M in rental assistance, legal aid

Jun. 30, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence on Tuesday announced $1 million in rental assistance and legal aid for families struggling to pay their rent amid the coronavirus pandemic that has caused massive job losses. “Even before COVID, we knew people were having trouble living here in the...

In this June 24, 2020 photo, Dean Loveland, a worker at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City N.J., installs plexiglass barriers between player positions at a card table at the casino a week before it was to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak. Smoking, drinking and eating will all be prohibited when Atlantic City's casinos reopen after being shut for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak under rules imposed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

No smoking, drinking or eating as Atlantic City casinos open

Jun. 30, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. It worked so well that Nucky Johnson, the legendary politician and racketeer, built a Boardwalk empire immortalized on HBO nearly a century later. It also tried banning smoking, too. That lasted for 20 days as smokers stayed away,...