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Florida GOP advances Disney district, migrant flight bills

Feb. 08, 2023 18:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers advanced proposals on Wednesday to strip Disney of its self-governing status, expand a controversial migrant transportation program and strengthen prosecutions tied to the state’s election police unit. The bills, part of a hastily...

Bill raising riot penalties in North Carolina clears House

Feb. 08, 2023 14:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill increasing punishments for violent protests following the 2020 demonstrations over George Floyd's murder passed the North Carolina House on Wednesday despite harsh criticism from social justice advocates. Some bipartisan support signals a potential override of any veto...

In new role, Sanders demands answers from Starbucks' Schultz

Feb. 08, 2023 14:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders settles into his new role as chairman of the Senate committee that oversees health and labor issues, he says some corporations “should be nervous.” And the longtime liberal crusader’s first target is Howard Schultz, the interim CEO of...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 08, 2023 07:12 AM EST

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. February 4, 2023. Editorial: Walz budget is ambitious, pricey Plan for Minnesota’s future competitiveness, yes, but make it affordable. Gov. Tim Walz has described his budget as transformational, holistic and long-range. ...

New Zealand's new leader Hipkins cuts many contentious plans

Feb. 08, 2023 00:09 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins on Wednesday said he was axing or delaying many of his government's more contentious policy plans as he looked to refocus on priorities like the rising cost of living. Hipkins, who was sworn in two weeks...

Virginia Senate passes competing energy legislation

Feb. 07, 2023 17:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would adjust the way state regulators set and oversee Dominion Energy's electric rates and profitability. The bill that cleared the Senate in a 27-13 bipartisan vote differs substantially...

Disney faces losing control of its kingdom with Florida bill

Feb. 07, 2023 15:09 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney’s government in Florida has been the envy of any private business, with its unprecedented powers in deciding what to build and how to build it at the Walt Disney World Resort, issuing bonds and holding the ability to build its own nuclear plant if it wanted. ...

Renewed hotel guest rules bill clears state Senate committee

Feb. 07, 2023 14:42 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation sought by North Carolina’s lodging industry that attempts to declare when long-term hotel guests qualify for tenant protections more associated with houses or apartments cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. The measure, which would start...

Mississippi House pushes blueberry and opal as state symbols

Feb. 06, 2023 19:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House has voted to recognize two new symbols — the blueberry as the state fruit and the opal as the state gemstone. Both bills passed Monday, and they will move to the Senate for more work. Republican Rep. Jill Ford of Madison...

Arkansas House passes bill restricting 'adult' performances

Feb. 06, 2023 17:52 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Monday to restrict “adult-oriented" performances, revamping a measure that previously targeted drag shows following discrimination complaints from the LGBTQ community. The bill approved by the majority-Republican House on a 78-15...