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NJ hits 4.7M adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Jun. 18, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey on Friday hit Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's goal of vaccinating 4.7 million people. Murphy announced what he cast as a milestone at University Hospital in Newark, where the state's first COVID-19 vaccine was administered about six months...

Montana considers wolf hunting rules amid population decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission governing wolf hunting in Montana is considering new wolf management rules that would make it easier to hunt wolves in the state after the Legislature passed several laws earlier this year to encourage additional wolf hunting. The...

Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools in budget

Jun. 17, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are working to assemble a budget plan that would use billions in federal pandemic relief and surplus state tax dollars to help prop up existing programs, boost aid to public schools and inject cash into sectors hard-hit by the...

Researchers: Kauai's invasive parakeet population declines

Jun. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers have documented a decrease in Kauai's population of rose-ringed parakeets, a invasive species plaguing local farms. The island had a minimum of 7,300 of the parakeets this year, down from 10,500 last year, said Jane Anderson, assistant...

Prison that housed Connecticut death row is closes early

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has closed the maximum security prison that once housed the state's death row. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday that the Northern Correctional Institution, the state's highest security prison, was taken out of service three weeks ahead...

Rural legislators face loss of clout during redistricting

Jun. 10, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Sen. Jerry Klein’s legislative district covers a section of North Dakota that's bigger than Connecticut. Democratic state Rep. Josh Boschee says he can walk the entire length of his Fargo district in less than a half hour. While both...

Jails emptied in the pandemic. Should they stay that way?

Jun. 07, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

It wasn’t long after Matthew Reed shoplifted a $63 set of sheets from a Target in upstate New York that the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Instead of serving a jail sentence, he stayed at home, his case deferred more than a year, as courts...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 02, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. May 26, 2021. Editorial: Everyone deserves kudos after a difficult school year Most area schools celebrated graduations over the past weekend, marking the end to a strange, difficult year. The end of the...

DOJ settles with Pennsylvania city over language barrier

Jun. 01, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania police department will be required to take steps to remove language barriers faced by the city’s large Spanish-speaking population under a U.S. Justice Department settlement announced Tuesday. The Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation...

'Past the point of no return'? Iowa Dems feel hopes fading

Jun. 01, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Democrats lost last year's election for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District by the narrowest margin in a House race in almost 40 years. After the six-vote heartbreaker, some expected Democrat Rita Hart to immediately declare a rematch in the southeast district long held by...