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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Latest: Trump orders flags at half-staff for Ginsburg

Sep. 19, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (all times local): 1:15 a.m. Saturday President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation directing that flags at the White House and all public buildings and grounds and military facilities be flown at half-staff until the...

New Mexico's utility regulation committee ousts chairwoman

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's utility regulation committee ousted its Navajo chairwoman for what she claims is retribution for pushing for more broadband access in rural communities. The state's Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to replace Chairwoman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar with...

Wyoming lawmakers eye end to tax break for new wind projects

Sep. 16, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are discussing whether to end a tax break on new wind energy projects. The Legislature's Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee plans to take up the proposal again in November after voting 6-5 Friday to draft a bill that would eliminate a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 16, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Sept. 16 The Sun Sentinel on allowing ex-felons to vote: The truism that elections have consequences has been proved yet again to dreadful effect in a federal appeals court decision denying the right to vote to some 775,000 Floridians who have paid all their debts...

EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Sep. 14, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

Federal regulators on Monday handed a victory to corn farmers and the renewable fuels industry by refusing to allow a group of petroleum refiners in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make. Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied President Donald Trump to...

FILE - This photo from Friday July 31, 2020, shows toll signage as motorists travel along the New Jersey Turnpike in Carneys Point, N.J. The first part of a one-two punch for New Jersey drivers takes effect Sunday with hikes on the state's two major toll roads. The state turnpike authority approved the increases in May over objections of residents who criticized the timing during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Double whammy for New Jersey drivers begins with toll hikes

Sep. 13, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first part of a one-two punch for New Jersey drivers takes effect Sunday with hikes on the state’s two major toll roads. The state approved the increases in May over objections of residents who criticized the timing during the coronavirus pandemic. Tolls will rise 36% on...

Iowa says unknown substance released into Mosquito Creek

Sep. 11, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerica Energy contacted Iowa environmental regulators Thursday to alert them of a sheen noticed on Mosquito Creek that appeared to be coming from a storm water drain at the Walter Scott Plant. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Friday that booms...

In this July 11, 2014 photo windmills stand in Atlantic City, N.J. that help power a water treatment plant. Windmills similar to those would be installed off the coast of Atlantic City as part of a project that New Jersey's state Senate President Steve Sweeney wants regulators to reconsider. On Sept. 9, 2020, Sweeney asked them to consider replacing the Danish company chosen for the offshore windmill project, claiming it hasn't provided enough economic benefits for the state or local communities. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

New Jersey regulators take new look at wind, gas projects

Sep. 10, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Regulators are taking a second look at large-scale energy projects proposed for both sides of New Jersey’s shoreline that involve wind energy and liquefied natural gas. State Senate President Steve Sweeney and two other legislators want the Board of Public Utilities to...

Portland mayor bans cops from using tear gas during protests

Sep. 10, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland on Thursday ordered police in Oregon's largest city to stop using tear gas for crowd control during the frequently violent protests that have racked the city for more than three months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Mayor Ted Wheeler, a...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

House committee holds hearing on repeal of bailout law

Sep. 10, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The alleged corruption that led to passage of a nuclear plant bailout law and questions about whether the bailout was financially necessary demand the law's immediate repeal and replacement, Democratic and Republican lawmakers testified Thursday. Supporters of the energy policy...