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New Mexico insurance regulator Franchini to step down

Nov. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top insurance regulator is stepping down. The Albuquerque Journal reports that state Superintendent John Franchini has withdrawn his application to serve another four-year term and instead plans to retire. A state nominating committee has already begun screening...

Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books

Nov. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EST

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the AR-15 used in...

Senator: Banking laws must protect hemp, cannabis businesses

Nov. 16, 2019 1:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s independent senator says it’s time for the federal government to update banking laws to reflect the rise of legal hemp and cannabis businesses. Sen. Angus King represents a state where legal adult use marijuana sales are likely to begin in early 2020. He says...

Alabama Power fees on solar challenged

Nov. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Jim Bankston installed solar panels on his Tuscaloosa home, he estimated it would trim his electricity bill, and the savings would eventually offset the cost of the hefty investment. After it was running, he noticed fees on his Alabama Power bill that he didn’t...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Arroyo’s replacement chosen with his organization’s support

Nov. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Democrats have chosen a utility company executive to fill the legislative seat vacated by former Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES' uh-ROY'-yoh) after he was charged with bribery. But the Chicago Tribune reports that Eva-Dina Delgado was tabbed Friday night with votes from...

Hospitals launch campaign to overcome affiliation rejection

Nov. 16, 2019 10:55 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two seacoast-area New Hampshire hospitals that want to affiliate with Massachusetts General Hospital are launching a public-relations campaign aimed at overcoming the objections of state regulators. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and Exeter Health Resources, which includes Exeter...

Capitol Watch: Commissions make law behind closed doors

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers can expect more fireworks as political appointees finish writing laws for a $100 million system to let political candidates run with public funds. Critics argue the nine-member Public Campaign Financing Commission is the latest example of lawmakers and the governor failing...

Utah extends fire restrictions in 11 counties by a month

Nov. 16, 2019 12:21 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Seasonal fire restrictions are being extended in 11 Utah counties by a month due to what officials say are dry conditions and continued problems with controlling wildfires. The state Department of Natural Resources says State Forester Brian Cottam has signed proclamations to ban...

Diplomat says he overheard Trump call about ‘investigations’

Nov. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official told impeachment investigators Friday that he overheard President Donald Trump talking with a U.S. ambassador about “investigations” in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the testimony. David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S....