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NJ Assembly set to consider bill phasing in $15 minimum wage

Jan. 24, 2019 12:11 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are set to begin considering a bill to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. The Assembly Labor Committee is set to consider the legislation Thursday. Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced a deal on...

Dunleavy picks shake up board regulating Alaska marijuana

Jan. 23, 2019 10:21 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry could be shifting right, with appointments by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy of a marijuana critic and a law enforcement officer who would like to revisit onsite use rules. Dunleavy's appointments of Vivian Stiver and Lt....

PG&E: Judge's proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

Jan. 23, 2019 8:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere with the work of federal and state regulators, the utility said Wednesday in a court filing urging the...

The Latest: Dunleavy appoints marijuana critic to pot board

Jan. 23, 2019 8:22 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska's Marijuana Control Board (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A woman involved in a failed ban on marijuana operations in Fairbanks has been appointed to the board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Vivian Stiver to the...

Idaho seeks to increase assessment for private forest owners

Jan. 23, 2019 6:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers have introduced legislation that will for the first time in 16 years raise the assessment private forest owners pay the state to make sure logging is done in a sustainable way and in compliance with Idaho laws. The House Resources and Conservation Committee on Tuesday...

Colorado town extends moratorium on new oil, gas drilling

Jan. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado town has extended its moratorium on new oil and gas drilling, expecting lawmakers to address statewide regulations this year. The Daily Camera reports the Erie Board of Trustees approved Tuesday the six-month extension, preventing a lapse in the freeze that was set to...

US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case

Jan. 23, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups raised dozens of objections Wednesday to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors...

Wyoming panel shoots down gun bill

Jan. 23, 2019 5:37 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have repealed most gun-free zones in public places. KGAB-AM reports Senate File 75 failed on a 3-2 vote Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, a bill that mirrors the Senate legislation remains alive in the...

Evers walks back directive on health care lawsuit withdrawal

Jan. 23, 2019 5:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday walked back comments he made in his first State of the State address related to withdrawing Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the federal health care law. Evers said Tuesday that he was "directing" Attorney General Josh Kaul to withdraw...

Bill passes allowing electric cooperatives to offer internet

Jan. 23, 2019 5:15 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi resident John Henson is among the people who are hoping that a measure allowing the state's electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet service will bring improvements. The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for House Bill 366 , which had earlier passed...