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Alabama lawmakers weigh using virus funds to build prisons

Sep. 25, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is weighing the use of $400 million in pandemic relief funds to build new prisons, a proposal Gov. Kay Ivey and Republican legislative leaders say would save state taxpayers’ money, but that critics argue is not an intended use of dollars. ...

Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...

California orders more insurance options for wildfire areas

Sep. 24, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered the state's “insurer of last resort” to offer more comprehensive coverage for homeowners who can't buy private insurance because they live in areas threatened by wildfires. The...

Minnesota DNR launches new hearing process for PolyMet mine

Sep. 24, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Friday launched a court-ordered process for assessing the risks to clean water from waste from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources announced plans for a...

Court: Vermont pair stopped near border can't be prosecuted

Sep. 24, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Vermont couple cannot be prosecuted in state court for drug violations with evidence seized by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The court, in a 3-2 decision, said the federal law used by the Border Patrol agent to search the Vermont...

House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

Sep. 24, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Friday that would guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion, an effort by Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat. The bill's 218-211 approval is mostly symbolic, as Republican...

Companies, activists push to speed zero-emission truck sales

Sep. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials from companies with fleets of trucks are urging governors across the country to embrace a rule meant to speed the adoption of zero-emission trucks and reduce a potent source of greenhouse gases spewed from the large commercial vehicles. In a...

EU legal advisor: Diesel software faces strict limits

Sep. 24, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union legal adviser said Thursday that software installed in Volkswagen cars to alter the amount of pollutants coming out of their exhaust pipes in hot or cold weather and at high altitude doesn't conform to the 27-nation bloc’s laws laws unless it prevents...

Missouri Republicans move to cut Planned Parenthood funds

Sep. 24, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers who want to halt all public funds to Planned Parenthood are recommending that the Legislature give Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration authority to cancel abortion providers' Medicaid contracts based on behavior in other states deemed...

Chinese banks try to calm fears about developer's debts

Sep. 24, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Trying to dispel investor fears, some Chinese banks are disclosing what they are owed by a real estate developer that is struggling under $310 billion in debt and say they can cope with a potential default. The announcements came as Evergrande Group...