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3 states sue Trump administration over tax workaround

Jul. 17, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

Connecticut, New Jersey and New York sued the Trump administration Wednesday over an IRS rule that weakens the states' attempts to work around a cap on state and local tax deductions. Attorneys general for the three states filed the lawsuit against the Treasury and IRS in federal court in New York. The suit...

New Orleans fears triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

Jul. 12, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and left...

Nike keeps plans for Arizona factory despite controversy

Jul. 11, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Nike announced Thursday it's going forward with plans to make soles for Nike Air shoes in a Phoenix suburb even though Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey blocked state money for the facility when the company pulled a flag-themed shoe from the market. The shoemaker did not address the controversy in...

Fines, jail, probation, debt: Court policies punish the poor

Jul. 10, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver's license for 20 years, but he just can't afford it. To punish him for high school truancy in 1999, Tennessee officials told him he would not be able to legally drive until he turned 21. He drove anyway, incurring two tickets and...

Tourism agency seeks hotel tax hikes in 2 Indiana counties

Jul. 8, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Tourism officials are seeking hotel tax increases in two southern Indiana counties to free up more money for marketing and promoting the region's attractions. SoIN Tourism staffers plan to meet Tuesday with the Clark County Council and the Floyd County Council on July 15 to make...

Wyoming coal miners left wondering after bankruptcy filing

Jul. 7, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coal workers who were locked out of their jobs after a company filed for bankruptcy protection are wondering whether they'll ever be called back to work. The West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC has 580 employees at two open-pit mines in northeastern Wyoming, Eagle Butte and...

Trump: People are leaving New York 'like never before'

Jul. 2, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that people are moving out of New York "like never before" — but the reality of population changes in the president's home state is more complicated. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump blamed high taxes and the state's leaders for...

Gubernatorial candidates make pitches to county leaders

Jun. 28, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin offered an election-year sweetener to Kentucky's coal-county leaders on Friday, saying he'll push to return 100% of coal severance tax revenues to their counties if he gets the chance to submit another budget proposal to lawmakers. His Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, noted that...

Kansas City, Missouri, voters elect Lucas as new mayor

Jun. 19, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial results that...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...