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House passes bill to name post office after Jeannette Rankin

Oct. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to name a Montana post office building in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The Missoulian reported Thursday that the approval came Wednesday to rename the building after the Missoula-born Republican known as the first woman to hold...

Details emerge in accidental shooting in school cafeteria

Oct. 18, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eleven young heads turned toward the explosive noise coming from the side of the school lunchroom. A young girl in jeans and white shoes moved her hands toward her ears. A cafeteria worker ducked behind the counter. White smoke lingered. It took everyone a moment to process the...

Lawmakers revisit protective orders for vulnerable adults

Oct. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are revisiting legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, exploitation and neglect. The Legislature made financial exploitation of vulnerable adults a crime in 2014 and followed up with legislation this year creating a new type of protective...

California utility chief pledges to improve communications

Oct. 17, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility pledged to improve communications. But it reminded state regulators that its difficult decision to pre-emptively shut off power to more than 2 million people last week may have prevented deadly wildfires. Bill Johnson, chief executive of Pacific Gas &...

Bill to let counselors keep diagnosing is sent to Whitmer

Oct. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to update Michigan's law so that 10,000 counselors can continue diagnosing mental disorders and using psychotherapy techniques amid concerns over regulators' plan to revise licensing rules governing the profession. Licensed professional counselors packed the...

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

Bill aimed at enforcing age limits at vape shops advances

Oct. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers could swiftly lose their permits if they sell to underage customers under a draft bill that's getting an early nod of approval from Utah lawmakers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Karianne...

Hawaii County committee approves banning herbicide use

Oct. 17, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii County Council committee has approved a proposed ban on using herbicides on county property, news reports said. The Agriculture, Water, Energy and Environmental Management Committee voted Tuesday to forward the bill to the first of two required council hearings. The bill...

Lawmakers introduce bill prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination

Oct. 16, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill to forbid employment and housing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. The latest iteration of the Ohio Fairness Act was introduced by Democratic Rep. Michael Skindell and Republican Rep. Brett Hillyer on Wednesday. The Columbus...

Michigan Senate addresses police interactions with autistic

Oct. 16, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday aimed to improve police officers' interactions with those with autism or hearing issues by unanimously passing bills that would let people voluntarily designate their disorders when registering a car and getting a driver's license. The legislation...