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Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval

Jul. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the...

Rand Paul touts efforts to increase legal immigration to US

Jul. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One way to reduce the tide of immigrants entering the United States illegally is to expand federal laws allowing newcomers to enter the country legally, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday. The Kentucky lawmaker touted two bills that he's sponsoring in an attempt to increase...

Court: Seattle wealth tax unconstitutional but so is tax ban

Jul. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Seattle's tax on wealthy households is unconstitutional, but so is the state law banning Seattle and other Washington cities from taxing net income. In doing so, the Court of Appeals declared void a 35-year-old ban enacted by the...

Bill raises bar for required petition signatures

Jul. 15, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's acting governor has signed into law a bill that raises the threshold for required petition signatures in certain municipalities in the state. The new law signed Friday by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver went into effect immediately. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the...

Wyoming cities, counties divided on changes to tax law

Jul. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming cities want only people living inside their limits to have say on city taxes_a change some county governments say would put them at a disadvantage. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Sunday that state lawmakers heard from city and county officials last week while...

Law aims to inform people out of prison of right to vote

Jul. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill that aims to better inform people with criminal records of their voting rights has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. New Hampshire Public Radio reports sponsors say the bill clarifies an existing law detailing voting rights for convicted felons who are no...

Officials say it will take Years for medical cannabis sales

Jul. 14, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite legislation from 2017 that allowed cannabis to be legal for medical use on July 1 of this year, West Virginia officials say they're still years away from the first sale. That's — at least in part — because of a hangup with finding a banking solution to get...

Maine among states regulating 'autocycles'

Jul. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — The Polaris Slingshot caught Paul Taylor's eye a couple of years ago. The futuristic roadster looked like something that Batman might drive, with sharp angles, an open cockpit and three wheels. He envisioned rocketing around with the wind blowing through his hair. He put the brakes...

Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...

Clashes erupt as Hong Kong protest targets Chinese traders

Jul. 13, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Violent clashes broke out after several thousand people marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous territory. After issuing a warning, police on Saturday moved forward to disperse the crowd of mostly young...