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Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 02, 2023 09:35 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

Minnesota governor signs broad abortion rights bill into law

Jan. 31, 2023 16:24 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz enshrined the right to abortion and other reproductive health care into Minnesota statutes Tuesday, signing a bill meant to ensure that the state's existing protections remain in place no matter who sits on future courts. Democratic leaders took...

Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

Jan. 31, 2023 06:43 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she's dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced...

Experts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives

Jan. 29, 2023 10:24 AM EST

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jessie Blanchard started small nearly five years ago, just trying to get enough of the rescue drug naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses to keep her daughter from dying from an overdose. She pleaded with colleagues at the college where she’s an adjunct...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Walz proposes tax credit checks for 2.5M Minnesota families

Jan. 24, 2023 18:40 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Millions of Minnesota families would get checks totaling as much as $2,600 from the state's huge surplus under the budget plan that Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday, saying it would give residents the largest package of tax cuts in state history. The direct...

Tax the rich? Liberals renew push for state wealth taxes

Jan. 20, 2023 18:40 PM EST

Supporters of taxes on the very rich contend that people are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a bigger appetite for what they’re calling “tax justice.” Bills announced Thursday in California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Connecticut...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

Minnesota House backs abortion rights after HHS chief visits

Jan. 19, 2023 20:45 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited Minnesota on Thursday on a Midwest trip to affirm the Biden administration's commitment to abortion rights despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Becerra went to a...

Tyson, others, lose Oklahoma lawsuit over poultry pollution

Jan. 19, 2023 17:22 PM EST

The world's largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods, is among nearly a dozen poultry companies that have less than two months to reach agreement with the state of Oklahoma on how to clean a watershed polluted by chicken litter. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell in Tulsa ruled...