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The Latest: Official: Alaska recognizes same-sex spouses

Nov. 21, 2019 9:41 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over a denied oil-wealth check in Alaska (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A Department of Law spokeswoman says the state agency that determines eligibility for payment of checks to Alaska residents from the oil-wealth fund recognizes same-sex spouses. Cori Mills...

Monsanto pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use in Hawaii

Nov. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Agrochemicals company Monsanto on Thursday pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on research crops on the Hawaii island of Maui in 2014, prosecutors said. Monsanto, now owned by the pharmaceutical company Bayer of Germany, has also agreed to pay $10 million for charges it unlawfully...

Colorado approves new flowline rules after fatal blast

Nov. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado regulators on Thursday approved a set of safety measures designed to increase citizen protections in areas surrounding thousands of miles of underground oil and gas pipelines in the state. The rules provide public access to a more detailed and accurate state map of locations...

The Latest: Colorado OKs pipeline rules after fatal blast

Nov. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on pipeline safety rules being considered by Colorado regulators (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Colorado regulators have approved a set of safety measures designed to increase protections surrounding thousands of miles of underground oil and gas pipelines in the state. The...

Restaurant group sues over Berkeley’s natural gas ban

Nov. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas in new construction may end up eroding the region’s reputation for fine and creative dining, according to a California trade association suing the city on behalf of restaurants. In its lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S....

Tennessee congressman backing 2 climate bills

Nov. 21, 2019 7:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper has announced he is backing climate legislation, the Green New Deal and the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019. Cooper cited former Vice President Al Gore, whose presentation at Vanderbilt University this week focused on the speed at which the climate is changing....

California to sue over federal rules governing water

Nov. 21, 2019 7:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials said Thursday they will sue the federal government over proposed rules managing the state’s scarce water, arguing its conclusions are not scientifically adequate and fall short of protecting species and the state’s interests. The state, which has...

New Mexico task force rolls out climate change strategies

Nov. 21, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reiterated her commitment to addressing the causes and effects of climate change as a panel of experts concluded that New Mexico needs to pick up the pace if it wants to meet its goals over the next decade. The governor’s climate...

SCC rejects Dominion request for higher return on equity

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have rejected a request from Dominion Energy Virginia to increase its rate of return on equity. The State Corporation Commission announced Thursday it had turned down the utility’s proposal to set that profit rate for shareholders at 10.75 percent. The...

Pennsylvania moves to raise cigarettes, tobacco age to 21

Nov. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is moving to join 18 other states and ban the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, although it’s maintaining an exception for military veterans or service members who are at least 18. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said he’d...