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Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bills fighting water pollution

Feb. 18, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The bills contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to...

FILE - This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

Feb. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a...

Referendum aims to restore vaccine opt-outs in Maine

Feb. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Debate over a referendum aimed at nullifying a Maine law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccinations is intensifying during the countdown to a statewide vote. A group that supports the elimination of most opt-outs launched a television ad...

Mauna Kea rules implementation could take 6 to 12 months

Feb. 17, 2020 2:30 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii's new administrative rules governing Mauna Kea could take up to a year before they are fully implemented, officials said. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the rules in January. But it is likely to be six to 12 months before they are put into effect on the...

Editorial Roundup:

Feb. 17, 2020 10:01 AM EST

Austin American-Statesman. February 14, 2020 Endorsement: Hegar in Dem primary With Beto O’Rourke passing on a bid for the U.S. Senate, a remarkably strong field of Democrats is vying for the chance to unseat Republican John Cornyn. The top tier of candidates includes MJ Hegar, the former Air Force...

Jury decides convicted Oregon meth dealer should lose home

Feb. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Yamhill County jury has concluded that police can seize the home of a woman convicted of a felony drug crime under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law. Sheryl Sublet, 62, pleaded guilty in 2018 to to selling less than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, The Oregonian/Oregon Live...

FILE-In this Friday, April 15, 2016 file photo, Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill's End Farm in Penobscot, Maine. Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption. A state lawmaker has proposed requiring producers that sell eggs in the state to follow guidelines that include cage-free housing systems that allow chickens to engage in behaviors such as perching and spreading their wings. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine might be the next state to require cage-free eggs

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates have concerns about what it would mean for businesses. Democratic Rep. Maggie O'Neil of Saco has proposed requiring...

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a Clean Colorado highway sign sponsored by the Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is displayed on eastbound 6th Avenue west of Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

Feb. 16, 2020 10:29 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs. Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible producers sponsor roadways throughout the state,...

FILE - This Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020 file photo shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, bottom left, as he recognizes House speaker, Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Farifax, right, while he prepares to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address as Lt. gov. Justin Fairfax, top left, applauds before a joint session of the Virginia Assembly at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia emerges as South's progressive leader under Dems

Feb. 15, 2020 3:20 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. Lawmakers are on the verge of passing the South's strictest gun laws, broadest LGBTQ...

Bill to require state to recognize 229 Alaskan tribes

Feb. 15, 2020 12:57 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than 200 federally recognized tribes in Alaska would also be officially recognized in the state under a bill that is gaining momentum with bipartisan support. The bill is largely symbolic and would not change how tribal governments already operate, since each of the 229 Native...