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Controversial Indiana environmental bills inch near passage

Apr. 13, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers approved two environmental bills Tuesday that critics say could damage the state’s ecosystems by scaling back current policy affecting water, energy and other resources. A measure seeking to remove protections from Indiana’s already...

Czechs reject mandatory quotas on local food in stores

Apr. 13, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers have rejected a proposed bill to reduce dependency on food imports by imposing a quota of locally-produced food to be sold in supermarkets. Lawmakers in the upper house, or the Senate, dismissed the bill last month. It would have required...

House-backed bill would allow higher college tuition hikes

Apr. 13, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri colleges and universities would have free rein to hike student tuition under a bill the GOP-led House passed Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 128-14 in favor of the bill, with 12 avoiding weighing in directly by voting “present.” The provision...

Missouri lawmakers consider day to honor Rush Limbaugh

Apr. 13, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering setting aside a day each January to honor the late Rush Limbaugh, a proposal that has ignited controversy. The Cape Girardeau native gained national fame before he died in February at age 70 after a battle...

IRS chief expects new child payments to start this summer

Apr. 13, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a strain, but the head of the IRS said Tuesday he expects to meet the July 1 deadline in the new pandemic relief law for starting a groundbreaking tax program aimed at reducing child poverty. That means new advance monthly payments of as much as $300 per child could...

Idaho House kills $1.1 billion teacher pay bill on tie vote

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday rejected legislation to pay $1.1 billion to Idaho’s K-12 teachers amid concerns about what is being taught in schools. Lawmakers deadlocked 34-34 in a tie vote that means the bill fails to advance. The defeat means the bill...

Leaders of GM, Ford among objectors to voting restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leaders of three-dozen major Michigan-based companies, including General Motors and Ford, on Tuesday objected to Republican-sponsored election bills that would make it harder to vote in Michigan and other states. The businesses issued a joint...

Biden aims for bipartisanship but applies stealthy pressure

Apr. 13, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is intended just as much to keep Democrats in line as it is a first step in an uphill climb to any bipartisan deal. ...

Wisconsin Assembly OKs genocide education bill

Apr. 13, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly approved a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would require schools to include instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides. Under the proposal, public schools, charter schools and private voucher schools would have to include...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Apr. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

South Bend Tribune. April 11, 2021. Editorial: Indiana’s pregnancy accommodations bill doesn’t provide any It sounds like the setup to a familiar joke, although there’s no humor to be found in the answer: How bad is Indiana on matters of health?...