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Arizona initiative backers want to gather signatures online

Apr. 2, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Backers of four voter initiatives are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to let them gather qualifying signatures online now that the state is under a stay at home order and other restrictions because of the coronoavirus outbreak. The proponents asked the high court Thursday to allow them to...

Cuomo warns of school aid cuts in budget deal amid outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers were preparing Wednesday to work late into the night to pass a budget that is expected to slash school aid as the coronavirus outbreak roils the state's economy. Lawmakers failed Tuesday night to pass a budget before the start of the state's fiscal year, which began...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Apr. 1, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ March 31 The Greenwood Commonwealth on medical marijuana in Mississippi: Medical marijuana — unless someone can show it’s an effective treatment against the novel coronavirus — has lost some of its zip as a pressing concern in Mississippi....

In this March 24, 2020 photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York. Amid an unprecedented public health crisis, the nation’s governors are trying to get what they need from the federal government – and fast. But often that means navigating the disorienting politics of dealing with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York seeks way forward on budget amid virus outbreak

Mar. 31, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As New York navigates the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are trying to find their way forward on a state budget despite uncertainty about the size of the financial toll the outbreak will take. The governor, a Democrat, has suggested lawmakers could pass a budget...

FILE - In this July 30, 2008 file photo, attorney Dan Viets, speaks to the media in Columbia, Mo. The spread of the coronavirus has likely doomed an effort to get a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri on the November 2020 ballot, according to organizers of the campaign. With businesses closing, public gatherings restricted and more people staying at home because of the virus, it is harder to find voters to sign the petitions, said Dan Viets, chairman of the Missourians for a New Approach committee. (Julia Robinson/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP File)/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

Virus likely dooms Missouri recreational marijuana campaign

Mar. 31, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The spread of the coronavirus has likely doomed an effort to get a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri on the November ballot, according to organizers of the campaign. With businesses closing, public gatherings restricted and more people staying at home...

In this photo taken March 24, 2020, Mia Grace, right, holds a package of toilet paper as she and her dog Breezy observe social distancing chalk marks on the sidewalk while waiting to get in to The Reef Capitol Hill, a marijuana store in Seattle, which was limiting the number of people in the store at one time to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Earlier in the week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered nonessential businesses to close and the state's more than 7 million residents to stay home in order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. In Washington and several other states where marijuana is legal, pot shops and workers in the market's supply chain were deemed essential and allowed to remain open. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

What's essential? In France: pastry, wine. In US: golf, guns

Mar. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what's “essential” and what things we really can't do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain open. They're...

Ohio AG rejects recreational pot issue lacking valid signers

Mar. 24, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio attorney general said Monday that he has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state for lack of valid signatures. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said in a release that he did not take steps to determine...

Winners announced in 2019 OAPME newspaper contest

Mar. 23, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Cleveland and Massillon were named the best in the state in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition. General Excellence awards for 2019 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The Canton Repository, Sandusky Register, Cleveland...

Virus not likely to stop Nebraska marijuana, casino measures

Mar. 22, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters may still get a chance to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling even though the new coronavirus has forced activists to stop collecting signatures to place the issues on the November ballot. Organizers from both campaigns said they’re confident...

Hemp must go on: UMaine to teach growers home cultivation

Mar. 22, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is going to help the state's gardeners and home growers learn how to cultivate hemp at home. Maine's hemp business has been growing in recent years as federal restrictions have eased. The cooperative extension said it would use an online...