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Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

University at Albany becomes smoke, vape-free campus

Jan. 21, 2020 10:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free Wednesday. The university announced it will begin prohibiting the use of any smoking and vaping products on campus starting Wednesday. University President Havidán...

Proposal bans holding cellphones while driving in Virginia

Jan. 21, 2020 7:57 PM EST

Karen Giles was proud of her 30 years as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, her daughter said, until she was killed last February when a dump truck driver looked down at his phone to text a friend about a Valentine’s Day gift. Giles’ daughter, Meredith Spies, said she now...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

Jan. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both measures have been proposed in previous years but died in what was then a Republican-controlled General...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

Detroit police linking 2020 homicides so far to marijuana

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Marijuana deals have been a common theme in many of the 17 homicides reported in Detroit so far this year, the police chief said. Marijuana is legal under Michigan law, but small recreational sales aren't legal yet in Detroit. The illegal market still is thriving, Chief James Craig said....

Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect the state's 1350 miles (2,173...

Bill to assist UofL with acquisition clears House panel

Jan. 21, 2020 7:13 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville's request for a $35 million state loan to assist in its purchase of Jewish Hospital started advancing in the Kentucky legislature on Tuesday. The measure cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee with bipartisan support. The bill has plenty of...

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

Jan. 21, 2020 7:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator. The set of standards aimed at...