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Editorials from around New England

Jul. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT No disguising ugliness of Trump comments Connecticut Post July 17 Even at this late date, four years after he launched his presidential campaign in a spasm of xenophobia, there's a desire on the part of many Americans to believe that racism from the president of...

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Jul. 19, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran,...

Safety rules proposed after child dies in grease trap

Jul. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The death of a 3-year-old boy in a restaurant's underground grease collection tank has prompted two state lawmakers to draft new safety legislation. Police say the child fell through an unsecured plastic cover over a grease trap behind a Tim Hortons chain restaurant in Rochester on...

Ohio governor backs $1B rescue for state's 2 nuclear plants

Jul. 19, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor hopes state lawmakers can agree on a bill that would hand over roughly $1 billion to the state's two nuclear plants. Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that he'll sign the proposal if lawmakers can get it passed. The financial rescue for the nuclear plants cleared the Ohio...

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Jul. 18, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The announcement came after Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both...

Bevin issues call for special legislative session

Jul. 18, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin formally set the agenda for his mid-summer special legislative session, signaling Thursday that it will be limited to pension-relief legislation. Bevin's proclamation laid out details of his much-vetted pension-relief plan for regional universities and...

Minnesota lawmakers propose DHS split after resignations

Jul. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are considering reorganizing the state's Department of Human Services following a series of leadership resignations. Commissioner Tony Lourey abruptly announced his resignation Monday, followed by chief of staff Stacie Weeks. Two veteran deputy commissioners,...

Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws

Jul. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican leaders on Thursday urged state district and county attorneys to continue enforcing marijuana laws, a move that follows several local prosecutors' decision to drop pot possession cases amid confusion surrounding a new law legalizing hemp. The letter sent by Gov. Greg...

House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign

Jul. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, transforming an issue that once splintered the party into a benchmark for the 2020 election. Even though the bill has little chance of passing the Republican-led...

Alaska attorney general defends veto of court system funding

Jul. 18, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's attorney general says Gov. Mike Dunleavy was within his constitutional rights to cut the court system budget for a decision he didn't like. Attorney General Kevin Clarkson in a statement Thursday says a governor has line-item budget veto power over all appropriations,...