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Some North Dakotans turn to Canada for prescription pills

Sep. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Roger Roehl four years ago found the "silver bullet" for leukemia — a medication called Gleevec. Roehl, of Mandan, was 64 years old and had a state health insurance plan that covered the life-saving medication minus a $10 copay. But when he turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare,...

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce medical marijuana bill

Sep. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of lawmakers launched another push Friday to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, introducing a bill that would allow patients to use the drug if they register with the state and create a licensing system for growers. Thirty-three states, including neighboring Michigan,...

Cooper vetoes annual North Carolina regulatory cleanup bill

Sep. 20, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the annual legislation pitched by Republicans as reducing and streamlining North Carolina regulations. The Democratic governor wrote Friday that a couple of provisions in the 25-page Regulatory Reform Act of 2019 threaten public health and safety....

Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

Sep. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state's attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama...

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

Sep. 20, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court. Beginning Monday in federal court in Nashville, attorneys for five of the state's seven abortion clinics will...

Rule would bar grad assistant unionizing at private schools

Sep. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a blow to a unionization movement sweeping private universities, the National Labor Relations Board on Friday proposed a new rule that would strip graduate teaching assistants at those schools of the right to collective bargaining. The proposal would reverse a 2016 ruling by the...

Editorials from around New England

Sep. 20, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Tolls, groceries, vaccinations. Is Gov. Lamont the do-over governor? Hartford Courant Sept. 20 Gov. Ned Lamont and his administration are awash on tides of public outcry. Thursday night's grocery tax reversal is just the latest in a series of ham-handed executions...

Wyoming officials vote to advance state income tax proposal

Sep. 20, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state officials have voted to advance legislation that would enact a state corporate income tax. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that the Joint Committee on Revenue voted in favor of the bill, leaving its creator to work out incomplete details before the January 2020...

Maine distracted driving penalty lowered from $230 to $85

Sep. 20, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Judicial Branch says the first offense penalty for drivers who violate the state's new distracted driving law will be $85, which is more in line with lawmakers' intent. The new law bans drivers from holding phones while driving. It took effect Thursday morning. The law passed...

Dive boat, Ghost Ship fires a lesson in proving negligence

Sep. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One was a ship in name only, an artist commune set up in an Oakland warehouse. The other was a bona fide boat afloat on the ocean off Santa Barbara. Both became fiery death traps for a combined 70 souls, two of the worst disasters in modern California history. Each has brought a search...