Latest Emergency management News

Bill to prevent and fight wildfires approved by Legislature

Apr. 22, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to spend $125 million to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington sailed through the state House on Thursday and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The House voted unanimously to concur with Senate amendments made to the...

North Carolina tax break for business, jobless clears House

Apr. 22, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would provide several hundred million dollars in North Carolina state income tax breaks for businesses and the unemployed received final House approval on Thursday. The bill, which received nearly unanimous support, would allow...

Seeing a slowdown in vaccinations, state to expand outreach

Apr. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday the state is beginning to see a slowdown in demand for vaccinations, prompting his administration to look for new ways to encourage people to get the shot and move closer toward herd immunity in the state. “Supply is now more...

World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts

Apr. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China put aside their raw-worded disputes with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday long enough to pledge international cooperation on cutting climate-wrecking coal and petroleum emissions in a livestreamed summit showcasing America's return to...

S. Carolinians scattering 3 mil seeds to staunch flooding

Apr. 22, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Schoolchildren and other volunteers are scattering more than three million loblolly pine seeds across South Carolina on Thursday in an effort to help mitigate the effects of disastrous flooding statewide, government officials said. The Earth Day...

German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

Apr. 22, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday as it was passed by parliament's upper house. The upper house,...

Burgum vetoes bill barring mask mandates by state officials

Apr. 21, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the GOP-controlled Legislature renewed their longstanding power struggle Wednesday, with the second-term governor vetoing a bill that would prohibit state officials from mandating face coverings. In his veto message,...

California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties

Apr. 21, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency Wednesday in two Northern California counties where grape growers and wineries are major users, an order that came in response to arid conditions affecting much of...

Latin American leaders seek more vaccines at Andorra summit

Apr. 21, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Representatives of 22 countries from Latin America and Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, in their first, mostly virtual meeting since the pandemic started, called for more equitable access to coronavirus vaccines and flexible funding for their economic recovery. ...

Bill to prevent retail shutdowns in disasters passes House

Apr. 21, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state House on Wednesday gave divided approval to a Republican-sponsored bill to let many retail stores remain open during a declared state of disaster emergency, which backers said would safely prevent smaller businesses from going broke. ...