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17-year-old puts in bid to run for a Tennessee City Council

Jun. 24, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school student bothered by a property tax increase has announced his intention to run for city council. The Daily News Journal reports 17-year-old Zach Ouellette will run for a spot on the Murfreesboro City Council in 2020 because members aren't listening to...

In Depth: Wisconsin schools welcome safety improvement funds

Jun. 24, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — Peter Warning pointed to the "156-L" written above his office door to illustrate what's different about school safety in Portage. Portage Community School District received $213,082 in two rounds of safety grants from the Wisconsin Department of Justice beginning last summer. Warning,...

Final budget talks expected to address coal reclamation cuts

Jun. 24, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week. The Senate version of Ohio's two-year state budget trimmed the $4 million DeWine proposed for coal mine...

Minot budget picture looks brighter with help from state

Jun. 23, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Administrators of a city in the North Dakota oil patch say residents should get a break on property taxes in 2020, due in large part to financial assistance from the state Legislature. Minot City Manager Tom Barry says the city is receiving more than $6 million from the state in...

New Minnesota laws target marital rape, wage theft, opiates

Jun. 23, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Starting July 1, Minnesotans who rape their spouses can be charged with sexual assault, wage theft becomes a crime and drug manufacturers will help shoulder the state's costs of responding to the opioid epidemic. Those are some of the new laws taking effect July 1 along with the state's...

Budget pressure, policy agendas collide ahead of deadline

Jun. 23, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Toil on a $34 billion budget package in Pennsylvania's Capitol is barreling into the final week of the fiscal year, as top lawmakers rush to wrap up closed-door budget talks, score some pet victories and send rank-and-filers home for the summer. The main objective is extending the...

Rhode Island House passes nearly $10B budget

Jun. 22, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House of Representatives passed a nearly $10 billion state budget Saturday that would expand the state's pre-kindergarten program and add six new medical marijuana dispensaries. The Democratic-controlled House approved the budget 64 to 9, voting along party lines...

Incentives aimed at helping Illinois land data centers

Jun. 22, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The digital world's data must be stored somewhere. Lawmakers want to give Illinois an even chance of ensuring it's stored here. House Republicans pushed the Legislature in its final weeks in May to add a package of business-friendly initiatives to state budget legislation now...

Smoking age increase added to New Hampshire budget

Jun. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A last-minute addition to the state budget could raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products in New Hampshire to 21. A bill to increase the purchase age to 21 stalled in the Senate back in February. But much of its language resurfaced in the budget that will be voted on by the...

Michigan first-responder radio network has 100K participants

Jun. 22, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say more than 100,000 radios are connected with a statewide public safety communications network. The network operated by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget provides first responders such as police and firefighters with reliable communications...