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Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7

Apr. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the electric-car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently. Tesla says the four directors who will depart aren't leaving because of any disagreement with the company. The board has come...

Capitol Watch: Farmworker labor debate, Cuomo taxes

Apr. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers will hold hearings on a proposal to repeal an 80-year-old law that prevents farmworkers in the state from unionizing. The proposal has long languished in Albany, but supporters are more hopeful now that Democrats control the entire Legislature. Meanwhile, a look...

Some items off the table as House takes up state budget

Apr. 20, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers preparing for debate on the state's $42.7 billion budget have submitted more than 1,300 amendments to the July 1 fiscal year spending plan, but several of the more contentious issues facing the Legislature appear to be off the table — for the moment at...

School money, gambling decisions near for Indiana lawmakers

Apr. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Just how much additional money will go toward Indiana schools is a top unanswered question as the General Assembly nears the end of this year's legislative session. Lawmakers could wrap up the session as early as Wednesday but negotiations on the new two-year state budget and other...

Gas company, state agree to deal for environmental problems

Apr. 20, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A gas company has agreed to a $124,030 deal with West Virginia regulators for environmental violations in Doddridge and Wetzel counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection...

Oklahoma governor signs bill hiking turnpike, highway speeds

Apr. 20, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that increases speed limits on Oklahoma turnpikes and some state highways has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill signed by Stitt Thursday increases turnpike speed limits from 75 to 80 mph and from 70 to 75 mph on certain state highways. Rep. Daniel Pae of...

Nuclear operator: Closing plants would be felt around Ohio

Apr. 20, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shutting down Ohio's two nuclear power plants would be more costly to the state than approving a financial lifeline to keep them operating, backers told lawmakers this week. In the first legislative hearings on what critics are calling a bailout for the nuclear industry, supporters...

Officials: If you celebrate pot holiday, do so responsibly

Apr. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are calling on recreational marijuana users who plan to celebrate "420" to do so responsibly. April 20 has for decades been recognized by pot enthusiasts as a counter-culture holiday of sorts, but the legalization in several states has brought 420 more into the...

The week ahead in Florida: Budget, highways, guns in schools

Apr. 20, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are entering the final two weeks of their annual 60-day session — the period when bills either start flying, or start dying. It's when things get unpredictable and hectic as deals are being made on the largest issues facing lawmakers. And even though...

Solar power industry sees rays of growth in Georgia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy last week released "Solar in the Southeast 2018," its second annual report on solar expansion. "Solar growth continues in the Southeast (adding 65 percent in 2018)," the report states. "The region will surpass 10,000 MW in 2019. SACE now...