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Colorado begins rewriting oil-gas rules with focus on safety

Apr. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are taking the first steps to implement a new law that makes public health and the environment their top priority. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released interim guidelines Friday for companies to comply with the law. The commission also outlined...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed Trump, Barr claims on Mueller report

Apr. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his attorney general are distorting the facts when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's report in the Russia investigation. Trump and his team continue to insist that he was exonerated by the two-year investigation. That's not true. The report...

Utah agrees to delay implementation of new law on abortions

Apr. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials agreed Thursday to delay the implementation of a new law that bans most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy as a legal challenge plays out in the courts. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes made the announcement shortly before a court hearing in which abortion-rights...

Arming teachers brings contentious debate in Florida Senate

Apr. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats failed to strip language out of a Florida Senate school safety bill that would expand a law allowing some teachers to carry guns in school. They argued Wednesday that more guns in school could make them more dangerous. Senators spent nearly two hours debating proposed...

California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River

Apr. 17, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, on Tuesday sued a...

Jockeys weigh in on proposed whipping rules in California

Apr. 17, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The California Horse Racing Board has amended proposed changes to rules governing how jockeys may use riding crops in races, while The Jockeys' Guild continues to press its case that the crops are necessary for control of a racehorse. Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith told the...

Law gives Kansas counties new option for polling sites

Apr. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new law gives Kansas counties the legal option of letting voters cast ballots at any polling site within their county, but spotty internet service and aging voting equipment is expected to curtail its availability in many places, election officials say. The legislation signed this...

House to mull 3 bills aimed at cellphone use while driving

Apr. 17, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House lawmakers will get to pick and choose among three proposed laws that are designed to deal with distracted driving caused by cellphone use, Speaker Rusty Bowers announced after a closed-door meeting Wednesday of majority Republicans. Bowers had held off on scheduling votes amid...

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia patients will soon be allowed to legally buy the marijuana they are already allowed to possess. Because of a legal quirk, patients and families have regularly broken the law to obtain low-potency medical marijuana oil. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed a bill that would fix...