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Montana health officials struggle with changes to state law

Jun. 20, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Legislation aiming to protect businesses from COVID-19 restrictions imposed by local authorities was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte more than a month ago, but across the state, elected officials, public health officers and attorneys are left with wildly...

Oxford mulls designated parking for taxis, ride-share cars

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Officials in the city of Oxford are considering a new ordinance that would create designated spots for taxis and ride-share vehicles to drop off and pick up people in the downtown square. The Oxford Eagle reports that if...

Meridian expands open container ordinance to six days a week

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The city of Meridian has passed a new ordinance allowing open containers of alcohol to be carried in the downtown area every day but Sunday. The new rule goes into effect on July 1. The Meridian Star reports that in 2020,...

Alabama museum to return art to 2 Alaskan tribes

Jun. 20, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A city-owned museum will return works of art to two Alaskan Native American tribes that requested the items back in 2017, decades after they were acquired for collections. A vote by the Birmingham City Council cleared the way for the Birmingham...

Munich wants rainbow-colored stadium for game with Hungary

Jun. 20, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — Hungary may play its final group game at the European Championship in a stadium lit up in rainbow colors. Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said Sunday he was going to write to UEFA to ask for permission for Germany’s stadium to be lit up with the colors as a...

Overrun national forests prompt action from US Congress

Jun. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A few years ago, the U.S. Forest Service sat down with Eagle County officials and delivered some bad news: The federal agency was short-staffed and would be closing campgrounds in the mountainous county that includes Vail, where outdoor recreation is king. ...

'It lessens my bills': $500 payments tested in upstate NY

Jun. 20, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

Annette Steele isn't destitute or unemployed. But for a year she'll be receiving $500 per month in no-strings-attached payments as part of an experimental universal basic income program in upstate New York. Places from Compton, California, to Richmond, Virginia, are...

Judge to hear motions to toss Georgia ballot review case

Jun. 20, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge who last month ordered absentee ballots in Georgia's most populous county to be unsealed as part of a lawsuit alleging fraud during the November election is now set to hear arguments over whether the case should be dismissed. Originally filed in...

Director of naval museum hopeful for move despite delay

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricanes Laura and Delta have kept the USS Orleck Naval Museum stuck at its location on North Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles. Efforts to move the former Navy ship to the Jacksonville Naval Museum in Florida have been on hold for...

Florida county closes government building after COVID deaths

Jun. 19, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county shuttered its main administration building after several employees contracted COVID-19 and two people died, officials said. Employees of the Manatee County Administration Building were ordered to leave Friday afternoon while the...