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23 states sue Trump to keep California's auto emission rules

Sep. 20, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy....

New Mexico wants more students to apply for federal aid

Sep. 20, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials want to encourage more high school students to apply for federal financial aid to help pay for college. The initiative was announced Thursday, a day after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham proposed a scholarship program to bridge the gap between federal aid...

Creativity without the pressure at 'paint and sip' studios

Sep. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

They've become a global sensation — "paint and sip" studios where adults can spend evenings out learning to make art in a relaxed, BYOB setting. Thousands of franchises now exist to help us all unleash our inner creative. One of the places where it all began was a little studio outside Birmingham, Alabama....

Google ads: effective, a little frustrating, businesses say

Sep. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For many small business owners, Google is a necessary and successful way to advertise although it can also be expensive and frustrating. Jeff Moriarty sees both sides. Moriarty, marketing director for his family's jewelry business, has handled its online ads for 20 years. With competition...

Small business digital marketing: DIY or outsource?

Sep. 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Marketing and advertising on the internet are an integral part of running a small business, one many owners handle themselves. It does require some knowledge and skill. Owners may need to take short courses in digital marketing — in particular, online searches and advertising...

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

Sep. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...

Colorado towns take action to preserve mobile home parks

Sep. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Morehead's cat slips through the small, square door carved into his wooden fence, a gateway from Morehead's mobile home lot to a serene landscape of blooming flowers and shade trees. On the other side of the wall is the Yampa River Botanic Park, a public garden that...

Rhode Island officials aim to curtail tax credit program

Sep. 17, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are working to regulate an impending business incentive program that they worry could lead to insider firms receiving an influx of taxpayer money. The Providence Journal reports that the Small Business Development Fund aims to incentivize $65 million in...

New state law brings hope to Colorado mobile home residents

Sep. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park...

Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In the Aurora mobile home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett's door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did. In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons'...