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APNewsBreak: Numbers of Maine lawmakers who went on to lobby

Apr. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — At least 14 Democrat and eight Republican lawmakers in Maine have gone on to register as paid lobbyists over the past three decades, a practice that is being targeted by a bill moving through the Legislature. The Maine House and Senate last week advanced a bill to ban future lawmakers...

Advocates not giving up on universal motorcycle helmet law

Apr. 21, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

Advocates hoping to finally reinstate Connecticut's full motorcycle helmet law enlisted a wider group of allies this year, following decades of being thwarted by well-organized opponents. But it's questionable whether it will be enough. With less than two months left in the 2019 legislative session, a universal...

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...

Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing

Apr. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last year's U.S....

Gun control group targets Nevada sheriffs over new law

Apr. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A national gun control lobbying organization on Tuesday made Nevada the latest Western state where it is trying to show that gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association are behind a "Second Amendment sanctuary" drive. The Brady advocacy group said it believes gun rights...

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Apr. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning, likely after consuming bullet fragments while scavenging the remains of an animal killed by a hunter, officials said Monday. Wearing a GPS unit like a backpack, the adult,...

NRA has history of promoting gun rights outside US

Apr. 14, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The recent revelation that National Rifle Association representatives had met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting generated outrage from various politicians. The reality is that the NRA has been exerting its influence on gun debates outside the...

Report: Minnesota students paid $620K in TCF Bank card fees

Apr. 14, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TCF Bank made more than $620,000 in card fees from University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses last school year, according to a consumer advocacy group's report. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a study last week that found 44% of the...

Markey, Pressley headline Green New Deal tour launch

Apr. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley are speaking at the launch of a nationwide effort supporting the Green New Deal climate change proposal. The two Massachusetts Democrats are among the headliners of Thursday evening's gathering at the Strand Theater in Boston's Dorchester...

Study: Wisconsin adds clean energy jobs amid national drop

Apr. 14, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin added nearly 1,800 new clean energy jobs last year despite a slowing of jobs growth in the industry nationwide, according to a new report. National advocacy groups Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust have released a study that found Wisconsin jobs in the clean...