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FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

Feb. 13, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales in all of the state's cities and towns. In a late-night...

Seattle city councilmember Kshama Sawant listens as she appears at a rally in support of her proposal for a tax on large businesses that she says would raise $300 million to build thousands of new homes in Seattle and retrofit existing homes, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Sawant said her plan would direct 75% of the money raised by the tax to build affordable housing and 25% to convert Seattle homes from gas and oil to electric systems. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Councilmember: Biz tax would raise $300M for Seattle housing

Feb. 12, 2020 6:56 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle city councilmember Kshama Sawant on Wednesday unveiled details of her tax proposal on large businesses that she says would raise $300 million to build thousands of new homes in Seattle and retrofit existing homes. The proposal would impose a payroll tax of 1.7% on the largest 3% of...

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2019 file photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation shows toxic chemical substances leaking along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich. An industrial site in suburban Detroit where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway is subject to forfeiture due to non-payment of property taxes. Five properties tied to Electro-Plating Services Inc. in Madison Heights owe a total of more than $30,000 in taxes, interest and fees from 2017 and 2018, according to the Oakland County Treasurer's office.(Michigan Department of Transportation via AP, File)

Treasurer: Seeping 'green ooze' site subject to forfeiture

Feb. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway could be foreclosed due to non-payment of property taxes, the county treasurer said Wednesday. Five properties tied to Electro-Plating Services Inc. in Madison Heights...

FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant speaks at City Hall in Seattle. Seattle’s elections watchdog has charged Sawant with violating the law by using her office to promote a potential ballot measure that would tax Amazon and other large companies to pay for things like affordable housing. The Seattle Times reports the charges against Sawant were filed Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Seattle councilwoman charged over work toward 'Amazon tax'

Feb. 11, 2020 6:37 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s elections watchdog has charged a city councilwoman with violating the law by using her office to promote a potential ballot measure that would tax Amazon and other large companies to pay for things like affordable housing. The Seattle Times reported the charges against...

Franklin County Commissioner Clint Didier, left, and initiative promoter Tim Eyman, right, listen to arguments during a hearing in King County Superior Court, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Seattle, over the constitutionality of Eyman's Initiative 976 to reduce car licensing fees. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)

Judge weighs challenge to Tim Eyman's $30 car tab measure

Feb. 7, 2020 7:17 PM EST

A King County Superior Court judge who has already temporarily blocked initiative promoter Tim Eyman's latest $30 car tab measure from taking effect said he hopes to rule next week on whether it's constitutional. Judge Marshall Ferguson heard arguments Friday on Initiative 976, which voters approved in November....

Amazon confirms it's moving into Des Moines suburb warehouse

Feb. 6, 2020 11:15 AM EST

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) — The online retailer Amazon confirmed Thursday that it will be moving into a new warehouse in the Des Moines suburb of Bondurant. The Seattle-based company said it plans to hire 1,000 people for what it calls a fulfillment center. A smaller operation is being opened in Grimes, about...

Amazon, Microsoft support business tax to address housing

Feb. 5, 2020 5:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Major Seattle-area companies say they are willing to be taxed to help address regional challenges, such as affordable housing and public safety. KUOW reports the companies -- including Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Alaska Airlines – signed a statement released Tuesday, saying:...

A person wearing a mask stands at a window of a staff accommodation block where British nationals recently flown back from China and at risk from the new virus are being quarantined, at Arrowe Park Hospital, on the Wirral, in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020. Britain on Tuesday urged all of its citizens in China to leave the country because of the outbreak of a respiratory illness from a new virus, while Belgium became the latest nation to announce a confirmed case. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: WHO seeks $675M to fight new virus

Feb. 5, 2020 10:59 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a virus outbreak that began in China (all times local): 11 p.m. The director-general of the World Health Organization has asked for $675 million to help countries address the expected spread of the new virus that emerged in China. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged that...

Tribe, county come to sales tax agreement ending legal fight

Jan. 29, 2020 7:49 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Native American tribal group reached an agreement to end a federal lawsuit and begin sharing millions of dollars in sales tax receipts generated at a mall bordering its reservation. The Tulalip Tribes would receive a portion of the state's sales tax collections this...

OR--Oregon Editorial Rdp

Jan. 29, 2020 7:24 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: __ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Jan. 26, on the public records advocate: Ginger McCall’s parting gift to Oregon was a crash course in the importance of independence. McCall, Oregon’s first public records advocate, resigned last year after just 18 months on...