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Could outdoor gambling satisfy smokers and casino workers?

Aug. 05, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Could outdoor gambling be at least a partial solution to an impasse between Atlantic City casino workers who want smoking banned indoors, and gambling executives who fear a smoking ban would hurt business and cost jobs? It may depend on what the...

DeSantis signs bills on smoking bans, stolen sexual images

Jun. 24, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed 35 bills on Friday, including a law allowing local governments to ban smoking on beaches and in parks and vetoed five, including legislation that would have made it easier for businesses to sue local governments over ordinances. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

Lancaster Online/LNP. June 15, 2022. Editorial: As cost of farmland soars, next generation of farmers finding ways to get a foothold Farmland in Lancaster County is valuable — increasingly valuable — in more ways than one. It’s essential to the...

Report: Smoking bans no longer a threat to casino revenue

Jun. 17, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For decades, it was accepted wisdom in the casino industry that eliminating smoking would automatically lead to revenue declines and customer losses. But a new report examining how the coronavirus pandemic has changed gamblers' habits says that may no...

Rhode Island casino workers urge lawmakers to ban smoking

Jun. 08, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

Smoking was prohibited inside Rhode Island's two casinos for most of the pandemic, and now casino workers want state lawmakers to make the ban permanent. A bill is pending in the legislature to repeal the exemption granted to casinos in the state law that prohibits smoking in public...

Hard Rock boss confers with NJ governor on casino smoking

Jun. 06, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of the global Hard Rock casino and entertainment company spoke recently with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy about the “economic challenges” of banning smoking in casinos, which a bill pending in the state Legislature would do. Murphy has...

Smoking ban takes effect at Georgia's largest public beach

Jun. 04, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Just in time for summer, Georgia’s largest public beach is banning smoking in the sand. City officials on Tybee Island decided to snuff out cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products on its beaches in an effort to reduce litter. That's after the...

Louisiana governor backs Mixon's uphill Senate bid

Jun. 02, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic Gov. has endorsed former Navy pilot Luke Mixon in the upcoming U.S. Senate race against incumbent Republican John Kennedy. Mixon is one of two Democrats challenging Kennedy. The other is Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers Jr., who has...

Heightened wildfire threat prompts stricter restrictions

May. 24, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's six national forests and some local governments and land management agencies are implementing stricter campfire and smoking restrictions because of the heightened wildfire threat, officials announced Tuesday. Heightened restrictions ordered by the...

Rain brings relief to massive, record-wildfire in New Mexico

May. 16, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

Lightning sparked a few new small fires in the drought-stricken Southwest Monday but the thunderstorms brought welcome rain to the monster blaze that’s been churning for a month in New Mexico and is now the state's largest in recorded history. “We haven’t seen rain in a really...