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Top US health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited Denver on Friday as part of the Biden administration's effort to promote COVID-19 shots among communities of color that have some of the lowest vaccination rates. Becerra, the agency's first...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

Kentucky judge blocks parole board rule on new hearings

Jun. 18, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked a new parole board policy that would give dozens of convicted murderers another chance at potentially cutting short their life-in-prison sentences. The temporary restraining order issued this week by a...

Costly low bid for Nebraska child services may cause changes

Jun. 18, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska lawmakers on Friday called for changes in how the state picks contractors, after a child welfare service that succeeded in winning a contract with an unusually low bid failed to deliver and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Members of...

Evers vetoes bill increasing eligibility for voucher program

Jun. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a bill that would have opened the door to more children going to private school using a voucher paid for by taxpayers. The bill Evers vetoed would have raised the income eligibility for the voucher program to three...

Proposed bill could leave Ohio casinos without sports books

Jun. 18, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some Ohio casinos and racinos could be left with losing tickets if the state Senate's sports betting legislation giving professional teams priority for obtaining a brick-and mortar sports book licenses is ultimately enacted. The bill was approved...

What's next as Connecticut looks ahead toward legal cannabis

Jun. 18, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Connecticut is poised to become the 19th state to legalize adult, recreational use of cannabis, now that a long-awaited bill has cleared the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has said he'll sign it into law. While it will be legal as of July 1 for adults 21 years and older to...

Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there. The abuse allegations became public earlier this...

EXPLAINER: Why is Missouri fighting federal gun rules?

Jun. 18, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is clashing with the U.S. Department of Justice over a new law banning police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Justice Department officials wrote that state lawmakers went too far with the law...

Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

Jun. 18, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's road to legalizing simple possession of marijuana has had some twists and turns, so it's not surprising that advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what will be allowed under state law as of July 1. ...