US to require Chinese officials to report American contacts

Politics 10/16/19, 14:19

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by notices to American educational and ...

Court denies attempts to stop opioid trial before it begins

U.S. 10/10/19, 13:27

A federal appeals court on Thursday denied two efforts that could have kept the first federal trial on the opioids crisis from starting as scheduled this month in Cleveland. The rulings clear the way for the trial to start Oct. 21 involving just two of the more than 2,000 local governments ...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

U.S. 06/18/19, 17:38

A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments.Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric to cover "taxpayer losses."More than ...

Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122

World 06/17/19, 19:53

A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were underway in the stricken area. The magnitude ...

Event where California officials brawled known for partying

U.S. 05/27/19, 23:53

A late-night argument between Southern California city councilors ended with one unconscious on the floor of a resort during an annual gathering of local government officials that some past attendees say is more fraternity party than public policy retreat.The May 18 incident drew unwanted attention to the California Contract Cities ...

California governor launches task force on homelessness

U.S. 05/21/19, 13:47

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is creating a task force on homelessness as the state grapples with a housing crisis.The Democratic governor made the announcement Tuesday in Oakland, where county officials reported last week that the number of people experiencing homelessness increased 43 percent over the last two years.Newsom described homelessness ...

New Jersey gives $10M to anti-pollution work in Barnegat Bay

Enviroment 05/03/19, 12:40

New Jersey will spend $10 million on projects to prevent storm water pollution from entering the ecologically fragile Barnegat Bay, authorities said Friday.The state Department of Environmental Protection announced grants to nonprofit groups, local governments, and state colleges and universities that will institute projects to prevent polluted runoff from entering ...

News attorneys: Opioid distribution data should be public

U.S. 05/02/19, 11:59

Attorneys for news organizations argued Thursday that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation's overdose crisis was worsening. They urged a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to overturn a lower court judge's ...

As car-sharing picks up in US, so do legislative battles

Sports 05/02/19, 00:17

When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing ...

California may boost rules for homes at high wildfire risk

U.S. 04/22/19, 23:34

Years of increasingly deadly California wildfires spurred lawmakers to consider regulations Tuesday that would toughen local governments' requirements for approving housing developments in high-risk areas.A state Senate committee voted 8-3 Monday to advance a measure requiring developers to increase fire protections, plan for evacuations, or prepare for residents who may ...

California proposal to tax soda pushed to next year

U.S. 04/22/19, 17:48

Lawmakers won't vote on a soda tax or limit how much can be sold in a single cup this year, marking the latest California victory for the beverage industry.Assemblyman Richard Bloom on Monday delayed his soda tax bill until next year, saying it didn't have enough support to pass.New taxes ...

Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

Tech 04/22/19, 17:11

Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel.It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the ...

Oregon sheriff known for standoff to resign over funds

U.S. 04/18/19, 19:16

A small-town sheriff who gained national attention for his leadership during a 41-day standoff with armed occupiers at a wildlife refuge in Oregon is resigning, citing chronic underfunding for his department and concerns about liability caused by an outdated and understaffed jail. Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward announced his decision to ...

Colorado governor signs major overhaul of oil and gas rules

Business 04/16/19, 19:39

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a major overhaul of state oil and gas rules, turning the focus away from encouraging production and directing regulators to make public safety and the environment their top priority.The law also gives local government significant new authority to restrict the location ...

California governor won’t block building in high-fire areas

U.S. 04/15/19, 19:05

A desire to live near nature is embedded in California's ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday as he explained why he doesn't want to block home building near forested areas at high risk for wildfires. "There's something that is truly Californian about the wilderness and the wild and pioneering spirit," Newsom ...

California sees shift in immigration detention contracts

U.S. 04/08/19, 18:59

A Southern California desert community has backed out of a contract for the state's largest immigration detention facility in a move that won't necessarily close its doors but rather could open them to an expansion. The city of Adelanto took steps late last month to end its contract with U.S. immigration ...

Former Dallas mayor pro tem sentenced to over 4 1/2 years

U.S. 04/05/19, 17:12

Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway has been sentenced to just over 4 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty in a federal corruption probe that's shaken local government in the North Texas city.A long-time fixture in city politics, Caraway resigned from the Dallas City Council last August after ...

25 local governments sue over California marijuana delivery

U.S. 04/05/19, 14:53

In a major challenge to regulations that govern California's marijuana market, Beverly Hills and 24 other local governments sued Friday to overturn a rule allowing home deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. The League of California Cities and police chiefs had complained that unrestricted home deliveries would ...

Border Patrol orders quick releases of families

U.S. 03/29/19, 09:57

The number of migrant families and children entering the U.S. from Mexico is so high that Border Patrol is immediately releasing them instead of transferring them to the agency responsible for their release, forcing local governments to help coordinate their housing, meals and travel. "We need to work toward a clean ...

New York sues billionaire family behind maker of OxyContin

New York 03/28/19, 18:14

New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation's opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per day, on Thursday expanded an ...

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