Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

Enviroment 05/22/19, 01:01

An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country's general election.The Carmichael mine proposed by India's Adani Mining in Queensland state was a bitterly polarizing issue ahead of Saturday's national election, ...

Update: Doctors decry threat of penalties for abortions

Health 05/17/19, 18:23

The Latest on Missouri's proposed ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local):6:20 p.m.The Missouri Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says it strongly opposes the threat of criminal penalties for delivering "evidence based, necessary health care."Protesters march through the halls of the Missouri ...

Mississippi governor leads trade trip to Uzbekistan

Asia & Pacific 05/16/19, 13:31

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is in Uzbekistan this week to try to strengthen connections between the state and the country in central Asia.Bryant spokesman Bobby Morgan told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Republican governor and others left Sunday and will return Saturday."This trade mission is no different than ...

More ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest

U.S. 05/11/19, 14:17

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia — that ...

Update: California governor proposes $213.5B budget

U.S. 05/09/19, 13:12

The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal (all times local):11 a.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a $213.5 billion state government spending plan that boosts spending on homelessness, wildfire prevention and K-12 education.Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses a proposal to eliminate the state sales tax on tampons and diapers ...

Wash. Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died

Health 04/29/19, 18:11

The Washington state Legislature adjourned at midnight Sunday, avoiding overtime and ending a 105-day legislative session that saw bills signed on high-profile issues and a whirlwind finish that raised questions about transparency.Entering their second year in full control of state government, Democrats enacted changes to laws touching everyday life across ...

More states aim to knock air out of festive balloon launches

U.S. 04/28/19, 07:16

The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states.Critics say the helium-filled balloons pollute the environment, and threaten birds and other wildlife when they fall to earth."People don't really realize that it's littering. That's why we ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers return with pot, rent on the agenda

New York 04/27/19, 17:56

In New York state government news, lawmakers are returning to Albany to begin the final two months of the legislative session, and bills to legalize recreational marijuana will top the agenda.Meanwhile, a Senate investigations committee is making it easier for the public to suggest topics for future scrutiny.A look at ...

Pennsylvania government watchdog to probe teen’s murder

U.S. 04/17/19, 16:50

A Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency has launched an investigation into the horrific case of a 14-year-old girl who had extensive contact with the child welfare system before her 2016 rape, torture and murder, a lawmaker who requested the review announced Wednesday.The Office of State Inspector General has agreed to ...

Capitol Watch: Assembly OKs crime victims assistance bills

Enviroment 04/13/19, 09:54

In New York state government news, the Democrat-controlled Assembly has passed a package of legislation to provide services and support to crime victims, while environmentalists want to amend the state constitution to guarantee a right to clean air and water.Here's a look at stories making news:CRIME VICTIMS ASSISTANCE: Assembly Speaker ...

In health care debate, price control techniques weighed

Health 04/13/19, 09:32

State Rep. Jon Santiago, a Boston emergency room doctor, recalled an elderly patient named Mike who recently came to the hospital with life-threatening complications from diabetes. Conversations with the man's family revealed he had not been keeping up with his insulin — it was too expensive.Mike pulled through, Santiago said. ...

Ferry hits Brazil bridge, sending roadway, 2 cars into river

America 04/06/19, 17:32

A ferryboat collided with a bridge pillar in Brazil's Amazon region Saturday, causing the span's central roadway to plunge into the Moju River along two cars and cutting a highway to one of the country's busiest ports, authorities said. Para state Gov. Helder Barbalho told reporters that witnesses reported seeing the ...

Berlin housing activists lead campaign to fight rising rents

Business 04/06/19, 02:13

Low-cost housing advocates are launching a grassroots campaign to force Berlin's state government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to fight rising rents in one of Germany's hottest real estate markets.The fight pits two philosophies against one another: free-market companies that see real estate as ...

California chief justice says judiciary is more diverse

U.S. 03/19/19, 15:33

California's chief justice on Tuesday praised the racial and gender diversity of judges appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown and highlighted women in leadership roles in state government.Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye noted that more than half of the roughly 600 judges appointed by Brown are women and 41 percent identify ...

Rio government takes back control of Maracana stadium

Soccer 03/18/19, 17:01

Rio de Janeiro's state government will take back control of the crisis-ridden Maracana stadium and break the contract with its private administrators.Gov. Wilson Witzel said Monday that the group running the 78,000-seat facility owes the state around $10 million dating to March 2017."The Maracana generates revenue," Witzel said. "It will ...

Sports betting bill passes 1st test at Minnesota Legislature

Sports 03/07/19, 15:12

A bill to legalize sports betting in Minnesota cleared its first test at the Legislature on Thursday but faces an uncertain future amid tribal opposition.Senate Tax Committee Chairman Roger Chamberlain's bill passed his own panel on a 5-2 vote Thursday. It goes to the Senate state government committee, but the ...

Update: No charges for officers who shot Stephon Clark

U.S. 03/02/19, 16:15

The Latest on the decision by a prosecutor not to charge the police officers who shot an unarmed black man last year (all times local):1:10 p.m.Two Sacramento police officers will not face criminal charges in last year's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man that brought nationwide protests.FILE - In ...

Update: Anti-harassment group calls for new hearings

New York 03/01/19, 15:44

The Latest on allegations that supervisors at a New York state agency for the disabled failed to respond appropriately to repeated instances of sexual harassment in an upstate office (all times local):3:30 p.m.Supporters of stronger sexual harassment policies in New York state are demanding legislative hearings following an Associated Press ...

Opioids, timber, cancer on Florida Cabinet priority lists

U.S. 02/28/19, 11:08

Attorney General Ashley Moody wants a task force on opioid addiction, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants to help the timber industry recover from Hurricane Michael and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis wants to help firefighters with cancer.While Florida's three Cabinet members can't sponsor or vote on bills, they hold important ...

Q&A: Sexual assault allegations in New Jersey government

U.S. 02/10/19, 08:52

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy looked to put scrutiny over his administration's handling of a sexual assault allegation against a state government staffer behind him last week.But lawmakers are having none of it as they continue their probe into state employee Katie Brennan's accusations of sexual assault against a member ...

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