State governments

May 31, 2019 - 11:49 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Computer files discovered in the home of a Republican operative who died last year contain a blueprint for how the GOP could extend its domination of legislatures in states where growing Latino populations favor Democrats and offer compelling context about a related case...
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In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019 photo, Timothy Stromsnes, left, president of the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters, Local 2117 and union vice president Sean Pierce air concerns about the firefighting staff at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Firefighters for Walt Disney World's private government say they're vastly understaffed, posing a safety risk as the 25,000-acre Florida theme park resort grows even bigger this year with the debuts of a new Star Wars land, a new air-gondola system and even more hotel rooms. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
May 31, 2019 - 9:24 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters for Walt Disney World's private government say they're understaffed and that poses a safety risk as the Florida theme park resort grows even bigger with this year's openings of a new Star Wars land and air gondolas. "We just don't have enough firefighters...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, a bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra, a dispensary in Portland, Ore. In an attempt to reduce the marijuana inventory in Oregon, the state is moving toward allowing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to refuse to issue initial marijuana production licenses, based on supply and demand. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
May 30, 2019 - 2:59 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after voters legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers...
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FILE - This July 17, 2018 file photo shows wrapped plastic straws at a bubble tea cafe in San Francisco. On Wednesday, the Oregon House or Represenatives voted to prohibit restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless a customer asks. Drive-thrus could still offer straws, as could health care facilities. California previously passed limits on plastic straws. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
May 30, 2019 - 2:51 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will ban restaurants from automatically offering single-use plastic straws under a measure passed by lawmakers, making it the second state to enact restrictions on plastic straws. The House voted 48-12 late Wednesday night to prohibit restaurants from providing single-use...
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May 30, 2019 - 2:29 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee says he opposes a push by the United Auto Workers union to organize Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in the state. The Times Free Press quoted Lee as saying Thursday that business recruitment will take a hit if employees at the Chattanooga...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 file photo, Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about an expected $300 million-plus surplus Louisiana will have from the last budget year in Baton Rouge, La. Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Edwards, who has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights, is about to do it again. He’s ready to sign legislation that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, when the bill reaches his desk. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)
May 30, 2019 - 2:23 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party. With his signature, Gov...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2019 file photo, immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington. A new court filing Thursday, May 30 by lawyers opposing adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census alleges a longtime Republican redistricting expert played a key role in making the change. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 30, 2019 - 1:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Republican redistricting expert advocated for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census to give an electoral edge to whites and Republicans, opponents of the move alleged in a court filing Thursday. The filing in Manhattan federal court said a trove of newly discovered...
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at an energy summit hosted by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and attended by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 30, 2019 - 12:16 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing "draconian" regulations on oil, gas and coal, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday. Perry made his remarks at an energy conference in Salt Lake City that was briefly interrupted...
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May 30, 2019 - 10:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix blinked first and now other major Hollywood studios say they may reevaluate filming in Georgia if the state's abortion law goes into effect. The state is known for its lucrative tax incentives for filming. WarnerMedia on Thursday says in a statement that the company will...
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A cemetery worker prepares burial sites for some of the inmates who were killed in the recent prison riots, in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Brazilian officials said Tuesday inmates blamed for killing sprees in several prisons will be transferred to stricter federal facilities, after two days of unrest left dozens of prisoners dead and authorities rushing to prevent the violence from spreading. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
May 30, 2019 - 10:53 am
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Authorities in Brazil faced a growing backlash on Thursday after confirming they received warnings of an "imminent confrontation" between opposing gangs just days before 55 inmates were killed in violent prison clashes. Amazonas state prison authorities said they implemented a...
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