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Stories with subject: Government regulations
  • NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:07 am
  • CARMEL, New York - A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.

  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:10 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:37 am
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:10 am
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products.

  • Initiative seeks to legalize pot in Nevada 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:47 pm
  • CARSON CITY, Nevada - A pro-marijuana group hoping to ride a wave of mounting acceptance for cannabis filed an initiative petition Wednesday seeking to legalize recreational pot use in Nevada.

  • Candidates similar on issues in NC Senate debate 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:40 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The four leading candidates in North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senate primary differed little from each other on issues important to the conservative base Wednesday night during their second televised debate in as many days.

  • Attorney general turns over fracking letter info 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:40 pm
  • GREAT FALLS, Montana - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Wednesday gave a conservation group the records it wanted about Fox's decision to join other states in protesting plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

  • FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:29 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

  • Rewritten bill bans judges' guns in the Capitol 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:16 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A state senator who couldn't persuade his colleagues to let lawmakers carry concealed handguns in the Louisiana Capitol doesn't want anybody else to have guns there either.

  • Kansas joining compact against federal health law 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is joining a proposed compact with other states that hope to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday rejected criticism that the move will jeopardize seniors' benefits.

  • NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:41 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

  • Branson begins study of ban on smoking in public 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:24 pm
  • BRANSON, Missouri - Officials in the southwest Missouri resort town of Branson are looking into a ban on smoking in public.

  • Baldwin: Democrats need to tout health care reform 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:01 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday encouraged fellow Democrats to speak out about the successes of the new federal health care law, which Republicans have ridiculed on the campaign trail as an example of government overreach.

  • Brazil enacts Internet 'Bill of Rights' 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:34 pm
  • SAO PAULO - Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks.

  • Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:29 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner skipped a House ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits.

  • Bill to derail parish 'big oil' lawsuits stalls 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:28 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm launched a new Web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:25 pm
  • ELLIJAY, Georgia - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

  • Rehoboth Beach set to install signs on smoking ban 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:17 pm
  • REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware - Officials in Rehoboth Beach are set to install signs to enforce the smoking ban set to go into effect in many areas.

  • Fracking foes challenge Ohio earthquake assurances 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:13 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A citizens group said Wednesday it isn't taking the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines will protect public health after earthquakes in northeast Ohio were linked to the gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Bill allowing optometrists to prescribe draws flak 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:11 pm
  • PHOENIX - Some Arizona lawmakers and physicians are raising a red flag about a bill that would allow optometrists to prescribe some drugs that is set for a vote in the Senate.

  • APNewsBreak: Grimes wants Keystone pipeline OK'd 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:10 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes called Wednesday on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 other incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

  • ND tribes warn of the environmental impact of oil 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:49 pm
  • NEW TOWN, North Dakota - Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

  • SD board OKs studies on roads, wine distribution 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:20 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A South Dakota legislative board approved two summer studies Wednesday, one on financing for roads and bridges and another to consider alcohol distribution laws - both of which will likely lead to proposed legislation during the 2015 session.

  • Maine nursing homes may get $14 million boost 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:20 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - After years of underfunding that has forced some of Maine's nursing homes to slash staff and close their doors, the facilities could get some relief under legislation awaiting Gov. Paul LePage's signature.