- Lawyer: Proposed regulations could prevent wind project Updated: Oct-06-15 1:16 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - An attorney representing an energy company planning a wind farm in Lancaster and Gage counties said proposed regulations may prevent the project from happening.
- FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth Updated: Oct-06-15 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON - Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.
- After coal plant outage, utility challenged over charges Updated: Oct-06-15 12:32 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - NorthWestern Energy makes its case to state regulators Tuesday in a dispute over at least $8.5 million that the utility collected from Montana customers after a 2013 power plant outage forced it to buy electricity on the open market.
- House committee approves bill to allow open carry of guns Updated: Oct-06-15 12:22 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Licensed gun owners would be able to openly carry their weapons in public under a bill approved by a House committee.
- Utility regulator: Member can keep voting on Kemper Updated: Oct-06-15 11:48 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Lynn Posey and his fellow public service commissioners say Posey can keep voting on rate increases for Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County power plant.
- Correction: Invasive Species-Lawsuit story Updated: Oct-06-15 11:39 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - In a story Oct. 5 about a federal appeals court ordering the government to rewrite regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that challenged the rules. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council.
- Groups form alliance to tackle climate change by initiative Updated: Oct-06-15 10:38 am
SEATTLE - A broad coalition of groups says it's launching an initiative effort to tackle climate change in Washington.
- Vermont Law School awarded grant of over $728K Updated: Oct-06-15 6:59 am
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vermont - Officials say The Vermont law School is receiving more than $728,000 to support innovative legal resources for farmers, food entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers
- Southwest Washington pot shops remain optimistic about sales Updated: Oct-06-15 6:11 am
VANCOUVER, Washington - Owners of marijuana dispensaries in southwest Washington are waiting to see the long-term impact that Oregon's legalization of recreational marijuana sales has on business.
- New Medicaid plan to get first public hearing Tuesday Updated: Oct-06-15 5:06 am
SALT LAKE CITY - A new plan to help more of Utah's poor get health insurance is scheduled to get its first public hearing Tuesday after GOP officials spent the summer hammering it out behind closed doors.
- Gov. Brown signs California right-to-die measure Updated: Oct-06-15 4:03 am
SACRAMENTO, California - In a rare personal message, California's 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice.
- Purchased natural gas rates fall for West Virginia customers Updated: Oct-06-15 3:10 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia residential customers will pay less for natural gas following an adjustment of utility rates.
- US mine regulators stepping up safety efforts in October Updated: Oct-06-15 3:05 am
ARLINGTON, Virginia - Federal regulators are increasing safety efforts at the nation's mines this month.
- Montgomery County scheduled to act on lawn pesticides bill Updated: Oct-06-15 2:16 am
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to take action on a bill relating to pesticide use on lawns.
- Massachusetts could ban talking on cellphones while driving Updated: Oct-06-15 2:10 am
BOSTON - Holding a cellphone to an ear to make a call while operating a car in Massachusetts could get drivers pulled over and fined under legislation up for a public hearing at the Statehouse.
- As daily fantasy eschews 'gambling' label, scrutiny grows Updated: Oct-05-15 9:17 pm
LAS VEGAS - Stock market traders and chess players - that's who's playing DraftKings, according to CEO Jason Robins, who told a crowd of casino executives last week in Las Vegas that fewer than 15 percent of the players on his site make wagers in traditional sports books.
- Statehouse hearing scheduled on transgender rights bills Updated: Oct-05-15 8:32 pm
BOSTON - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is among those planning to testify at a public hearing on a pair of bills that would extend non-discrimination protections to transgender people in public spaces in Massachusetts.
- Desert tortoise no longer candidate for federal protection Updated: Oct-05-15 8:19 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - The Sonoran desert tortoise is not at risk for extinction and will no longer be listed as a candidate for Endangered Species Act protections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.
- Regulators must decide how much solar power is worth Updated: Oct-05-15 6:43 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Public Service Commission will hear public comments Tuesday on a plan to mandate that utilities pay solar panel owners for power they generate.
- VW pollution test site under scrutiny amid cheating scandal Updated: Oct-05-15 6:38 pm
OXNARD, California - When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside was cleaner than in the surrounding strawberry fields.
- Supreme Court rejects San Jose appeal over Athletics' move Updated: Oct-05-15 6:21 pm
OAKLAND, California - The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the city of San Jose in its bid to lure baseball's Athletics from Oakland to the South Bay.
- Lineup release raises questions about daily fantasy contests Updated: Oct-05-15 6:02 pm
An early release of lineup information in a DraftKings contest is raising questions about the transparency of the burgeoning daily fantasy industry.
- North Carolina legislation answers local fracking moratoria Updated: Oct-05-15 5:50 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The last bill the North Carolina General Assembly approved before adjourning this year was designed to stop local governments from trying to delay or restrict fracking in their own backyards.
- Lawmakers continue studying broadband options for Idaho Updated: Oct-05-15 5:44 pm
BOISE, Idaho - School districts in Idaho should continue securing their own Internet rather than relying on a statewide system, an Internet provider told lawmakers Monday.
- Drugs, guns, conservation among proposed Maine legislation Updated: Oct-05-15 5:36 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers and state agencies in Maine have submitted more than 400 requests for bills for the upcoming legislative session, including proposals to fight the state's heroin and opiate epidemic, alter gun laws and protect popular land conservation programs currently frozen by Gov. Paul LePage.