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Stories with subject: Industry regulation
  • Oregon lawmakers vote to help gay veterans, strippers 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 11:01 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - Oregon is on track to be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.

  • South Dakota regulators hold hearing on Keystone XL pipeline 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 10:42 pm

    PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota residents were split Monday over the merits of allowing the Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state, with some telling regulators the project would be an economic engine but others calling it a grave threat to the environment.

  • The Latest: Oregon Legislature adjourns 2015 session 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 9:07 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Legislature is pressing to adjourn, perhaps as soon as Monday. Here's a look at the latest developments:

  • Class-size, testing extend legislative session in Washington 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:36 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Senate Democrats said Monday they don't believe the Legislature needs to move this year to address a class-size initiative with a multibillion-dollar price tag that has put the new state operating budget out of balance.

  • California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:18 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis.

  • Tentative plan to keep Amtrak running in Kansas and Missouri 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:56 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Amtrak routes across Kansas and Missouri could keep running under a tentative agreement reached in a dispute over federally required safety systems, officials said Monday.

  • California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:10 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use.

  • Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:28 pm

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - In a story June 30 about Palestinian protesters whitewashing a gay pride rainbow flag, The Associated Press reported erroneously that homosexual acts are banned by law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While homosexuality is largely taboo in Palestinian society, there are no laws specifically banning homosexual acts.

  • Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections.

  • US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 2:52 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab.

  • 2 utilities seek change in W.Va. rate calculation policy 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 9:41 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Two utilities are seeking a change in the way state regulators determine the rates that customers should pay.

  • Legislature exempts utilities regulators from info rules 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:14 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Communications between members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority between scheduled meetings are off-limits to the public in legislation approved by the General Assembly.

  • Maine lawmakers headed to potato country 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:06 am

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - Maine lawmakers are headed north to get schooled on potatoes.

  • Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:40 am

    CORDOVA, Maryland - Mike Geske wants a drone.

  • California tax officials slam Blue Shield in audit 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 4:03 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer's stockpiling of $4 billion in surpluses, state tax officials said in a report.

  • On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 11:17 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was "in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources."

  • Wildlife group: Bird ban hurts educational presentations 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 2:51 pm

    DAYTON, Ohio - A recent ban meant to protect Ohio's $2.3 billion poultry industry from a deadly bird flu virus has hampered educational wildlife presentations, environmental educators and volunteers argue.

  • After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 12:19 pm

    SEATTLE - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

  • NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 12:04 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina's legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state's Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.

  • Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup story has photos
    Updated: Jul-04-15 8:14 am

    BOGOTA, Colombia - Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.

  • Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together story has photos
    Updated: Jul-04-15 3:15 am

    WASHINGTON - As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.

  • Regulators pass higher electricity rates for most residents story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 6:10 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.

  • Assembly to consider 20-week abortion ban in special session 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take up bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage for construction workers, as well as state budget votes, in a special legislative session.

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 1:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.

  • Lawsuits challenge railroad's authority to OK oil pipeline 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 11:23 am

    OMAHA, Nebraska - The U.S. government began handing out land to railroads to encourage their development more than 150 years ago, but there are still questions about how much control those companies have over the land.