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Alabama governor orders Confederate flags down at Capitol

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered Confederate flags to be taken down from the grounds of the state Capitol. It's the latest move to remove the divisive banner from state capitals, store shelves, license plates and mon ...

Drought-stricken California limits water use by farmers

Water restrictions in drought-stricken California will have more of an effect on some farmers now thanks to a new order from the state water board on Friday. Farmers were largely unaffected by sweeping water restrictions announced by Gov. Jerry Brown ...

Californians urged to rip out their lawns

Would you rather give up your lawn or your shower habit? Can you deal with spray-painting your parched garden green? Can you see the beauty in a front yard filled with cacti and rocks? Low-flushing lavatories and recycled wastewater may not be subjec ...

Calif lawmakers advance aggressive climate change plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years. The state Senate passed pr ...

Nebraska abolishes death penalty with override of Gov. Ricketts' veto

LINCOLN, Neb.(UPI) -- The Nebraska legislature abolished the use of capital punishment Wednesday by voting to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a bill to repeal the death penalty. The legislature voted 30-19 in a bipartisan move to override Ricket ...

California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conserv ...

California Gov. Jerry Brown to raise water wasting fines to $10,000

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced legislation on Tuesday, that would increase fines up to $10,000 for the worst water wasters, up from $500. The Democratic governor also proposed to further empower the abilities of cities and counties to issue fi ...

Indiana gov. signs religious freedom bill, company that doesn't support freedom pulls back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. Indiana is the first ...

Lawmakers vote to make Utah only state to allow firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Utah the only state in the U.S. to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs. The passage of the bill by the state Senate on Tuesd ...

Wisconsin assembly sends right to work bill to Gov. Walker

[caption id="attachment_2996" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers voted Friday to make their state the 25th to enact right-to-work legislation, pushing a fast-tracked bill through the Assemb ...


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