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California Restores Voting Rights for Tens of Thousands of Criminals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of ...

S. Carolina votes to remove Confederate flag from capitol

[caption id="attachment_41590" align="alignright" width="300"] Gov. Nikki Haley, Rep. James Clyburn, Sen. Tim Scott[/caption]COLUMBIA, S.C. (UPI) -- The South Carolina House of Representatives voted early Thursday to pass a bill that calls for the re ...

Oklahoma governor considers changing constitution to keep Ten Commandments statue

OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) -- A statue of the Ten Commandments will remain on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds while Gov. Mary Fallin considers rewriting the state's constitution to make the presence of the monument legally permissible. Fallin issued a st ...

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 ...


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