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Bumpy road ahead for Washington potheads

SEATTLE (AP) — Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition. He's paid tens of thousands of dollars in rent on possible locations for a pot-shop chain, hired lawyers ...

Conyers wants taxpayers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. John Conyers wants President Barack Obama to sanction use of an earlier multimillion-dollar award to Michigan to help pay delinquent water bills of low-income residents threatened by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's ...

Maine governor puts squeeze on welfare, immigrants

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage wants to limit state welfare benefits to those living in Maine legally, a move that could force municipalities to drop some recipients or risk losing government funds. But opponents say the Republican would be ...

Employers worry over effects of $15 wage law

All eyes are on Seattle as it moves toward a $15 minimum wage, the highest of any major city nationwide. On June 2, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring employers to pay at least $15 an hour in the next three to seven years, rep ...

Northern California still contemplating separation from south

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas. The idea of forming their ...

Colorado lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits

DENVER (AP) — The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't ...

De Blasio's next big push: affordable housing

[caption id="attachment_27713" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]NEW YORK (AP) — Now that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items ...

CA Gun Control Legislator Arrested for Gun Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case. People on both ...

More states looking at relaxing pot laws; Christie opposed in NJ

Nearly three months after Colorado became the first state to allow the recreational use of pot, interest in passing laws to legalize marijuana is spreading across the country. Colorado's windfall in tax revenues -- expected to be beyond $208 million ...

SC wants to require some food stamp recipients to look for jobs

After a public flirtation with requiring food stamps be used only to buy healthier foods, Gov. Nikki Haley's administration has decided to take a different course and require more food-stamp recipients find a job. The S.C. Department of Social Servic ...


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