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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 ...

Texas State Rep. demands Muslims declare allegiance to U.S. on day honoring Islam

Texas State Rep. Molly White has come under fire after posting a charged Facebook message in which the newly-elected Republican demanded Muslims visiting Austin for Texas Muslim Capitol Day declare their allegiance to the United States before enterin ...

Squatters slow Detroit's plan to bulldoze abandoned buildings

DETROIT (AP) — Chris Mathews' crew showed up this month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit's grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their track ...

Colorado Legislators in a Dither over Possible Marijuana Tax Refund

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution ...

NYC economy lost $200M from fizzled storm, transit shutdown decision

[caption id="attachment_31008" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lost about $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snow storm and decision to shut down the transit system, but it wasn't a cr ...


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