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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 ...

California bars judges from Boy Scouts membership

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation ...

California lawmakers pursue right to die legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life ...

New York AG orders retailers to stop selling realistic toy guns

[caption id="attachment_36284" align="alignright" width="300"] The replica handgun taken from the 12-year old shot by Cleveland police.[/caption]The New York state attorney general issued cease-and-desist orders to five national retailers for selling ...

Mo. Black Caucus chairman files constitutional amendment to abolish grand juries

JEFFERSON CITY -- The new Legislative Black Caucus chairman has filed a constitutional amendment ahead of the 2015 Legislative session that would eliminate Missouri's grand jury process. The measure, pre-filed by state Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansa ...

California dismantles homeless encampment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of wealthy Silicon ...

Democrat governor to pardon son convicted of felony

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he plans to pardon his son's felony marijuana conviction, arguing he deserves the same second chance as hundreds of other nonviolent offenders. Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample sa ...

California: Condoms for prisoners

A recently passed law in California makes condoms available to inmates in the state's prison system. Assembly Bill 966 was signed into law this September by Gov. Jerry Brown. Also known as the Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act, ...

Seattle changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

While the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, Seattle will be holding its first Indigenous Peoples' Day. The city council voted unanimously to make the change. It will have little practical effect since Columbus Day is not an o ...


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