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Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:30pm

Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

Senate returns $7.5B budget that includes 4 percent raises

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:20pm

The South Carolina Senate has approved a $7.5 billion state budget that puts an additional $300 million into K-12 education, covers the state's expenses from last fall's historic flooding and provides $40 million in grants to flood-devastated farmers.

Investor files class action lawsuit in Jay Peak fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:20pm

A foreign investor has filed a class action lawsuit against two developers accused of misusing $200 million in investors' funds for developments in northern Vermont.

Ex-MillerCoors official pleads guilty in $8 million fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:20pm

A former vice president at MillerCoors has pleaded guilty to defrauding the beer-maker of more than $8 million.

Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:10pm

Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.

Utah receives $285K for service projects on public lands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:00pm

Utah will receive nearly $285,000 from a federal grant program for six service projects on public lands involving children and veterans.

Vermont Senate energy bill in limbo; session close looms

Dave Gram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 5:00pm

The Vermont Senate on Wednesday approved another version of a bill that would give towns more say in renewable energy siting, but the measure may have hit a roadblock in the House.

Nixon vetoes Missouri legislation to cap school funding goal

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:40pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Wednesday that would cap the targets state government uses to fund public K-12 schools, chiding legislators for approving a "broken promise" to students he said will pave the way for them to enact more tax breaks.

School leaders protest budget cuts to Wyoming education

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:40pm

A coalition of school districts and other groups have told Wyoming lawmakers that cuts to K-12 schools enacted during this year's legislative session are not fair and are resulting in school closures and teacher layoffs.

Beshear examining validity of Bevin vetoes, other cuts

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:31pm

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear says he is looking into the validity of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's budget vetoes and his mid-year spending cuts at several state agencies.

Whole Foods sales pinched as it preps for new '365' chain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:30pm

Whole Foods' sales are being pinched by rivals as it prepares to launch an offshoot chain intended to court to new shoppers.

Gov. Bentley signs medical marijuana oil bill into law

Melissa Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:21pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed legislation into law to allow medical marijuana oil in the state.

Oklahoma governor signs autism insurance measure, 6 others

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:21pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed seven pieces of legislation into law, including a bill that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism.

On Capitol Hill, GOP muted a day after Trump's ascension

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:01pm

The reaction of congressional Republicans to Donald Trump's ascension ranged from subdued to silent on Wednesday, a day after the billionaire TV personality was all but anointed as the party's presidential nominee.

New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 4:00pm

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Panel: Painkiller training should be required for physicians

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

Doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to undergo training aimed at reducing misuse and abuse of the medications, federal health experts say, though they acknowledge the challenge of putting such a mandate in place.

GM to resume production at 4 plants idled by Japan quakes

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

General Motors is on track to resume full operations at four North American plants where vehicle assembly has been halted because of supply chain interruptions caused by earthquakes in Japan.

Ohio Senate rejects House changes to labor-related bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

State senators have rejected a proposal that would have prohibited Ohio cities, townships, school districts and public universities from requiring the use of unionized labor on construction projects.

Cost estimate of Los Angeles-area gas leak hits $665 million

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:32pm

The estimated cost of a massive gas well blowout that spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months and uprooted 8,000 Los Angeles families has more than doubled to $665 million, Sempra Energy announced Wednesday.

Air bag recall doubles in size, taxes overloaded industry

Tom Krisher and Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:31pm

Prodded by the U.S. government, Takata agreed Wednesday to add up to 40 million air bag inflators to an already massive recall, raising questions about the auto industry's ability to produce and distribute the necessary replacement parts.