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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.

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.

Tesla Motors 1Q net loss widens on Model X woes

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:51pm

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. racked up a big loss in the first quarter because of production problems with its new SUV, but investors cheered the news that it's on target to meet its delivery goals this year and bring its new, low-cost car to market by 2017.

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.

Report: Children worked at a few RJR contract tobacco farms

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:20pm

A report about the practices of farmers who sell tobacco to R.J. Reynolds shows that a few growers had children under the age of 13 working in their fields, violating a pledge by the company to ban the hiring of people so young.

Illinois lawmakers urge Boeing not to sell aircraft to Iran

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:11pm

Three Republican congressmen from Illinois are urging the chief executive officer of Chicago-based Boeing to avoid doing business with Iran and not sell aircraft to upgrade its fleet.

Blue Bell recalls Cookies 'n Cream mislabeled Rocky Road

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:11pm

Blue Bell Creameries is recalling select lots of Rocky Road pint packages mistakenly filled with Cookies n' Cream ice cream at its flagship Brenham plant.

The Latest: Company says gunman acted alone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:11pm

The Latest on a fatal shooting at a Texas transportation company (all times local):

Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 3:10pm

A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said.