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2021-10-22 20:11:12
by Dan McCue
Montana Redistricting Commission Deadlocks Over Maps

They only had to divide the state into two congressional districts, but in the end, members of the state’s bipartisan... Read More

They only had to divide the state into two congressional districts, but in the end, members of the state’s bipartisan Districting and Apportionment Commission simply couldn’t agree on which of two proposed maps was better so they advanced two. They’ll... Read More

2021-10-22 16:11:12
by Dan McCue
Issues with DC Metro Expected to Extend Into Next Week

WASHINGTON -- DC Metro trains will continue to run on a reduced schedule through Halloween, the system’s general manager, Paul... Read More

WASHINGTON -- DC Metro trains will continue to run on a reduced schedule through Halloween, the system’s general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, said on Friday. Speaking to reporters during a briefing, Wiedefeld encouraged commuters to use Metro buses as an alternative... Read More

2021-10-21 18:22:52
by Reece Nations
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a... Read More

Virginia Gives Democrats a Test of Black Turnout Before 2022

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University's homecoming football game, many fans... Read More

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University's homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. "Everybody I talked... Read More

2021-10-20 23:18:55
by Dan McCue
Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat... Read More

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. A widening partisan gap in voter engagement and an apparent shift in issue priorities are bolstering... Read More

Two Montanas? New Maps Highlight State's Split Personality

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in... Read More

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country:... Read More

Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state. The maps were approved... Read More

DC Suspends Most of Its Metro Trains Over Safety Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday morning over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week. The ruling promises... Read More

2021-10-18 23:57:52
by Reece Nations
Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas... Read More

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas Secretary of State’s office released explanatory statements for all of the constitutional amendments on the ballot ahead of the election.... Read More

2021-10-18 20:36:37
by Tom Ramstack
2021 California Oil Spill Becomes Call to Action for Environmentalists

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill... Read More

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill discovered off California’s coast on October 1. After a day of fishing 90 miles off the coast, “We were coming... Read More

Top Democrats Woo Black Voters in Virginia Governor's Race

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry... Read More

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will "show... Read More

2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

2021-10-11 18:43:15
by Dan McCue
Indiana Joins Growing List of States That Have Completed Redistricting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana last week became the fourth state to formally adopt new state legislative and congressional district boundaries... Read More

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana last week became the fourth state to formally adopt new state legislative and congressional district boundaries using data from the 2020 census. Only Maine, Nebraska and Oregon beat Indiana to the punch. Indiana’s General Assembly approved... Read More

2021-10-11 18:20:58
by Reece Nations
Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S.... Read More

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily restored a Texas law banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.... Read More

California's 'Surf City USA' Beach Reopens After Oil Spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California beach that was closed more than a week ago because of a... Read More

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California beach that was closed more than a week ago because of a leak of crude oil from an undersea pipeline reopened on Monday, far sooner than many expected, Huntington Beach's city and... Read More

2021-10-08 15:41:25
by Reece Nations
Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., announced Thursday during an annual meeting of stockholders... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., announced Thursday during an annual meeting of stockholders that the company will move its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. Musk is following through on his... Read More

2021-10-07 20:26:44
by Dan McCue
Oregon Leads the Pack in Enacting Congressional Maps Based on 2020 Census

SALEM, Ore. - Some states vie to be the first in the nation to vote come primary election season, others... Read More

SALEM, Ore. - Some states vie to be the first in the nation to vote come primary election season, others grab electoral glory in different ways. This year, Oregon has the honor of being the first state to enact congressional... Read More

2021-10-06 18:06:03
by TWN Staff
Tyson Foods To Invest $61 Million in Poultry Plant Expansion

JACKSON, Miss. - A rebound in consumer demand for chicken is prompting Tyson Foods to spend $61 million to expand... Read More

JACKSON, Miss. - A rebound in consumer demand for chicken is prompting Tyson Foods to spend $61 million to expand its Vicksburg, Mississippi poultry plant. The company said in a press release that the expansion is part of Tyson Foods’... Read More

California Oil Spill Renews Calls to Ban Offshore Drilling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the infamous 1969 Santa Barbara... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the infamous 1969 Santa Barbara spill that sparked the modern environmental movement, and the latest spill off Huntington Beach is prompting fresh calls for an... Read More

Ship Anchor Suspected in Pipeline Break That Fouled Beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anchored cargo ship in the Pacific is not a fixed point — it's different than... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anchored cargo ship in the Pacific is not a fixed point — it's different than parking a car. Even then, with a multi-ton anchor and brawny steel chains resting on the seabed, the massive vessels... Read More

In California, Some Buy Machines That Make Water Out of Air

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched... Read More

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices. The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to... Read More

2021-10-04 13:37:24
by Dan McCue
City of Salem Poised to Become Massachusetts’ Second Offshore Wind Port

SALEM, Mass. - Vineyard Wind, the joint venture seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind farm off the U.S.... Read More

SALEM, Mass. - Vineyard Wind, the joint venture seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind farm off the U.S. coast has entered into a tentative agreement with the City of Salem, Massachusetts and the Crowley Maritime Corp. to build... Read More

2021-10-02 13:39:44
by Dan McCue
Texas Secretary of State’s Office Announces Election Audits

AUSTIN, Texas - What the Texas Secretary of State’s office is calling a “comprehensive” audit of the 2020 presidential election... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas - What the Texas Secretary of State’s office is calling a “comprehensive” audit of the 2020 presidential election is now underway in the state’s largest Democratic and Republican counties -- Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin. In a brief... Read More

Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law Back in Texas Court

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is hearing arguments Friday over whether Texas can leave in place the most... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is hearing arguments Friday over whether Texas can leave in place the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which since September has banned most abortions and sent women racing to get care... Read More

2021-09-29 15:41:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19... Read More

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases rise. The demand on orders for the drugs has increased twenty-fold since mid-July, according to a spokesperson from the... Read More

2021-09-29 15:07:21
by Victoria Turner
Alabama Dental Examiners Agree to Stop Practice Excluding Teledentistry Platforms

The Alabama Board of Dental Examiners will no longer require licensed dentists to supervise the scans performed on potential patient’s... Read More

The Alabama Board of Dental Examiners will no longer require licensed dentists to supervise the scans performed on potential patient’s teeth alignment, a practice which the Federal Trade Commission found excluded cheaper online providers like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co. and SmileLove... Read More

2021-09-28 18:22:09
by Reece Nations
Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican lawmakers in Texas’ state Senate released their proposal for congressional redistricting on Monday. Texas acquired two... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican lawmakers in Texas’ state Senate released their proposal for congressional redistricting on Monday. Texas acquired two new Congressional seats after the 2020 census data was published, bringing its total to 38 seats and 40 electoral votes... Read More

2021-09-28 14:58:07
by Tom Ramstack
California Utility to Pay $1.8 Billion to Settle Claims After Gas Leak

Southern California Gas Company agreed to pay $1.8 billion this week to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents... Read More

Southern California Gas Company agreed to pay $1.8 billion this week to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of the Aliso Canyon area who were forced from their homes by a 2015 explosion and leak at a natural... Read More

As Daughter Sought State License, Noem Summoned Agency Head

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become... Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the... Read More

California to Mail Every Voter a Ballot in Future Elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.  The law makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the... Read More

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