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D.C. Statehood Faces Biggest Hurdle as Vote Approaches in U.S. Senate
Political News
D.C. Statehood Faces Biggest Hurdle as Vote Approaches in U.S. Senate
June 22, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia political leaders argued their case Tuesday for statehood before the U.S. Senate, where the proposal faces long odds among Republicans. Officially, the argument focuses on whether D.C. statehood is constitutionally a matter of discretion for Congress. Unofficially, Republicans are warning statehood... Read More

Spanberger Secures Commitment for $22.7M in Projects in Pending Infrastructure Bill
Congress
Spanberger Secures Commitment for $22.7M in Projects in Pending Infrastructure Bill
June 21, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured central Virginia’s spot today onlist of proposed projects areas that will be covered by the Biden administration’s proposed INVEST in America Act.  If passed, more than $22.7 million in federal resources will be dedicated to infrastructure and transportation projects in Virginia’s 7th... Read More

'It Lessens My Bills': $500 Payments Tested in Upstate NY
In The States
'It Lessens My Bills': $500 Payments Tested in Upstate NY

Annette Steele isn't destitute or unemployed. But for a year she'll be receiving $500 per month in no-strings-attached payments as part of an experimental universal basic income program in upstate New York. Places from Compton, California, to Richmond, Virginia, are trying out guaranteed income programs, which... Read More

New York Mayoral Primary Could Help Define Democrats Heading Into 2022
Cities
New York Mayoral Primary Could Help Define Democrats Heading Into 2022
June 20, 2021
by Dan McCue

Will it be one of the moderates or the progressives, and just what will New Yorkers make of their first-ever encounter with ranked-choice voting in a mayoral contest? Those are some of the questions that could be answered Tuesday as voters in the nation’s largest city... Read More

After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval
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After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject the local economy with rocket fuel.... Read More

Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Hot, Dry Summer Looms
In The States
Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Hot, Dry Summer Looms

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation's crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires. But the mighty... Read More

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