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State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Environment
State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
2020-05-26 14:32:16
by Tom Ramstack

Three Mid-Atlantic attorneys general are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce water quality standards to protect the Chesapeake Bay. They accuse the EPA of ignoring its court-ordered duty to prevent polluters in New York and... Read More

Pulling Dollar Bills Off the Wall to Keep Going in Rural California
Economy
Pulling Dollar Bills Off the Wall to Keep Going in Rural California

BISHOP, Calif. — This is a time of year that many rural towns in the Owens Valley usually celebrate — rodeo and fishing season. Normally, tourists from Southern California would be swarming into the eastern Sierra Nevada range, streaming into... Read More

Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote
State News
Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal... Read More

US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other
In The News
US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other

(AP) — Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million... Read More

Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
Criminal Justice
Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results
2020-05-22 19:45:13
by Dan McCue

A former elections judge in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to accepting cash and "other things of value" in return for tampering with the results of city primary elections over several years, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Domenick J. Demuro pleaded guilty... Read More

Dam Disaster Raises Concerns Communities Not Prepared For “Rough” Hurricane Season
State News
Dam Disaster Raises Concerns Communities Not Prepared For “Rough” Hurricane Season
2020-05-21 20:20:37
by Gaspard Le Dem

Thousands of Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on Wednesday after heavy rains caused two dams to fail in Midland county, about 120 miles northwest of the city of Detroit. The breaches of the Edenville and Sanford Dams... Read More

Trump Threatens Aid Freeze for Michigan, Nevada Over Baseless ‘Voter Fraud’ Charge
Political News
Trump Threatens Aid Freeze for Michigan, Nevada Over Baseless ‘Voter Fraud’ Charge

President Donald Trump took a page from his Ukraine scandal playbook Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal aid for Michigan and Nevada if the states allow residents to vote by mail in November’s general election. Trump, who was impeached last... Read More

As All 50 States Start Reopening, Questions on Virus Tracking Data Fuel Concerns
State News
As All 50 States Start Reopening, Questions on Virus Tracking Data Fuel Concerns

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is defending his administration’s reporting of coronavirus data, after a state Department of Health manager said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 tracking data as officials moved to reopen the state. Rebekah Jones, who... Read More

Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
State News
Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
2020-05-20 21:19:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million coronavirus relief package on Wednesday that taps into some of the $1.25 billion in funding the state received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In March, Congress... Read More

All Texas Voters Eligible to Vote by Mail Amid Coronavirus, Federal Judge Rules
2020 Elections
All Texas Voters Eligible to Vote by Mail Amid Coronavirus, Federal Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that all Texas voters are eligible to vote by mail to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus amid the pandemic. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery sided with the Texas Democractic Party in his... Read More

Appeals Court Rules New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary
2020 Elections
Appeals Court Rules New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic cannot stop New York’s Democratic presidential primary, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday — and state election officials said they plan to go ahead with the election June 23. The Manhattan-based 2nd Circuit Court... Read More

Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins
2020 Elections
Social Distancing Leads to Lines as Georgia Early Voting Begins

ATLANTA — Some voters encountered lines when early voting began Monday for Georgia’s primary as election workers kept people 6 feet apart, allowed only a few inside at a time and cleaned touchscreens after each voter. Turnout appeared to be... Read More

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