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New York halts new ride-hailing licenses in blow to Uber, Lyft

New York halts new ride-hailing licenses in blow to Uber, Lyft

on August 9, 2018, 7:41 AM / in State News

New York on Wednesday became the first major U.S. city to pause issuing new vehicle licenses for Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing services. The City Council overwhelmingly approved capping the services for a year while the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission examines the industry. The legislation also authorizes the city to set drivers’ minimum pay rates. New York’s aggressive move […]

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Virginia declares emergency for white-supremacist rally anniversary

Virginia declares emergency for white-supremacist rally anniversary

on August 9, 2018, 7:37 AM / in State News

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Charlottesville officials declared a state of emergency in the city on Wednesday ahead of the Aug. 12 one-year anniversary of the white supremacist rally that left one counterprotester dead. Northam said the declaration was an “administrative tool” necessary to mobilize the Virginia National Guard and other resources in case of unrest. Virginia State Police […]

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Rep. Chris Collins charged with insider trading, federal prosecutors announce

on August 9, 2018, 7:28 AM / in National News, State News

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday arrested Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) on insider trading charges. Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump, is accused of tipping off his son, Cameron Collins, about confidential corporate information he heard at a congressional picnic at the White House last year. Collins allegedly heard that Innate Immunotherapeutics, a biotechnology company, had received disappointing […]

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Man arrested at New Mexico compound allegedly trained kids for school shootings

on August 9, 2018, 7:24 AM / in State News

The original report came from The Associated Press The 11 children rescued recently from a filthy, ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico were being trained by the father of a missing Georgia boy to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents news organizations obtained Wednesday. The documents say the missing boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was (allegedly) training the […]

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This State Is Impeaching Its Entire Supreme Court, Maybe They’re Onto Something

This State Is Impeaching Its Entire Supreme Court, Maybe They’re Onto Something

on August 8, 2018, 9:10 AM / in State News

RedState West Virginia is the butt of a lot of jokes, some of them undeserved, but there is something happening there right now that could be a useful lesson for the GOP caucus in Congress. The West Virginia legislature has forced one member of the West Virginia Supreme Court from the bench and seems poised to send the rest packing. The […]

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GOP declares victory but Ohio special election too close to call

on August 8, 2018, 7:17 AM / in State News

Republicans declared victory in Tuesday’s Ohio special election in a traditionally conservative district, although the race officially remained too close to call with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. Republican Troy Balderson held a 50.2 percent to 49.3 percent lead over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the election to replace incumbent Pat Tiberi, who resigned to take a private sector job. […]

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Eating Out Takes a New Turn: Bear steals pizza from Tennessee restaurant customers dining on patio

on August 8, 2018, 7:05 AM / in State News

By Alexandra Deabler | Fox News A Tennessee restaurant had a wild run in with a young bear cub who apparently had a hankering for pizza. Carolyn Ball, a waitress at Howard’s Steakhouse in downtown Gatlinburg, said a black bear cub came up from the creek near the restaurant and helped himself to a customer’s pizza.   “Last week, we had […]

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Ohio Special Election hanging on 8500 uncounted votes

Ohio Special Election hanging on 8500 uncounted votes

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

The winner in Ohio’s high-profile special election for a U.S. House seat may not be known for weeks. That’s according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office, which says state law doesn’t permit election officials to begin counting provisional and outstanding absentee ballots until the 11th day after the election, Aug. 18. There are 3,435 provision ballots and 5,048 outstanding […]

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Bell wins over Bob McCulloch

Bell wins over Bob McCulloch

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

A white Missouri county prosecutor who gained national attention in his handling of the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has lost a primary challenge to a black Ferguson councilman. That’s according to unofficial results from St. Louis County. Wesley Bell’s win over St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary on Tuesday means he’s […]

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State Senator Laura Kelly wins Democrat Primary for Kansas Governor Race

State Senator Laura Kelly wins Democrat Primary for Kansas Governor Race

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

A veteran Kansas legislator has won the Democratic primary for governor after stressing her Statehouse experience and fending off questions about her voting record. State Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka defeated former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, former Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty and two other candidates Tuesday. The 68-year-old Kelly has served 14 years in the Senate and is the […]

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Josh Hawley wins the Republican nomination in Missouri Senate Race

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has won the Republican nomination in one of the nation’s most hotly contested Senate races. Voters on Tuesday picked Hawley as expected over 10 other GOP challengers in the race for Democrat Claire McCaskill’s seat. He was the only candidate to have previously won a statewide election and had considerably more money than the other […]

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Gretchen Whitmer wins the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor

Gretchen Whitmer wins the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor, besting two competitors to advance to the November race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Whitmer, a former legislative leader, defeated chemical-testing businessman Shri Thanedar (shree TAN’-eh-dahr) and ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed in Tuesday’s primary. She will face Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOOT’-ee), who defeated Lt. Gov. Brian […]

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John James Wins Republican nomination for Governor in Michigan

John James Wins Republican nomination for Governor in Michigan

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. James is a political newcomer endorsed by President Donald Trump. He defeated Sandy Pensler in Tuesday’s primary. Stabenow is seeking a fourth Senate term and has easily fended off past challengers, but Trump’s narrow 2016 victory in Michigan […]

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First Muslim woman poised to join Congress

First Muslim woman poised to join Congress

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

Former Michigan state lawmkaer Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November’s election. She would take the spot held since […]

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Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer Virtually Tied

Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer Virtually Tied

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer are awaiting results from the state’s most populous county to determine which one wins the Republican nomination for governor. Kobach and Colyer were virtually tied atop a seven-candidate field early Wednesday. Most outstanding results were from Johnson County in the Kansas City suburbs. It has nearly 23 percent of the […]

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Missouri rejects Right to Work

Missouri rejects Right to Work

on August 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in State News

Missouri voters have rejected a right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees in workplace contracts. The vote Tuesday marked a major victory for unions, which poured millions of dollars into a campaign to defeat Proposition A. The right-to-work law originally was enacted in 2017 by Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature and governor. But it never took effect, because unions gathered enough petition signatures […]

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Voters to decide in November whether to raise taxes by $1.5 billion annually

Voters to decide in November whether to raise taxes by $1.5 billion annually

on August 7, 2018, 8:26 AM / in State News

By Bethany Blankley | Watchdog.org Monday was the deadline for all ballot initiatives to be submitted with the required number of signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to be added to the Nov. 6 ballot. One of them, Ballot Initiative 93, would increase taxes by $1.5 billion annually to fund public school education if approved by a 55 percent […]

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Cat Fight Litters Court

Cat Fight Litters Court

on August 7, 2018, 8:17 AM / in State News

A Washington State judge who sued his neighbor because her cat used his back porch as a litter box allegedly persuaded another judge to seal the legal matter so it wouldn’t be public. According to news reports, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price sought a restraining order against his neighbor, Jennifer Tanaka-Fees, after the parties could not amicably resolve […]

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No escape from gas liens for Philadelphia landlords

on August 7, 2018, 8:02 AM / in State News

John K. Ross, Short Circuit: “When tenants fail to pay gas bills, Philadelphia’s municipal utility allows debts to pile up for years without notifying landlords, then puts a lien on the property—effectively making the landlords liable for the debt. When landlords complain, the utility tells them to file a complaint with a state agency that has no jurisdiction to address […]

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Bredesen ad features past favorable comments by Republicans

on August 7, 2018, 7:56 AM / in State News

By ANDY SHER |  Chattanooga Times Free Press Editor’s Note: Bredesen wishes to sweet talk his way into the Senate. None of what he says makes him less liberal…. watch the businesses that suck up to federal and state funding lay before him.  NASHVILLE — Tennessee U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen and Republican nominee Marsha Blackburn are up online […]

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