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State lawmakers will begin using the latest census data to redraw legislative and congressional district lines in an attempt to help the majority party maintain control. New district lines will be used in 2022.
A small company in Franklinton is trying to convert old tires into oil, syngas and other commodities that could be used to power a variety of things. The company’s first aim is to use it to mine cryptocurrencies.
From 2010 to 2018, Black and Latino people accounted for 7 and 47 percent, respectively, of jail bookings in Orange County, despite being just 2 and 35 percent of the county’s population.
State Sen. Mona Das has proposed a bill that would increase the requirements of post-consumer-use recycled contents, limit the use of plastic utensils and straws and ban the use of plastic foam.
An unexpected resignation has forced the Pennsylvania city to fill two IT department lead positions. The city has enacted an emergency declaration to contract directly with Bedrock Technology, which will cover IT services in the meantime.
The pandemic put thousands of employees out of work, but Amazon doubled its workforce in California’s capital city to accommodate increased delivery demands. It is now the fourth leading nongovernment employer in the area.
To maintain the revenue from the gas tax even as vehicles transition away from gasoline, a bill would require fuel-efficient vehicles to pay a fee for every mile they drive starting in 2026.
Lawmakers expected to have to make drastic cuts and enact furloughs when the session began in January. But with the $1.35 billion bailout from federal relief funds, the Legislature could approve the $31.2 billion budget.
The Internet law may be the first of its kind and aims to connect the 40 percent of households that have incomes of less than $30,000 a year and the 34 percent of Black households that don’t have Internet at home.
The bill would allow consumers to sue big companies for data privacy violations and has received bipartisan support. Big businesses are those with at least $50 million in revenue and collect data from more than 50,000 residents.
Democratic and Republican states have sparred over COVID-19 regulations since the pandemic began more than a year ago. But the state competitions overshadow the fact that the nation, overall, should have fared better.
There has been a significant decline in carjackings, robberies and shootings since the launch of a controversial surveillance project six years ago. But it’s unclear if the decrease was a direct result of the program.
  • Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Emory University, regarding the 80 percent decline in COVID-related hospitalizations of older Americans as vaccinations increase. Senior citizens have accounted for 8 in 10 COVID-related deaths since the virus arrived in the U.S. Officials are now hoping that widespread vaccination will continue among other age groups. (Associated Press — April 22, 2021)
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City officials may use some of the $115 million it will receive from the state to restore or reimagine public transit usage to increase access and efficiency. But the public must buy in for the investment to pay off.
While research shows that more diverse juries come to fairer decisions than homogenous ones, a survey found that most Washington juries lacked diversity. Officials are working to change that.
The Colorado city is considering a $1 hourly fee for those who charge their electric vehicles at city-owned charging stations. The fee will help pay for the cost of owning and maintaining the stations.
If 60 percent of the county’s residents get at least one dose by May 11, public health officials will change the mask mandate to a recommendation. If COVID numbers worsen, the county will reinstate the mandate.
Despite the dry conditions, Gavin Newsom has not yet declared an official drought emergency. Many believe that the recall threat against the governor is preventing the declaration.
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The number of House Republicans who have pledged to reject donations from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple and Twitter.
The amount that Democratic lawmakers have proposed to convert America's fleet of school buses to electric vehicles as a way to improve children’s health. School buses carry approximately 25 million children each day.
The estimated number of Connecticut children in grades K-12 that currently have religious exemptions from immunization requirements. A recently proposed bill that would end the state’s religious exemption starting in the 2022-23 school year passed the House of Representatives after 16 hours of debate and now awaits action from the Senate.
72
The number of Arkansas state Representatives who voted to pass a bill that would amend current state law and allow teachers in public schools to teach creationism as a part of the curriculum. All 72 of the representatives that approved the legislation are Republican. The state is likely to face legal challenges if the bill becomes law.
147
The number of mass shootings in 2021 as of April 16, according to the Gun Violence Archive. To be considered a mass shooting, there must be a minimum of four gunshot victims. April 16 was only the 106th day of the year.
The estimated number of homeless people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Seattle, Wash., since the pandemic began; 22 have died. More than 100 shelters and service sites in the area have had coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest bid amount for a Colorado license plate that reads: ISIT420. The state is auctioning off 14 cannabis-themed license plates, including plates that read BONG, GANJA, TEGRIDY and HASH, as a fundraiser for the state’s Disability Funding Committee. Bids are being collected until 4:20 PM on April 20.
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The number of candidates vying to fill the spot of the late Texas Rep. Ron Wright, a Republican who died of COVID-19 in February. The special election to fill the Congressional seat will take place on May 1.
The amount that Uber Technologies Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc., and Walgreens Inc., have put into a fund to provide free ride-hail trips to COVID-19 vaccination sites across the U.S. for those without access to transportation.
The number of acceptance emails that the University of Kentucky accidentally sent out to high school seniors for a program that usually only accepts about 36 students per year. Some of the students who received the acceptance letter claimed to have never applied to, visited or went onto the website for the university. The university apologized for the mistake and said it was due to a “technical issue.”
The amount of money that was hidden somewhere in Maine by a couple to celebrate the state’s 200 years of statehood. The money is the reward to an elaborate treasure hunt that includes solving a secret, a riddle and a puzzle, and encourages residents to explore the state.
The number of Americans in 36 states who signed up for federally sponsored health-care plans between Feb. 15 and March 31 under the Special Enrollment Period that was reopened by the Biden administration.
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