The staggering estimate of this year’s Butte and Valley wildfires places them among the most costly in California’s history. Although home insurance will cover all but $800 million of the losses, the fires have still dealt an economic blow to the rural areas affected by them.
State gaming regulators said unlicensed daily fantasy sports websites, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, constitute sports wagering and banned them from operating in Nevada.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered a ban on guns in most state office buildings and took executive action to bolster the prosecution of illegal gun sales in Virginia.
Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn proposed a series of changes in Delaware’s criminal justice system, which he said would be fairer to some nonviolent and repeat offenders. He also proposed investing in law enforcement and drug treatment, changing how juveniles are treated and closing loopholes in gun crime laws.
Maine is poised to be a leader in the recreational marijuana business because of its success with medical cannabis, said Patricia Rosi, CEO of the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group. She said cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the U.S., with an economic impact of up to $11.1 billion this year.
A federal judge ordered Utah to keep sending money to the local arm of Planned Parenthood amid a lawsuit over Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to defund the organization — at least for now.
Facing a deadly scourge of prescription drug and heroin abuse, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker proposed new limits on how many opioid painkillers Massachusetts doctors and dentists can prescribe to a patient.
The Senate passed a bill that would limit the ability of Pennsylvania’s public-sector unions to automatically collect union dues and political contributions. Supporters argued that the automatic payroll deductions allow government resources to be used for political purposes.
The proposal calls for a 50 percent income tax break for Iowa-educated graduate- and professional-level students who get jobs in the state after graduation. The incentive would increase to a 75 percent break for those willing to locate to rural Iowa for five years.
A proposed bullet train between Dallas and Houston could pump more than $36 billion into the Texas economy over the next 25 years, including more than $2.5 billion in local and state taxes, according to a study commissioned by the private firm developing the project. Texas Central Partners hopes to transport passengers between the two cities in less than 90 minutes starting in 2021.
Idaho has been granted another one-year extension on federal requirements to comply with the REAL ID Act, easing fears that Idahoans could soon be barred from using their state driver’s licenses to go through airport security or enter military bases or other federal installations.
The recall likely will begin this fall after a federal judge agreed to lift a 1997 injunction that prevented Maryland from taking the specialty plates out of circulation.