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New Jersey Gov. Murphy signs marijuana legalization bills into law

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law legislation that legalizes marijuana in New Jersey and a measure to address underage possession and consumption. However, some lawmakers are crying foul, saying one of the bills goes easy on underage possession.......

House panel takes another go at DUI expungement bills

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Lansing — A Michigan House panel has pushed new bills through committee that would allow for the expungement of first-time offenses for driving while intoxicated.  The passage through the House Judiciary Committee comes less than two months after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer......

Texas storm leaves damaged homes and high electric bills in its wake

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here A new crisis has emerged in Texas after a winter storm left more than 30 people dead. Residents are now facing sky-high electric bills.  Megan O’Neill, a new mom, is one of those experiencing sticker shock. She was using......

U.S. Nears 500K Coronavirus Deaths, Merrick Garland Hearing, Texas Electric Bills : Up First

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NPR The U.S. is nearing 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, almost a year since the country’s first death from the disease. Also, Judge Merrick Garland finally gets a confirmation hearing, but this time it is to take the role of President Biden’s attorney general. And, Texans who were fortunate enough to......

Texas congressman says emergency aid will help Texans pay high energy bills charged after deep freeze

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “Yes, that’s the current plan with the federal assistance — be able to help the homeowners both repair, because we have a lot of water leaks, a lot of water damage, pipes bursting, but also their electricity bills as......

Texans stuck with $5,000 electric bills after winter storm need help, officials says

Reuters
By Linda So, Jonathan Allen (Reuters) – The mayors of two of the largest cities in Texas said the state should help pay some of the eye-watering electricity bills sent to residents after the devastating and deadly winter storm that caused widespread blackouts. FILE PHOTO: A car idles in a......

State of Texas should pay for enormous energy bills after power outages, Houston mayor says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Workers repair a power line in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2021. Thomas Ryan Allison | Bloomberg | Getty Images Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Sunday called on the state of Texas to pay for the enormous electric......

How $1,400 stimulus checks could be best targeted based on past payments

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Sarah Casillas | DigitalVision | Getty Images A new coronavirus relief bill could give millions of Americans $1,400 stimulus checks. Congress is poised to pass the legislation in March, at which point individuals and families could see the money in......

Some law enforcement could see pay increases, more benefits through Georgia bills

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Georgia lawmakers are considering two bills that would increase pay and benefits for some law enforcement officers. Senate Bill 60 would modify current guidelines to pay public safety officers or their families if they have a heart attack or......

New Mexico bills seek to legalize recreational marijuana

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here After past years of stalled impetus, the New Mexico legislature has four bills seeking to legalize cannabis circulating within its halls. Two bills, which are mirror bills in the House and Senate, are streamlined, while the third is comprehensive......

Australian Open quarterfinalist Jessica Pegula is so much more than ‘daughter of Bills owners’

ESPN
Jessica Pegula surprised even her coaches with her quarterfinal run. It was the 2005 Eddie Herr International Junior Championship and the 12-and-under field included Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Ajla Tomljanovic and Eugenie Bouchard. Pegula hadn’t played in many tournaments, so no one knew how she would handle the pressure competing......

Pegula, daughter of Bills owners, into Aussie QFs

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Jessica Pegula‘s first victory over a top-10 opponent earned the 26-year-old American her first trip to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. The 61st-ranked Pegula, whose parents own Buffalo’s NFL and NHL franchises, held on to beat No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6,......

Florida lawmakers introduce several bills to address fair policing

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Legislative goals: The caucus has filed legislation that would maintain a police misconduct registry and penalize those who make false criminal accusations — dubbed the “Amy Cooper law.” They have also crafted bills aimed at reviewing policies such as police......

Washington state lawmakers weigh privacy, right of the free press in public records bills

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Public data on the pandemic and the mental health crisis it’s exacerbated is at the center of two bills in the Washington Legislature where lawmakers are weighing privacy against public safety. Since the pandemic began, the Washington Department of......

How soon new $1,400 stimulus checks and other coronavirus relief could arrive

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Joe Biden is forging ahead with his plan to provide $1.9 trillion in additional coronavirus pandemic relief. One bit of aid for individuals — $1,400 stimulus checks — could be subject to further negotiation. Meanwhile, another initiative, raising the......

How this child tax credit proposal could give some families monthly $300 checks

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Joe Biden wants to get more money to certain American families by expanding the child tax credit for one year. For those who are eligible, that would mean extra cash could come their way via a refund check. Now......

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