Casino Workers Seethe as Smoking Ban Bill Is Delayed Yet Again in New Jersey Legislature

[ad_1] TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bill to end smoking in Atlantic City’s casinos that appeared headed for its first vote Thursday was delayed yet again when Democratic lawmakers said they did not have enough votes to advance it. They also said they would listen to alternatives proposed by the casino industry including enclosed smoking … Read more

Inspector General Launches Probe Examining Decision to Relocate FBI Headquarters to Maryland

[ad_1] The Inspector General for the General Services Administration is probing the decision to locate the facility in Greenbelt, Maryland, over a site in Virginia., according to a letter released Thursday by Virginia lawmakers. The new building would replace the FBI’s crumbling headquarters in nearby Washington, D.C. Virginia’s senators and representatives said in a joint … Read more

Virginia State Senator Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Over ‘Baseless’ Residency Allegations

[ad_1] RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator asked a court Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges her qualification to hold office over what her attorneys called “baseless” allegations that she did not meet the state’s residency requirements. Democrat Ghazala Hashmi has served in the state Senate since 2020 and handily won reelection … Read more

Person Arrested With Gun After Reports of Gunshots at Virginia’s Christopher Newport University

[ad_1] NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A person suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken into custody following reports of a shooting at Virginia‘s Christopher Newport University early Tuesday morning, the school said in a news release. University police said they responded to a student union after students reported the sound of gunshots shortly after … Read more

Some Virginia Inmates Could Be Released Earlier Under Change to Enhanced Sentence Credit Policy

[ad_1] RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials have agreed to give more inmates enhanced earned sentence credits for good behavior to allow for earlier releases from prison. The Washington Post reports that the change comes after the ACLU of Virginia sued the governor, attorney general and state corrections officials on behalf of a handful … Read more

Abortion Access Protection, Assault Weapons Ban to Be Heard in Virginia’s 2024 Legislative Session

[ad_1] RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Proposals to ensure access to abortion and to ban assault weapons are among the first bills and resolutions filed by Democratic leaders in Virginia for the 2024 legislative session. The bills filed Monday also include a proposal to speed up an increase in the state’s minimum wage and a measure … Read more

The Bidens Are Getting an Early Start on the Thanksgiving Week by Having Dinner With Service Members

[ad_1] WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to visit naval installations in Virginia on Sunday for an early kickoff to the Thanksgiving holiday week. He plans to host a screening of the movie “Wonka” and have a “friendsgiving” meal with service members and their relatives. The president and first lady Jill Biden … Read more

Maine and Massachusetts Are the Last States to Keep Bans on Sunday Hunting. That Might Soon Change

[ad_1] PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some states are steadily chipping away at longstanding bans on Sunday hunting, and there’s a push to overturn the laws in Maine and Massachusetts, the final two states with full bans. Maine’s highest court is considering a lawsuit asking whether the state’s 19th century law, which prevents hunting big game … Read more

Defeated Virginia Candidate Whose Explicit Videos Surfaced Says She May Not Be Done With Politics

[ad_1] Gibson, a Democrat whose House of Delegates campaign and personal life were rocked by news reports that she had livestreamed sex acts with her husband on a pornographic website, isn’t ruling out another run for office someday, she told The Associated Press in her first interview since the controversy erupted in September. While expressing … Read more

RSV Is Straining Some Hospitals, and US Officials Are Releasing More Shots for Newborns

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — RSV infections are rising sharply in some parts of the country, nearly filling hospital emergency departments in Georgia, Texas and some other states. To help counter the surge, federal officials on Thursday announced they were releasing 77,000 doses of a new RSV shot for newborns that have been in short … Read more