States offer breaks to minority marijuana entrepreneurs

(AP) – Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts nationwide: ___ CALIFORNIA California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. The first retail sales are expected […]

California lawmakers OK bill prompted by slaying of officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has passed a bill tightening parole policies after a gang member with repeated probation violations was accused of killing a police officer near Los Angeles. The Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to send the measure to the state Senate. The bill would require officials to evaluate an inmate’s entire […]

California may require pet shops sell only rescue dogs, cats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they are rescue animals under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 44-6 to send the measure to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell aims to prevent California pet stores from selling […]

Jury selection enters 2nd day in Bill Cosby sex assault case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jury selection resumed Tuesday in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial as prosecutors and the defense seek to fill out a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in a case that has attracted worldwide publicity. A third of the initial jury pool already had an opinion about Cosby’s guilt or innocence, and […]

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs supporting low-income individuals to balance the government’s books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting […]

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday. Much of the cost would be offset by existing state, federal and private spending on health coverage, the analysis […]

Voucher proposals expose rift in school choice movement

(AP) – For two decades, a loose-knit group that includes some of the country’s wealthiest people has underwritten the political push for school choice, promoting ballot initiatives and candidates who favor competition for traditional public schools. But when a member of this elite group was elevated to education secretary, the appointment opened a philosophical schism […]

California lawmakers, advocates react to governor’s budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown released a revised budget proposal Thursday that reverses some of his proposed cuts to education and child care for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here’s how lawmakers and interest groups are reacting: — Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley: Brown’s budget improperly diverts tax […]

Trump: His support for Black colleges remains ‘unwavering’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his support for historically Black colleges and universities remains “unwavering.” Trump sought to clarify an earlier statement that some higher education officials interpreted to mean that he planned to end a capital financing program that helps these institutions repair, renovate and build new facilities. Congressional Black […]

California students suspended for ‘liking’ racist posts sue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a Black student and coach appeared on his social media site. But a federal lawsuit says the district went too far when it also disciplined students who indicated they “liked” the […]