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Group pushes to stop south Phoenix light rail expansion

PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Phoenix residents are hoping to persuade city officials to reverse course and derail a planned expansion of the metro area’s light rail system. The Arizona Republic reports the city has already approved the 6-mile (10-kilometer) expansion into south Phoenix with construction expected to begin in 2019. The project will extend the light rail south […]

New Mexico medical marijuana board short of members to meet

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s medical marijuana advisory board had to cancel a May meeting to consider recommending program changes because it lacked enough members. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board hasn’t had a full roster of members for years and that its membership recently dropped to two members, one short of […]

Applicant says she was assaulted by pizzeria manager

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A job applicant to a Connecticut pizzeria is accusing its manager of sexually assaulting her. The Connecticut Post reports 37-year-old Pizza Heaven manager Riza Sahin was charged Thursday with third-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint. A 23-year-old woman says she went to the Bridgeport business to apply to a job, when Sahin suddenly grabbed and assaulted […]

Maine governor endorses Brakey’s US Senate run

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor is endorsing a state senator hoping to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Angus King. Republican Sen. Eric Brakey wants to run this fall against King, an independent. LePage had toyed with the idea of running for U.S. Senate himself. But he declared subsequent rumors “fake news.” The governor said he’ll help Brakey in any […]

Group gets harvester for milfoil on Vermont’s Lake Bomoseen

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — It’s hoped that a mechanical harvester can help reduce the amount of Eurasian milfoil that clogs Vermont’s Lake Bomoseen during the summer. The Lake Bomoseen Association has purchased a harvester for the Eurasian milfoil weed that is threatening to take over the lake, located in the town of Castleton. The Rutland Herald reports that the invasive […]

Pothole-plagued Mound Road gets $98M in US funds for repair

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A metropolitan Detroit road whose crumbling condition is a social media joke is getting a $98 million fix. The Ann Arbor News reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the money for the Mound Road Industrial Corridor Technology and Innovation Project. It targets the eight-lane, 30-year-old thoroughfare between M-59 and Interstate 696. Democratic U.S. […]

Trump disrupts G-7 gender equality meeting by arriving late

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (AP) — President Donald Trump arrived late for a gender equality meeting at an international summit, prompting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to kick it off without waiting for “stragglers” to arrive. Trump created a distraction when he walked in late for Saturday’s breakfast meeting during the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations being held […]