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Survey suggests high summer travel; Virginia tourism industry worried about gas prices

A survey from the tech company GasBuddy found more Americans are planning to travel this summer, but the Virginia tourism industry is still concerned that the steady increase of gas prices could still cause issues. “Against a backdrop of gas prices that have continued to set new records ahead of Memorial Day, Americans have been resilient in […]

Lee signs new Nashville hotel tax to help fund Tennessee Titans stadium along with two other bills

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed several bills into law on Wednesday that include an allowance for a 1% hotel-motel tax increase in Davidson County to pay for a new estimated $2.2 billion Tennessee Titans Stadium. Lee also signed a bill that will allow the Chattanooga Lookouts to collect 5.5% of the state sales tax at […]

Hogan implores Maryland comptroller to deter summer gas tax hike

Maryland’s governor is urging the comptroller to think long and hard about the state’s gas tax this summer before ordering any increase. Gov. Larry Hogan is asking Comptroller Peter Franchot to take immediate steps that would either stop or lessen the impact the legislatively passed gas tax. According to a release, the comptroller, through 2013 legislation, is […]

Washington youth will soon ride ferries free, costing the state $2M

Washingtonians 18 and under soon won’t have to pay to use public transit, including the ferry system. Implementing that policy – part of the “Move Ahead Washington” transportation package passed by the state Legislature earlier this year – will take some work, the Washington State Transportation Commission learned. That includes dealing with the fact that […]

Indiana General Assembly overrides veto on transgender sports ban

The Republican-majority Indiana General Assembly easily used its Technical Corrections Day on Tuesday to override Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill that prohibits biological males from competing in K-12 girls sports in the state. Indiana Republicans made good on a March promise to override, voting 32-15 in the Senate and 67-28 in the […]

Maryland parents scrambling to find baby formula

Amid a national shortage in baby formula, safety and caution are being encouraged to Maryland families by a state pediatrics chapter. “For most babies, it’s not dangerous because they can just try another formula,” Debbie Badawi, president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told The Center Square. “It’s really an issue […]

More New Yorkers Ignoring Subway and Bus Mask Mandate as Riders, Experts Debate Value

Mask compliance among subway and bus riders has sunk to its lowest level since early in the pandemic, the MTA’s most recent figures show, as commuters increasingly ignore the transit agency’s mandate to cover up amid mixed messages all around. Just 64% of subway riders covered their faces correctly between April 4-15 — the lowest […]

Why women are owning the podium for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics

Margaret Mac Neil. Kylie Masse. The women’s softball team. Maude Charron. The women’s 4×100-metre freestyle swimming team. Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu. Jessica Klimkait. Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard. Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens. Penny Oleksiak. The women’s eight rowing crew. Canadian women are owning the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. But why? One week into the Tokyo […]

Wyoming is only state so far to change number of state legislators after redistricting

Wyoming enacted new state legislative district boundaries on March 25 when Gov. Mark Gordon (R) allowed the maps to become law without signing them. The bill adds one Senate seat and two House of Representatives seats to the state legislature, meaning that after the 2022 elections, Wyoming will have 31 state senators and 62 state […]

BNSF changes controversial attendance policy

Montana’s largest railroad company is making changes to a controversial new employee attendance policy after receiving pushback from railroaders and unions. But even with the changes, labor officials remain unimpressed and said BNSF Railway’s new policies could lead to unsafe working conditions on the railroad. Railroaders already lead chaotic work lives — one day they […]