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Illinois bills seek to legalize, tax marijuana sales to adults

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:02:00 GMT

Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday. Two Democratic lawmakers sponsoring the bills said the measures pending before the House and Senate would allow law enforcement to focus on other crimes and enable the state to create a system for regulating and taxing marijuana sales.




EPA Sued For Withholding Info On Employees Sending Encrypted Text Messages

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:42:08 GMT

A public interest law firm sued the EPA for not turning over records regarding agency officials' use of encrypted messaging applications. The Cause of Action Institute filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday after the EPA failed to turn over any records to the group within the time limits specified under the Freedom of Information Act .




Costco to offer home grocery delivery in 50 cities by the end of 2017

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:42:07 GMT

Costco customers across the country will soon be able to get groceries delivered to their doors, according to the company that will make the deliveries. Shipt, a subscription delivery service, said in a news release Tuesday that it has begun delivering orders for Costco customers in the Tampa area.




Mega Millions numbers for 03/21/2017; did anyone win the $140M jackpot?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:16:32 GMT

The Mega Millions jackpot is now worth more than $150 million as there was no grand prize winner for the drawing held on Tuesday, March 21. That means the drawing on Friday, Mar. 24 will have a jackpot of $151 million with a cash option of $90 million. Along with no grand prize winner, no one matched all five white numbers drawn which would have earned them $1 million.




giveaway: Win a smart home package courtesy of Stringify

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:43 GMT

If you've been piecing together a smart home setup one connected device at a time, you'll be happy to know that Stringify can help you create smart sequences at the tap of a button or at just the right time of day. While you can link smart devices and even wearables, the app's abilities also tie in to online services such as Google Drive, RSS feeds and push notifications.




From the desk of...The a Trumpcarea trap

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:44:00 GMT

What we learned from the latest "score" by the Congressional Budget Office of Obamacare and the Trump administration's "repeal and replace" plan is what we should have known all along. If people have health insurance, they will use more health services - visits to doctors' offices, more tests, procedures and drugs - and health spending will rise.




DMV umbrella group adds tire safety info recommendation

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:30:44 GMT

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators has updated its Best Practices recommendations, instructing its members to include "consistent language" for proper tire pressure and tread depth, according to Michelin North America Inc., which has lobbied for the inclusion. The AAMVA represents officials in states, provinces and territories engaged in the administration and enforcement of driver and motor vehicle laws in the U.S. and Canada.




This spice blend is everything. And it's leaving its bagel origins behind.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:54:21 GMT

At least that's what it feels like these days, with the kitchen-sink bagel topping forging its own identity and showing up in other savory and, yes, sweet applications. "It's funny to see it on so many things now," said Gina Chersevani, a District of Columbia mixologist who owns soda shop and bar Buffalo & Bergen.




DC lawyer sues Trump over financial disclosure form

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:29:53 GMT

A Washington, D.C. lawyer has sued President Donald Trump for not specifically identifying his personal debts on his candidate's financial disclosure form. Politico reported Sunday that Jeffrey Lovitky, a government contracts and health law solo practitioner, has filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.




Jesse Jackson Jr.: Sandi and I are $1.8 million in debt

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:29:52 GMT

Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves after a divorce court hearing in Chicago and meeting with the media March 21, 2017. He was represented by Brendan Hammer, right.




America's most hair-raising airport landings

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:12:14 GMT

Few airports challenge a pilot to the same headache-inducing degree as Aspen, playground for the rich and famous. The approach involves descending into a narrow space surrounded on two sides by mountains and frequent cloud cover.




Judicial Watch Sues Education Dept. for Cover up of Increasing Student Loan Failures

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:12:13 GMT

Judicial Watch announced that it today filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Education seeking records relating to then Obama administration's "coding error" that resulted in masking that most borrowers are failing to pay down their federally-subsidized student loans ). The Obama administration's Obamacare legislation also included provisions that resulted in the federal takeover of the student loan industry, which radically increased taxpayer subsidies of higher education loans.




Steve Chapman: Opioid deaths: Another drug war failure

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:31:34 GMT

Illicit drug use is an old phenomenon, and Jeff Sessions has an old solution: take off the gloves.




Spring equinox 2017: Celebrate springa

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:11:43 GMT

Celebrate the kickoff of the new season Monday with free, frozen treats from Dairy Queen and Rita's Italian Ice . Rita's spring promotion is having its 25th anniversary, and it runs noon to 9 p.m. Monday The company, which has locations in 33 states as far north as Minnesota, expects to give away more than 1 million cups of free Italian ices.




Metro wants to continue discount pass program for American University students and add other schools

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:09:48 GMT

Metro is seeking to extend a one-year pilot program that charges university students $1 per day for an all-access SmarTrip card. Metro wants to expand its U-Pass program for university students, extending the pilot program at American University and potentially signing on five other schools to participate.




Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:05:31 GMT

"SBA Administrator Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses." Small Business Administration Press Release , March 16, 2017.




Federal Health Care Leaders Write Governors About New Direction for Medicaid

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:35:23 GMT

While much of the attention related to health care this week is focused on our nation's capital, all 50 state governors have received a from recently confirmed U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. The letter begins by noting the challenges facing Medicaid.