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Alberto, 2018’s First Named Storm, Heading for Florida, Southeast Coast
Meet Alberto, the first named storm of 2018. The sub-tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected to bring heavy rain to western Cuba and much of Florida early next week, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday. Alberto …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:54 PM
Illinois Lawmakers Send Governor Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp
The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp. The House voted 106-3 this week to allow hemp cultivation for commercial use. Hemp is a form of the cannabis plant distinct from marijuana. It does not produce …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:47 PM
Oklahoma Earthquakes Lead to More Injection Well Shut Downs
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division is directing some injection wells in north-central Oklahoma reduce injection volumes and others to stop operations. The directive issued Wednesday comes after the U.S. Geological Survey recently recorded several earthquakes in the …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:46 PM
Michigan Legislators Decide Motorists Need 3-Foot Distance to Pass Bikes
Michigan drivers would have to allow 3 feet of clearance or a “safe passing distance” while going by a bike on the road as part of a legislative compromise that could reach the governor soon. The Senate voted 36-1 this …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:34 PM
Offshore Worker Alleges Bias in Louisiana Lawsuit
An African-American offshore oil worker has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was intimidated on the job by a supervisor who drew a picture of him dangling from a high rig structure while surrounded by co-workers in Ku Klux Klan …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:31 PM
Ohio Homeowner Trying to Kill Weeds Burns Down Garage
Authorities say a Ohio homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reported Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:28 PM
Virginia Governor Northam Vetoes GOP Healthcare Bills
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a handful of GOP-backed bills related to health care. Northam vetoed a bill that would have allowed all groups like the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to pool their members together in a group to …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:15 PM
Southern California Agents Arrested for Fraud
California-based life insurance agents, Samuel Tadlock III, 32, of Eastvale, Marlene Ramirez, 42, of Murrieta, Daniel Herrarte, 34, of Sylmar, and Jorge Lopez Jr., 38, of San Fernando, were arrested this week on multiple felony counts of identity theft and …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:12 PM
Fired Oregon Dispatcher Settles Suit for $75,000
The city of Springfield, Ore. has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a 2014 lawsuit by a dispatcher who said she was wrongly fired after accusing officers of inappropriate conduct. The Register-Guard reported that a joint statement from the city …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 2:59 PM
Hawaii, Central Pacific Could See Handful of Hurricanes This Season
The Central Pacific could see anywhere from three to six hurricanes over the next six months, forecasters predicted Wednesday. That would be an increase over the two named storms last year. Storm activity is likely to be normal or a …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 2:56 PM

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