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Migrant crisis: Noem sends National Guard to southern border’s ‘warzone’

FIRST ON FOX — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that she will deploy additional National Guard troops to the southern border later this spring.  This new deployment, Noem’s fifth since 2021, is intended to support Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s efforts to respond to the ongoing illegal immigrant crisis, including through the use of barbed wire and security personnel. The governor is sending 60…

Atlanta bans right turns on red at some intersections, officials say move will foster ‘sense of community’

Atlanta lawmakers have approved a new city ordinance banning right turns at red stoplights in certain neighborhoods. The Atlanta City Council met Monday and passed the new traffic ordinance in a vote of 10-3, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.  “We did it! Thank you to my colleagues for adopting my legislation prohibiting turns at red lights in central Atlanta!” Councilman Jason Dozier said. “Pedestrian safety and…

Kentucky state Senate passes bill trying juveniles as adults for gun-related felonies

More Kentucky teenagers charged with gun-related felony offenses would be transferred to adult courts to face trial under legislation passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The measure cleared the Senate on a 25-9 vote to advance to the House. Senate Bill 20 is part of a broader push in the GOP-dominated legislature to toughen penalties for a range of crimes. FORMER KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S CONTROVERSIAL…

West Virginia lawmakers push to ban smoking in cars with children

Smoking in cars with children is banned in 11 states, and lawmakers are pushing to join them in West Virginia, where more adults use cigarettes than anywhere else in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Senate on Monday passed a bill calling for fines for anyone caught smoking or possessing a lit tobacco product in a vehicle when…

New California Democrat bill would ban all plastic bags at grocery stores

California would ban all plastic shopping bags in 2026 under a new bill announced Thursday in the state Legislature. California already bans thin plastic shopping bags at grocery stores and other shops, but shoppers at checkout can purchase bags made with a thicker plastic that purportedly makes them reusable and recyclable. LOS ANGELES FREEWAY FIRE PROMPTS CALIFORNIA TO RECOMMEND RULE CHANGES FOR LEASING UNDER FREEWAYS…

Board taps current operations head as superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district

The Albuquerque Public Schools board named the district’s current chief operations officer as its new superintendent Monday. UTAH SCHOOL DISTRICTS RESPOND TO ALLEGATIONS THEY CONCEAL STUDENTS’ GENDER STATUS FROM PARENTS Gabriella Durán Blakey will succeed current Superintendent Scott Elder when his contract expires on June 30. Elder has led New Mexico’s largest school district for more than three years. Blakey, 48, has served APS for…

$1.7-million toilet project in San Francisco still not done after 15 months: ‘Why isn’t there a toilet here?’

San Francisco Mayor London Breed is facing criticism over a $1.7 million toilet that was announced over 15 months ago — and still has not been installed in the city.  “The toilet project broke down the minute taxpayers realized the city was planning an event to celebrate $1.7 million in state funds that local politicians had secured for the lone 150-square-foot structure,” The New York…

Kentucky House passes ‘three-strikes’ violent crime bill: ‘Reasserting some basic and simple truths’

Kentucky lawmakers advanced a sweeping crime bill that would require tougher sentences for many offenses, including a “three-strikes” penalty that would put felons behind bars for life after committing their third violent act. House Bill 5, whose lead sponsor is Republican Rep. Jared Bauman, passed by a 74-22 vote on Thursday and now heads to the GOP-led Senate.  “With this bill, House Bill 5, we…

Florida House passes bill banning children under 16 from social media: ‘Kids can’t stay off the platforms’

The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday banning children under the age of 16 from creating accounts on social media platforms – even with parental approval – in efforts to keep children from growing up “hooked” on social media. House Bill 1, which is sponsored by Republican Rep. Tyler Sirois, passed with a 106-13 bipartisan vote. Supporters argue that children are more exposed to bullying…

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