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Delaware governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill

Delaware Gov. John Carney has vetoed a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use. Tuesday's veto came after Carney's repeated concerns in recent years about legalizing recreational pot. Those concerns did not dissuade fellow Democrats from pushing the legislation through the General Assembly. Carney said he supports the medical marijuana industry and agrees that decriminalization was appropriate. But he said promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is not in the best interests of the state, and that questions remain about the long-term health, economic and societal impacts of recreational marijuana use.

Electric battery maker, coal union announce WVa labor pact

An energy startup has signed a memorandum of understanding with the nation’s largest coal miners’ union on a labor-management agreement for an electric battery factory in West Virginia. SPARKZ and the United Mine Workers of America will partner to recruit and train dislocated miners to be the factory’s first production workers. Construction will start later this year. The plant will employ at least 350 workers. West Virginia has lost thousands of mining jobs in recent years. UMW President Cecil Roberts said the agreement is a win-win for laid-off coal miners who will work in the facility, whose location has yet to be announced.

Florida lawmakers take up condo bill in wake of Surfside

Florida would require statewide recertification of condominiums higher than three-stories tall as a response to the Surfside building collapse that killed 98 people. The issue was added to a special Legislative session Tuesday that was called to address rising property insurance rates. Legislative leaders reached an agreement to introduce the measure that would require recertification after 30 years, or 25 years if the building is within 3 miles of the coast, and every 10 years thereafter. The Champlain Towers South was 40-years-old and was going through the 40-year-recertification process required by Miami-Dade County when it collapsed last June. At the time, Miami-Dade and Broward counties were the only two of the state’s 67 that had condominium recertification programs.

Top Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers

Southern Baptist leaders say they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and church-affiliated staff members accused of sexual abuse. The announcement comes two days after a scathing 288-page report by Guidepost Solutions that detailed how the committee mishandled sex abuse allegations and stonewalled numerous survivors. Administrators also say they will look into revoking retirement benefits for committee staffers who were involved in the cover-up. Survivors and advocates have long called for a public database of abusers. One of the key recommendations of the report is to create an “Offender Information System.”

Indiana House backs override on veto of trans sports ban

The Republican-dominated Indiana House has voted to override the GOP governor’s veto of a bill banning transgender females from competing in girls school sports. Tuesday’s 67-28 vote sets up a state Senate vote that would have Indiana join more than a dozen other states adopting similar laws. The House voted in favor of overriding Gov. Eric Holcomb, who said the bill didn’t provide for “fairness in K-12 sports” when he unexpectedly vetoed it in March. The state Senate is expected to vote later Tuesday on the override. Bill sponsors maintain it is needed to protect the integrity of female sports but have pointed out no instances in the state of girls being outperformed by transgender athletes.

Mothers pass torch to daughters in abortion's forever war

Generations of women came together for a Manhattan protest against the U.S. Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. There were women who have been fighting for nearly a half century to hold on to abortion rights; there were daughters who now face the prospect of a long battle to regain those rights. The abortion war would seem to be a forever war. So mothers who joined their daughters at the May 14 protest, marching to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge, were not only raging against the court and its expected decision; they were entrusting their cause to another generation.

Stormy repeat: NOAA predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season

Federal meteorologists say the Atlantic should expect another extra busy hurricane season this year. Tuesday's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic hurricane season forecast calls for 14 to 21 named storms, with six to 10 becoming hurricanes. The last six Atlantic hurricane seasons have been above normal, which is a record. Forecasters look at warmer waters, La Nina, climate change, Africa rains and long-term patterns to make this forecast. Ten other outside weather groups also forecast a busier than normal Atlantic hurricane season. There have been more Category 4 and 5 U.S. landfalls in the last five years than the previous 50.

'Ghost' candidate, 2 operatives face charges in Florida

Two political operatives and an independent candidate who opponents say hardly campaigned and only entered a state Senate race in central Florida in 2020 to siphon votes from a Democrat have been criminally charged. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed election finance charges against the candidate, Jestine Iannotti, as well as Seminole County GOP chairman Ben Paris and political consultant James “Eric” Foglesong in Seminole County, a suburb of Orlando. According to state investigators, Iannotti illegally accepted a $1,200 cash donation from Foglesong. Investigators say Iannotti and Foglesong falsely used the names of others as contributors in state campaign finance reports.