Municipal governments

In this Jan. 24, 2018 photo, Jessica Chastain talks about the flooding and chemical spills in her Galena Park neighborhood during and after Hurricane Harvey. The Houston neighborhood is a block away from chemical plants. A number of Harvey-related spills occurred near Chastain's home, including the 460,000-gallon gasoline spill at a Magellan Midstream Partners tank farm and nearly 52,000 pounds of crude oil from a Seaway Crude Pipeline Inc. tank. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 22, 2018 - 6:57 am
HOUSTON (AP) — More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America's largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm's environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly acknowledged. Piecing together county, state and federal records...
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Officials investigate the scene where a suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 21, 2018 - 8:22 pm
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Austin bombings (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Authorities say that Austin police approached the bombing suspect in his SUV early Wednesday, banging on his car window. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Wednesday evening that within...
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Officials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in on him, in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 7:05 pm
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018 file photo, New York candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon speaks during her first campaign stop after announcing she would challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination, at a church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In the already tense New York governor's primary race between the two-term incumbent and the openly gay "Sex and the City" star, there's one issue on which the two Democrats unquestionably share common ground and deep histories: gay rights. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
March 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In her first appearance as a New York gubernatorial candidate, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon hammered her Democratic opponent Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the crumbling subway, the "cesspool" of corruption in state government and inequality across the state. But she couldn't...
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March 21, 2018 - 12:05 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Syrian state media and a rebel spokesman say a deal has been reached to evacuate 7,500 gunmen and their families from a town in eastern Ghouta to an opposition-held province in northern Syria. The deal would be...
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Members of law enforcement stage near the area where a suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 21, 2018 - 8:04 am
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Austin bombings (all times local): 6:40 a.m. Austin's mayor is urging residents to remain vigilant, despite the death of a man suspected in this month's string of bombings in Texas' capital city. Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show that...
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March 21, 2018 - 6:40 am
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A property owner in Brookhaven, Mississippi has learned a lesson: Thou shalt comply with city ordinances. Wayne Wallace avoided a battle of biblical proportions by agreeing to take down billboards he installed without proper permits, showing the Ten Commandments and a...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo, the Facebook "like" symbol is on display on a sign outside the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. On a day when our virtual friends wrung their virtual hands about whether to leave Facebook, a thoroughly 21st-century conundrum was hammered home: When your community is a big business, and when a company’s business is your community, things can get messy. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 21, 2018 - 1:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sure. Take that quiz about which hair-metal band is your spirit animal. Share a few snaps of your toddler at the beach and watch the likes pile up. Comment on that pointed political opinion from the classmate you haven't seen since the Reagan administration. Just remember that your...
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March 20, 2018 - 11:47 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's new book, "In the Shadow of Statues," reads like a memoir. But it also has elements of a political manifesto and a treatise on race in America — including reaction to his leadership in removing four Confederate-era monuments from the city...
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March 20, 2018 - 9:50 am
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of a small California city have given preliminary approval to an ordinance that seeks to exempt the city from a state law that limits cooperation between local agencies and federal immigration agents. The Los Alamitos City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to...
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