- The Latest: Pope urges making Mexico 'land of opportunity' Updated: Feb-14-16 2:13 pm
MEXICO CITY - The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):
- Idaho increasingly saying 'no' to local government control Updated: Feb-14-16 2:04 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho lawmakers are reminding cities and counties that they don't always have local control over imposing restrictions on businesses and citizens.
- Michigan city struggles over whether to buy GM or Ford Updated: Feb-14-16 1:49 pm
BAY CITY, Michigan - A city that has been home to a General Motors factory for nearly a century is struggling over whether to buy less expensive Ford Motor SUVs for the police department.
- 1930s electricity co-ops take Internet initiative Updated: Feb-14-16 1:06 pm
DENVER - When sisters Caroline Clark and Dianne Rissman set up their quilt shop in the house on their family farm in Iowa 2004, vendors they would call about fabric or thread would helpfully tell them it would be easier to order on line.
- Grand Marais puts brakes on possible Dollar General store Updated: Feb-14-16 12:50 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - The Lake Superior community of Grand Marais (muh-RAY') has put the brakes on a potential move by a national discount retailer to move into the scenic tourist town.
- Bismarck tightens ordinance to ban theater beer, wine sales Updated: Feb-14-16 12:31 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Bismarck officials have tightened a city liquor ordinance to exclude serving wine and beer in movie theaters.
- Uber, Lyft look to Missouri lawmakers to bypass city rules Updated: Feb-14-16 12:03 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - While Missouri lawmakers have delayed regulating app-based car services such as Uber and Lyft, cities have imposed their own rules, taking approaches the ride-hailing companies portray as misguided and burdensome.
- Development plan for downtown Eugene hits snag with deed Updated: Feb-13-16 3:09 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - A plan by a private entity to buy and develop an open area in downtown Eugene containing a statue of writer Ken Kesey is being complicated by a deed restricting the area to public use.
- Former island police chief wants hearing in appeal of firing Updated: Feb-13-16 10:27 am
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio - A fired Ohio island police chief is asking a court for a hearing in the appeal over his firing.
- Alabama among many states moving to block local wage laws Updated: Feb-13-16 10:27 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Proposed legislation to block Alabama cities from establishing local minimum wages could derail plans for an hourly minimum of $10.10 in the state's largest city and follows a pattern of state legislatures considering measures to override the efforts of local governments.
- CUNY to honor Rochester's Mayor Warren on Saturday Updated: Feb-13-16 8:56 am
ALBANY, New York - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is being honored in Albany this weekend.
- Information freeze thaws after injunction on election law Updated: Feb-13-16 4:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - An information freeze on local and school officials is thawing after a federal judge put a preliminary injunction on a new Michigan election law that critics called a "gag order."
- State DOT Receives 99 Applications for bridge funds Updated: Feb-13-16 2:15 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it has received 99 applications for Bridge Improvement Grant funds.
- Mayor Jim Kenney appoints new head of black male initiative Updated: Feb-12-16 6:40 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed Jack Drummond as his liaison on issues affecting young men of color.
- Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.
- Flint police, fire chiefs out as mayor starts restructuring Updated: Feb-12-16 5:42 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The heads of Flint's police and fire departments are out of those jobs.
- Kansas City proposes $10M plan to demolish empty buildings Updated: Feb-12-16 5:39 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant houses and buildings in struggling neighborhoods in the next two years.
- Colorado's newest pot shop tied to strip club and mayor Updated: Feb-12-16 4:44 pm
GLENDALE, Colorado - Colorado's newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver.
- DOJ, Miami police near settlement in civil rights case Updated: Feb-12-16 3:12 pm
MIAMI - The U.S. Justice Department and city of Miami are close to a settlement in a civil rights case stemming from questionable police shootings from 2008 to 2011.
- Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years Updated: Feb-12-16 2:23 pm
MADRID - The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages because for years he actually didn't work at all.
- Longtime Sioux Falls councilman won't seek fourth term Updated: Feb-12-16 11:32 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - One of the longest-serving elected officials in Sioux Falls history says he will not seek a fourth term on the City Council due to health problems.
- Judge: Kansas City convention hotel shouldn't go to voters Updated: Feb-12-16 11:13 am
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A judge has denied a public vote on a proposed convention hotel in downtown Kansas City.
- New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success Updated: Feb-12-16 11:06 am
NEW ORLEANS - From a decline in arrests to a rise in airport passengers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday hailed the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success.
- Mitchell mayor seeking to solve Corn Palace financial woes Updated: Feb-12-16 8:48 am
MITCHELL, South Dakota - Mitchell's mayor says it's time the city addresses annual losses at its Corn Palace tourist attraction.
- Ex-Boston Mayor Flynn says he suffered concussion in crash Updated: Feb-12-16 7:10 am
BOSTON - Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn says he suffered a concussion when he crashed his car into a neighbor's house.