The Latest: Lawmakers OK medical marijuana plan

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on two competing programs Utah lawmakers are considering to allow people to use marijuana for medical reasons. (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

A panel of Utah lawmakers has...

New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national...

Idaho panel backs school's 'Maniac' license-plate proposal

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho lawmaker is once again seeking to create a specialized license plate depicting a hotly disputed Idaho high school mascot.

The proposed plate would portray the Orofino...

Alcohol-control veteran named to lead state marijuana agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A veteran of the state agency that oversees alcohol sales in California was tapped by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday to lead a new arm of government that will do the same for medical...

Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments here have a history of fighting off outbreaks...

The Latest: US, Colombia to team up on Zika research

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the mosquito-born Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain deformities in babies (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

The United States and Colombia have agreed to...

Finance committee OKs dementia bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers moved closer Thursday to passing a bipartisan package of legislation to help people cope with Alzheimer's disease and dementia after the Legislature's budget committee...

Feds say more than 610K signed up for health insurance plans

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Obama administration says more than 610,000 people in North Carolina signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third year of President Obama's federal health care...