• Hotel tax hike sought for sports complex near Cedar Point

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Backers who want to build a youth sports complex near Cedar Point amusement park are asking Ohio lawmakers to let them increase a countywide hotel tax Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the...

  • West Virginia museums to let military members in for free

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia attractions are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts initiative to offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families. The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country...

  • Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

    Updated: 56 min ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday. The Islamic State group captured Palmyra in the central province of Homs on Wednesday, raising...

  • Cuomo: NY police to crack down on impaired driving

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police across New York state will be stepping up their enforcement over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that State Police and local authorities will increase patrols to crack down on impaired and distracted drivers. The...

  • 2 Lincoln museums to offer free admission to service members

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum are two of more than 2,000 museums across the nation that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. The free admittance...

  • 811,000 travelers to pass through LAX during holiday weekend

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An estimated 811,000 air travelers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the Memorial Day weekend. Airport officials say it's an increase of 6.7 percent over the same holiday period last year. The increase is due to new international...

  • Photo compilation marks milestone for Pure Michigan campaign

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,000 photos are displayed along the Detroit riverfront as part of the state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign. An event was held Friday to unveil the "Pure Michigan PhotoWalk" at Rivard Plaza along the Detroit River. It was done to celebrate Pure Michigan...

  • Legislature approves $7.1 billion state budget, ends early

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up work on a $7.1 billion budget and approved a bond issue for a pop culture museum in Tulsa on Friday before ending the 2015 legislative session one week early. The Senate easily passed a general appropriations bill on a 38-9 vote...

  • TSA urging holiday weekend travelers to plan ahead

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Officials are urging Memorial Day Weekend travelers to give themselves extra time as large crowds are expected to pass through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Regional TSA spokesman Mark Howell says more than 76,000 travelers are expected to pass...

  • House approves new $25M pop culture museum for Tulsa

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after failing to pass a $25 million bond proposal to build a new museum in Tulsa, the Oklahoma House reversed course and narrowly passed a plan to build the facility dedicated to the state's icons of popular culture. The House voted 51-40 Friday to approve...

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