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Florida lawmakers struggle with how to respond to shooting

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the state Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Lawmakers have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session and normally are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget in the final days. But the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has revived an ongoing legislative debate about how to respond to gun violence. Democrats want the Legislature to take up gun control bills that have languished again this year, but Republican legislative leaders are talking about boosting mental health programs in Florida’s public schools as well as considering measures that would bolster safety on school campuses. Gov. Rick Scott has said he plans to talk to legislative leaders in the coming week about what could be done to make it harder for people who are mentally ill to purchase a gun. Senate and House leaders also have said they are willing to help pay to tear down the three-story building where the shootings happened and place a memorial on the site. It could cost up to $30 million to replace the school building with a new facility in a different location on the campus. Some GOP legislators wanted to consider a bill to put trained, armed volunteers or school employees inside the state’s public schools. The Sena…

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Trump administration eyes tariffs on steel, aluminum

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The Commerce Department recommended the administration slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imported to the U.S. after a lengthy investigation into the products’ impact on national security. The 10-month investigation determined that the quantities and circumstance of steel and aluminum imports “threaten to impair the national security.” “I am glad that we were able to provide this analysis and these recommendations to the President,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “I look forward to his decision on any potential course of action.” The report foun…

Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session. Normally, lawmakers are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget in the final days. But the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland has revived an ongoing legislative debate about how to respond to gun violence. Democrats want the Legislature to take up gun control bills that have languished again this year, but Republican legisl…

Police: Man's meth lab caused fire in casino hotel room

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Police in New Jersey charged a man with setting up a methamphetamine lab in an Atlantic City casino hotel room that caught fire, causing four floors to be evacuated. Wednesday’s fire at the Tropicana casino injured two people - the man who rented the room and later was arrested and a hotel employee who entered the room after the fire was detected. The hotel worker’s condition was not available Thursday. Police charged Michael Pillar, of Whiting, with maintaining a drug production facility, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief. It’s un…

West Virginia House OKs natural gas revision

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia House voted 60-40 on Thursday to allow drilling for natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners of its royalty interests agree. The bill now goes to the Senate. Supporters said the bill enables a supermajority of a property’s owners to make money from West Virginia’s large underground gas reserves and would give the state more tax revenues and an economic boost. Under current law, a single co-owner can block drilling, though a developer can sue to partition the property and proceed. “I believe it’s important to the…

Campbell Soup’s sales drop, fewer Walmart orders cited

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Campbell Soup on Friday reported a 2 percent drop in organic net sales in its second quarter as a key customer in North America placed fewer orders for its canned soups. Shares of the world’s biggest soup maker fell 1.5 percent, to $46.25, in mid-morning trading. Fewer orders from Walmart have weighed on Campbell’s earnings in the reported quarter and could be a major reason for a decline in sales of canned soups in the US, RBC Capital Markets analyst David Palmer wrote in a pre-earnings note. Organic sales in the company’s Americas simple meals and beverages unit, which make canned soups …