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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits
ALBANY, New York, June 19 -- New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli issued the following news release:

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of LaFayette Central School District, Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District and the West Buffalo Charter School.

"In an era of limited resources and increased accountability, it's critical that schools make every dollar count," DiNapoli said. "By auditing school district and charter school finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is ... Show Full Article

House Committee Approves Nelson Bill Addressing Gun Rights of the Mentally Ill
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The Pennsylvania House Republicans issued the following news release:

The House Judiciary Committee today reported out legislation sponsored by Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield) that would balance the right to bear arms with the need to prevent those with mental health issues from possessing firearms.

"The mental health exclusion for possessing a firearm can cause a person or their family to not seek treatment," Nelson said. "We need to remove this barrier to help. Instead, the focus should be on assisting people to get the treatment they need. Once they are ... Show Full Article

DEC Lifts Advisory for Knudson Cove and Continues Watch for Exceedances in Ketchikan
JUNEAU, Alaska, June 19 -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued the following news release:

The Department of Environmental Conservation is lifting the advisory for the beach at Knudson Cove in Ketchikan because enterococci bacteria levels are now within the state's limit for safe recreation.

The Knudson Cove advisory initiated on May 24, is being lifted following two weeks of samples showing the water is consistently meeting water quality standards. Marine water samples have been collected weekly since May 17, for a total of five weekly sampling events this year.

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Colorado Senate Republicans Issues Statement on Signing of Executive Order
DENVER, Colorado, June 19 -- The Colorado Senate Republicans issued the following statement by Colorado State Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, in response to Gov. John Hickenlooper's signing of an executive order (B18006):

"Taking a look at the Executive Order, it's difficult to see if Hickenlooper is the Governor of Colorado or California."

"The State of California's average gas prices, utility costs, and cost of living is dramatically higher than the State of Colorado's, which is why these policies should not be adopted, and certainly not by the overreaching pen of the Governor."

Cape May - Lewes Ferry Earns 2018 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
CAPE MAY, Delaware, June 19 -- The Delaware River and Bay Authority issued the following news release:

Today, Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced that the bi-state service has earned TripAdvisor(R) Certificate of Excellence for the seventh consecutive year! The certificate celebrates and recognizes businesses worldwide who have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor during the past twelve months. Certificate of Excellence recipients include attractions, restaurants and accommodations located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

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Attorney General Kilmartin Bill Increasing Penalties for Bad Contractors Passes General Assembly
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, June 19 -- Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin issued the following news release:

In a major win for consumers who were left financially unwhole by bad or unlicensed contractors, the General Assembly today passed legislation (H7443/S2607) filed at the request of Attorney General Kilmartin that distinguishes penalties for licensed contractors convicted of failing to comply with final orders issued by the Contractors' Registration and License Board (CRLB) based on the amount of the monetary judgment included in the final order and imposes penalties for contractors ... Show Full Article

Attorney General Ferguson Asks Washingtonians to Share Impacts of Trump's Family Separation Policy
OLYMPIA, Washington, June 19 -- Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following news release:

The Office of the Attorney General is requesting information from Washington residents regarding the impacts that they are experiencing - or expect to experience - as a result of the Trump Administration's family separation policy.

As has been widely reported, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a zero-tolerance policy for crossings along the Southwest border. As part of this enforcement policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is detaining immigrants ... Show Full Article