Muncie woman uses Hoosier-made craft beer to make cupcakes

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – Sitting discretely in the back booth of a brewery, Laura Turvey is in her element. No, she’s not a food critic, but her methods kind of make her feel like one. She’ll come to a brewery unannounced, equipped with a creative spark and her son’s “Angry…

Historic Fremont Opera House gets red tagged

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) – The Fremont Opera House has a long history in Fremont. The five-story building on Broad Street, then known as Love Larson Opera House, held its grand opening show on Dec. 14, 1888. It was also the first building in Fremont to be named to the National…

Minnesota social worker tries auto repair to tackle poverty

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – There’s not a lot of overlap in the skills of social workers and car mechanics, but that didn’t stop one Twin Cities social worker from opening an auto repair garage. The Minnesota Public Radio reports that Cathy Heying launched her new career five years …

Deer farmers raise unusual livestock in Brown County

BATH, S.D. (AP) – This time of year his farm can be pretty boring, Chris Kassube said. The fences on his Bath-area farm stretch higher than most, 10 feet toward the dull sky. And they hold what most South Dakotans are only used to seeing in the wild: about 60…

Iowa students learn about life, death on farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Squeals and screams erupt as Ibby Rodgers and Zoie Wagner carry their new pigs into a barn on Des Moines’ south side. The feeder pigs, each roughly the size of a corgi, are the latest arrivals at the Des Moines Public Schools’ teaching farm. Over…

Walker inmates find inspiration, communication through music

ROCK SPRING, Ga. (AP) – Holly Mulcahy stands with her violin, her back to the wall of the gym at Walker State Prison in Rock Spring, Georgia. Next to her is Mary Corbett with her violin. Between them and 128 inmates serving time for a host of crimes big and…

Recovery group marshals cash, volunteers to help homeowners

HAMMOND, La. (AP) – Leslie Garon pressed her right hand to her chest and choked back tears as she addressed more than a dozen green-shirted volunteers in her living room earlier this month. “From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate every one of y’all,” she said. “You gave me…

Regulators: Utilities must pass along tax overhaul savings

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved an order requiring utilities including to pass along their federal tax overhaul savings to customers. The order approved Thursday requires each utility to credit consumers with the estimated savings beginning with their next billing cycle. The tax overhaul passed last…

Officials say postal worker hoarded over 17K pieces of mail

NEW YORK (AP) – A postal worker who prosecutors say hoarded away more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver. But officials say Aleksey Germash told them he “made sure to deliver…

NY nixes natural gas pipeline expansion permit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York regulators have denied a permit for a pipeline expansion designed to increase natural gas deliveries to New York City. The Northeast Supply Enhancement project proposes to expand the Transco pipeline, which extends from Texas to the Northeast coast. It would include installation of 17…

The Latest: FAA orders inspections of more jet engines

The Latest on the plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local): 5:18 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered inspections of more jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines plane. The agency says its…

The Latest: Governor vetoes 10 bills, wants teacher pay hike

PHOENIX (AP) – The Latest on Arizona teachers’ threat to strike and the governor’s reaction (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed 10 pieces of legislation to send a message to the Legislature that he wants them to send him a state budget that boosts teacher…

FAA orders inspections of more jet engines like the one in fatal Southwest accident.

NYC paid $4.7 million in sex harassment claims over 4 years

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are releasing data showing that the city settled 32 sexual harassment cases for $4.7 million over a four-year period ending last year. The figures released Friday also show that city employees filed 1,312 sexual harassment complaints from the end of 2013 to…

Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he’ll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list…

Candidate buys ads on Sinclair TV stations to blast company

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A Democratic candidate for Montana’s U.S. House seat is using Sinclair Broadcast Group’s own television stations to blast the company for forcing its reporters to read the conservative-leaning corporation’s statements on air. John Heenan bought airtime starting Monday for an ad on Sinclair-owned stations KECI-TV in…

Wrangling invasive phragmites around Utah lakes is dirty job

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) – The muddy marshes and tall grasses stretch on nearly as far as the eye can see, with the wind-swept terrain, bugs and birds occupying thousands of acres. Paul Etcheverry shakes his head. “To get out there, it’s wicked. You don’t know what’s out there. It’s like…

2 northern Utah families describe dealing with autism

OGDEN, Utah (AP) – Haiden McCaig likes all of the airplanes at the Hill Aerospace Museum. Like humans, there’s something special about each. “They are all unique in their own way,” Haiden, 12, said. Kenzie Schelin, 8, loves her animals. She has ducks, chickens, goats and two pigs at her…

Woman who lost pink house, court case seeks box office win

WASHINGTON (AP) – Susette Kelo’s Supreme Court case now has a Hollywood ending, just not the one she hoped for. What Kelo wanted when she took her case to the high court more than a decade ago was to get to stay in her little pink house in New London,…

EPA head showed penchant for travel, drivers even before DC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Scott Pruitt’s penchant for travel and concerns about security were notable even before he became head of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to newly obtained records that show that as Oklahoma’s attorney general he frequently traveled out-of-state for appearances before conservative groups and used an office…

Vermont Senate overrides Scott’s veto of chemical bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The Vermont Senate has voted to override Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would give Vermont more power to regulate children’s products containing unsafe chemicals. The Senate voted 22 to 8 to override Scott’s veto on Thursday. Scott had written in a veto…

South Burlington officials consider plans for airport hotel

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Officials in South Burlington are reviewing plans for a hotel at Burlington International Airport. The Burlington Free Press reports developers presented a proposal earlier this week to the South Burlington Development Review Board. The proposed five-story hotel would sit at the airport’s main entrance. Alpha…

Town settles with family of woman lost during field trip

TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut town has agreed to pay a settlement to the family of a woman with Down syndrome who was left behind when her educational group went on a field trip. The Connecticut Post reports the 20-year-old woman was part of a school-run group for young…

Group dedicates 50th wooden bridge built for flood survivors

IVYDALE, W.Va. (AP) – A disaster response group says it has completed its 50th private bridge in West Virginia as part of a rebuilding project after severe flooding in recent years. The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, and its partners celebrated the milestone Thursday in the…

Virginia to receive nearly $10M to fight opioid crisis

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia will receive nearly $10 million in federal grant money to help combat the opioid crisis. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday its second year of funding through the Opioid State Targeted Response program. Virginia is getting $9.76 million. A press …

Pence visiting North Carolina campaigning for GOP, tax law

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is coming to North Carolina for some Republican fundraising and promoting President Trump’s tax overhaul law. Pence is slated to arrive late Friday morning in Greensboro. There he’ll make an appearance at a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, who is seeking…

Kansas bars, restaurants work to address harassment

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Often when she’s on the clock as a server at Buffalo Wild Wings, 19-year-old Alix Caldwell is told she’s “hot” or “sexy.” Customers ask her, “Do you have a man?” And a few have even tried to take off her engagement ring. More than once, she…

Kansas man gives back to community through soup

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – In 2016, Walter Clemons had a heart attack. God saved his life, he said, so now he’s giving back, one pot of soup at a time. “It’s a blessing to be able to help them,” Clemons told The Wichita Eagle . “It just does something for…

The Latest: Arizona House Democrats support walkout vote

PHOENIX (AP) – The Latest on Arizona teachers protesting for higher pay and increased school funding (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios released a statement supporting the planned teacher walkout. Rios called the walkout “brave and righteous.” Arizona teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the…

A guide to the May 8 primary election in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Candidates in West Virginia’s May 8 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party’s nominations for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the Legislature. Early voting in West Virginia runs from April 25 through May 5. Here is a summary of those races:…