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Exodus of Incumbents Brings Change to State Legislatures
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Exodus of Incumbents Brings Change to State Legislatures

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated PressMore than one-quarter of state lawmakers whose seats are up for election across the U.S. are guaranteed to be gone from office next year — a statistic certain to grow when the votes are counted from the November general election.A combination of retirements, term limits, redistricting changes and primary defeats — especially among Republicans facing conservative challengers — already has driven turnover in state capitols to its highest rate in more than a decade.More incumbents will lose Tuesday, as voters decide nearly 6,300 state legislative races in 46 states.“There are going to be a lot of new faces in legislative chambers across the country," said Ben Williams, principal for the elections and redistricting program at the National Conference of Stat...
Feds Unveil Plan to Grow Wind Power While Sparing Rare Whale
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Feds Unveil Plan to Grow Wind Power While Sparing Rare Whale

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated PressPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has outlined a strategy to try to protect an endangered species of whale while also developing offshore wind power off the East Coast.President Joe Biden's administration has made a priority of encouraging offshore wind along the Atlantic coast as the U.S. pursues greater energy independence. Those waters are also home to the declining North Atlantic right whale, which numbers about 340 in the world.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft plan this month to conserve the whales while allowing for the building of wind projects. The agencies said the ongoing efforts to save the whales and create more renewable energy can coexist.“As we fac...