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Park funding stream appears to have bipartisan support

- Associated Press

While there's partisan wrangling over Connecticut's next budget, many Democrats and Republicans appear united in supporting a proposal to create a dedicated funding stream for the state's 109 state parks, victims of budget cutbacks in recent years.

New high-tech firms flex political muscles in Massachusetts

- Associated Press

The high-tech whiz kids are starting to flex their political muscles on Beacon Hill, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into lobbying aimed at appealing to state lawmakers and helping craft public policy.

A Sheriff officer stands guard over inmates at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. One of the world's largest jail complexes is located in Los Angeles and within it resides perhaps the world's largest group of inmates whose mental illness is attributed to drug abuse, mainly from highly addictive methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

AP Explains: Can chronic meth use lead to psychosis?

- Associated Press

Over the past seven years, Los Angeles jail officials have seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of mentally ill inmates, a rise the sheriff attributes to methamphetamine use.