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    California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars


    Brown offers plan to cut car pollution

    SACRAMENTO — Governor Jerry Brown has outlined a $2.5 billion plan to help Californians buy electric vehicles and expand the network of charging stations as part of a goal of getting 5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2030. The number of zero-emission cars would be a nearly 15-fold increase over the 350,000 already on California’s roads. The $2.5 billion in spending that Brown proposed Friday still needs legislative approval. The governor, in his last term, is seeking to perpetuate his environmental record. (AP)


    Governor opposes tougher gun laws

    BENTON — Governor Matt Bevin said school shootings are a ‘‘cultural problem’’ that requires more study, but the Republican made it clear that he won’t sign laws that restrict guns. He spoke Friday as preparations were being made for the funerals of two 15-year-old children who were killed by a classmate Tuesday at Marshall County High School. A 15-year-old boy is being held on murder and assault charges in the case. A bill was filed in the state Legislature after the latest killings that would allow the state’s public schools and colleges to hire armed guards. (AP)


    Officials apologize for crude remarks

    COLUMBUS — Two Republican state lawmakers have apologized for offensive remarks they made during a top House staffer’s going-away party that made light of recent sexual misconduct scandals and disparaged female lawmakers. Representative Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati, and Senator Matt Huffman, of Lima, separately expressed regret Friday for vulgar and derogatory jokes made Tuesday at the farewell celebration for House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe. (AP)

    Condemned man called opioid victim


    COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor John Kasich should consider his fight against the state’s opioid epidemic when deciding whether to spare a condemned killer whose life spiraled out of control after becoming addicted to painkillers, say attorneys trying to stop the killer’s execution less than three weeks from now. Death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts was doing fine until he was inappropriately prescribed painkillers for a work injury in the mid-1990s, the attorneys said. (AP)