Sen. Rubio: Keep daylight saving time year round
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is filing legislation that would let Florida and the nation keep daylight saving time all year.
The Florida Republican is introducing the “Sunshine Protection Act” and the “Sunshine State Act” on Wednesday.
The first bill would make daylight saving time permanent across the country.
Currently, it runs from
March to November.
Most Americans must set their clocks ahead one hour in the spring and then turn them back in November.
The second bill would let Florida remain in daylight saving time on its own.
Last week the Florida Legislature agreed to make Florida the first state to adopt year-round daylight saving time statewide. But the change cannot take effect unless Congress changes federal law.
Rubio said keeping daylight saving time year-round would benefit the economy.
▶WALMART’S ONLINE SAME-DAY GROCERY READY FOR PRIME TIME:
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40 percent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end as it tries to keep pace with online leader Amazon.com.
The service is currently available in six markets. Walmart is building on its online grocery pickup program that uses personal shoppers to pick items and then take them to shoppers’ cars parked at the curb. It says it will continue to use ride-hailing services like Uber to deliver the goods to shoppers’ homes as it expands the service.
Shoppers pay a flat fee of $9.95 but they are also required to spend at least $30 per order.
Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market last year has raised the stakes in the grocery wars.
▶SNAKE VLOGGER FACES NEW SET OF SCALES OVER ANIMAL CRUELTY:
CASCADE, Md. (AP) — Ten snakes with the potential to deliver a fatal bite to humans were found at the home of a Maryland resident popularly known as “VenomMan20.”
The Maryland Natural Resources Police announced Monday 28-year-old Brandon Joseph Boyles had posted videos to YouTube under that moniker, attracting millions of views.
An investigator learned that Boyles took five venomous snakes, three alligators and a crocodile he owned when he left his job at the Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve last September. In November, he turned in a Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake, prompting a search warrant.
Officers found two dead cobras in a freezer and snakes housed in poor conditions in habitats that could allow easy escape.
▶JUDGE SIDES WITH TRANSGENDER BOY OVER LOCKER ROOM POLICY:
ST MICHAELS, Md. (AP) — A transgender boy’s lawsuit over a policy barring him from using the male locker room at his Maryland high school is moving forward.
The Washington Post reports U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III became the first judge in a Maryland case to rule transgender students’ right to use facilities matching their gender identities is protected by federal and state law.
Russell’s opinion this week says St. Michaels Middle High School’s policy is discriminatory, forcing the 15-year-old to use a separate gender-neutral restroom to dress for gym class. The teen is identified as “M.A.B.” in the suit against the Talbot County Board of Education.
Russell noted courts have stopped enforcement of federal policies violating transgender rights under the Trump administration.
▶SNOW JOKE: WEATHERMAN NAMED METEOROLOGIST RUNS FOR OFFICE:
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A former TV weatherman who legally changed his name to Meteorologist Drew Anderson says there’s a 100 percent chance he’ll run for Congress in Pennsylvania under the new moniker.
LNP reports Anderson is collecting signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot for a run against U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker. Anderson says he’s looking for a climate change in Washington.
LNP says Anderson lives in West Chester but may move to Lancaster if he wins.
It says the weatherman changed his name from Drew Anderson last year and left his job at WPMT-TV Fox 43 in York two weeks ago. Anderson also has worked for NBC affiliate WGAL-TV in Lancaster and as a science teacher.
▶LATE GOVERNOR’S ASHES TO SPEND TIME IN A BAR, PER HIS WISHES:
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey’s late governors is getting his wish: His ashes will spend some time in a saloon.
A ceremony at Healy’s Tavern in Jersey City on Friday will honor former Democratic Gov. Brendan Byrne, who died in January at age 93.
Byrne used to joke he wanted his ashes placed in Hudson County, known for its history of political shenanigans, so he could stay active in politics.
Democratic former Gov. Jim McGreevey is hosting the event at the bar, which is owned by a former mayor.
Byrne’s son says the event will be fun but adds the ashes will have a permanent home elsewhere.
Byrne served two terms as governor in the 1970s. An event honoring his legacy is planned for April 13 at Princeton University.
▶MICHIGAN COLLEGE CANCELS CLASSES AFTER RACIST GRAFFITI FOUND:
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Classes have been canceled for the day at Kettering University in Michigan as authorities investigate racist graffiti found at a residence hall.
The Flint Journal reports that letters sent to staff, faculty and students note at least two recent cases of racist and profane graffiti at Thompson Hall on the school’s campus in Flint.
The university canceled classes Tuesday for its roughly 2,000 students for a school-wide meeting, though the meeting was later postponed. The engineering, science, math and business school says the graffiti reported Thursday and Sunday was immediately removed.