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Some national parks remain open during shutdown, others close
Some national parks and historic sites across the U.S.
Dec 23 7:48AM cbsnews.com

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to remain open through shutdown
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are remaining open through the federal government's partial shutdown due to an intervention from Albany. A notice on the National Park Service's website says, the state of New York has provided the necessary funding to keep the monuments up and running as usual, with full staffs and a regular schedule of ferries to the islands.
Dec 22 6:46PM New York Post

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to place California wineries, hotels in blind trust
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced he will place his ownership interest in the collection of wineries, hotels, restaurants and other investments that made him a millionaire into a blind trust, a step he said goes beyond anything required by law.
Dec 21 12:17AM latimes.com

Rep. Martha McSally appointed to open Arizona Senate seat
Republican Rep. Martha McSally, just weeks after losing one of the midterms' tightest and most contentious Senate races, was appointed by Arizona Gov.
Dec 18 3:44PM Fox News

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Declares Full Legalization Is a Priority for 2019
News and Trends / Legal Marijuana Cuomo, long a marijuana opponent, said the facts about marijuana "have changed." December 18, 2018 4 min read Governor Andrew Cuomo surprised nobody by declaring Monday that he will push the state's Legislature, both houses of which are controlled by Democrats for the first time in many years, to legalize marijuana for adult use in 2019.
Dec 18 1:09PM GreenEntrepreneur