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New info Up financial creek, Illinois adopts native canoe as 'official state artifact'
The great state of Illinois can for the first time boast that it has an official artifact: the pirogue. [ Find out more... ]

Texas' official sea turtle far below historical numbers
GALVESTON - The nesting season for the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle is ending with zero nests found on either Galveston Island or the Bolivar Peninsula for the first time in at least a decade, although the number rose for the entire coast. [ Find out more... ]

It's official: Harbor seal is R.I.'s state mammal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island now has an official state marine mammal: the harbor seal. [ Find out more... ]

To Honor Prince, Lawmaker Seeks To Make MN's State Color Purple
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota state lawmaker today proposed an official state color for the state:. [ Find out more... ]

House fails to override Tenn. Gov. Haslam's veto of bill declaring Bible state book
NASHVILLE — The state House of Representatives refused Wednesday to override Gov. Bill Haslam's veto of a controversial bill that declared the Holy Bible as "the official state book" of Tennessee, ending the issue for the year. [ Find out more... ]

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made the Bible the state’s official book. [ Find out more... ]

Bill to make Bible Tennessee's state book heads to governor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derided by critics as everything from unconstitutional to sacrilegious, Tennessee lawmakers nevertheless plowed ahead with designating the Holy Bible as the state's official book. [ Find out more... ]

3rd-graders help make lobster Maine's official crustacean
BREWER, Maine — Maine's governor signed a bill Monday that makes lobsters the state's official crustacean, and he traveled to sign it in front of the students who informally lobbied lawmakers to make it happen. [ Find out more... ]

Nelsonite to become Virginia's state rock
Michelle Stanislaus just wanted to avoid a class paper when she signed up to make Nelsonite Virginia’s state rock. [ Find out more... ]

Legislature Makes No Move to Remove Confederate Symbol From State Flag
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi legislators this year won't attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can't find a majority to remove the symbol from the 122-year-old banner. [ Find out more... ]

No Change This Session for Maryland State Song
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House lawmakers have stalled a bill to revise the state song to remove Civil War-era references to "Northern scum" and other phrases some consider offensive. [ Find out more... ]

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed House Bill No. 335
It's now official. The Eastern garter snake is now Virginia's official state snake. We wonder what the West Virginia's official state reptile, the timber rattlesnake, thinks of all hoopla! [ Find out more... ]

Governor signs bill making Wyoming big sagebrush state shrub
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a measure designating the Wyoming big sagebrush as the official state shrub. [ Find out more... ]

Tennessee names .50 caliber Barrett as the state rifle
Governor Bill Haslam signed House Joint Resolution No. 231 designating the Barrett M82/M107 Tennessee's official state rifle, becoming the seventh state to adopt an official state firearm. [ Find out more... ]

Shot heard round Tennessee: Sniper rifle its official rifle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have designated a sniper rifle made in their state and used by militaries around the world as the official state rifle. [ Find out more... ]

Bill to anoint state snake slides through Senate panel
RICHMOND — Want to get a bill passed at the Virginia General Assembly? You might consider hiring Aiden Coleman — age 11. [ Find out more... ]

Bill would make the apple Pennsylvania's official fruit
Pennsylvania lawmakers are still locked in a heated battle over the state's absent budget, but one piece of legislation currently sitting in a House committee figures to get bipartisan support. [ Find out more... ]

Black Swallowtail is NJ State’s Butterfly
On Monday, January 11, 2016, Governor Chris Christie took action on legislation and signed bill S-939/A-2913 to designate the Black Swallowtail butterfly as the State Butterfly. [ Find out more... ]

The New Trend in State Symbols: Guns
Many people realize that their states have state seals, state flags and state songs. Many are also familiar with their state flowers (in Tennessee for instance, it’s the delicate iris) and trees (in California it’s the majestic sequoia). [ External article... ]

It's official: Rauner makes pumpkin Illinois' state pie
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday passed by the General Assembly to elevate the pie's status. [ Find out more... ]

Sweet corn now official Illinois state vegetable
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation, making the designation official. State Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview introduced the legisilation after fourth-graders at Chatham Elementary School asked him about giving corn the honor. It had unanimous support. [ Find out more... ]


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