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Medicaid expansion in NC getting revived in House committee

Sep. 18, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina House Republicans are taking another crack at advancing a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults. The House Health Committee scheduled Wednesday debate on legislation that it heard and approved in July, but has been idled...

Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

Sep. 18, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing, it depends on which Sackler. "There are people...

Alaska fishing town cut off as budget cuts end ferry service

Sep. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A coastal Alaska fishing town will soon be cut off from vehicles with the closure of its ferry service due to state budget cuts. Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday that the Alaska Marine Highway System will temporarily end service to Cordova following funding cuts by Republican...

New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros dies at 71

Sep. 17, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a Democrat from Questa who served in the Legislature for 35 years as a key negotiator on state spending, has died. He was 71. Cisneros' death Tuesday from a heart attack was confirmed by Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga....

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Sep. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...

Louisiana gets favorable review from national credit agency

Sep. 17, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana received good marks Tuesday from a national credit rating agency for the state's improved financial outlook and work to stabilize its budget, boosting one of Gov. John Bel Edwards' main campaign pitches as he seeks a second term. Moody's Investors Service didn't upgrade...

Connecticut panel authorizes some capital borrowing

Sep. 17, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state panel has released millions of dollars in borrowing for various capital improvement projects around Connecticut after months of no authorizations. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, who chairs the State Bond Commission, acknowledged Tuesday that "a lot less" bonding is being...

Whitmer wants budget bills now; GOP waiting until next week

Sep. 17, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday urged Republican legislative leaders to quickly send her budget bills before their weekend "getaway" for a GOP political gathering, saying she needs as much time as possible to review and sign them by a Sept. 30 deadline. Republicans...

Evers announces more prosecutors for 56 counties

Sep. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is placing more than 60 new assistant prosecutors in multiple Wisconsin counties. The state budget funds 64.95 assistant district attorney positions around the state. Evers announced Tuesday that the positions would be spread out across 56 counties. Evers' office...

Sound Transit beefed up light rail security before shooting

Sep. 17, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Before last weekend's deadly shooting at a Seattle light rail station leaders at Sound Transit were concerned about maintaining a sense of safety for the 80,000 daily light-rail passengers. The Seattle Times reports the agency boosted the security budget nearly 37 % this year to $34.4...