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Colorado lawmakers return to tackle $3.3 billion budget hole

May. 25, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — No public health insurance option. Drastic cuts to K-12 and higher education funding. Seniors losing tax breaks on their homes. These are a few of the dozens of sacrifices Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature must make when it returns to work Tuesday after a March 14 suspension prompted...

Washington colleges, universities brace for big budget hit

May. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s public colleges and universities are preparing for large budget cuts because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The Seattle Times reports the state is expected to slash funding, since higher education dollars aren’t protected by the state constitution in the same...

Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry worker Patrick Minor pulls a package of ground pork out of a cooler during a pantry stop, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are spending more money to help pay for food that might otherwise go to waste, the U.S. Agriculture Department is spending $3 billion to help get farm products to food banks, and U.S. senator is seeking $8 billion more to buy farm produce for food banks. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Efforts underway to get food from US farms to the needy

May. 25, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are providing more money to help pay for food that...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 24, 2020, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen broadcasted remotely on big screens at the media center during a press conference held on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing. Wang is dismissing claims that the country is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to expand its footprint in the South China Sea, labeling such accusations as “sheer nonsense.

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea

May. 24, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

Illinois lawmakers pass $40B budget, Chicago casino measure

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved an approximately $40 billion state budget early Sunday that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The budget, which largely relies on...

Brothers Victor Ochoa, 7, right, Jesus Ochoa, 5, second from right, Mariano Ochoa 9, second from left, and their mother Mariana Ochoa run in front of their home in Chicago, Friday, May 22, 2020.  Chicago Run's at-home fitness programs have become an essential part of the family's routine during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Virus crisis a challenge for youth fitness nonprofits

May. 24, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mariana Ochoa worries about the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on her three boys. Their school is closed. She can't take them to their favorite park at the moment. There is no backyard at their home on the southwest side of Chicago. The fitness routines she gets from Chicago Run are a weekly...

Illinois House passes budget relying on federal funding

May. 23, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House passed a $40 billion state budget late Saturday that relies heavily on federal funding. The Chicago Tribune reported the spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 now heads to the Senate. The budget passed on a largely party-line vote of 68-44. The...

Plans to fix Alaska's online budget tracker undetermined

May. 23, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has announced an online platform used to publicly track Alaska's spending is broken, even as the state is managing a budget deficit and federal coronavirus relief aid. The Checkbook Online system has been broken for a month and there...

Louisiana Senate derails bill to limit legislative spending

May. 23, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state senators Friday stalled a proposal that would cut the amount of money available to lawmakers to spend on the state's general operating expenses, raising concerns about the impact on essential services. The Senate Finance Committee didn't vote to kill Baton Rouge...