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Cargo backlog creates traffic headaches on sea and land

Oct. 20, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles neighborhood just outside the nation's busiest port complex has become a perpetual traffic jam, with trucks hauling cargo containers backed up day and night as workers try to break through an unprecedented backlog of ships waiting to unload. ...

Big changes in White House ideas to pay for $2 trillion plan

Oct. 20, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In an abrupt change, the White House on Wednesday floated new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires' tax on...

Audit: NC town ex-finance officer had questionable expenses

Oct. 20, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The now-former finance head of a small southeastern North Carolina town spent more than $11,000 in town funds on her home utility bills and other questionable items, according to a state audit released Wednesday. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office...

West Virginia unemployment rate drops to 4.6% in September

Oct. 20, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.6 in September, the lowest rate since August 2008. Total unemployment grew 1,200 over the month and the number of unemployed state residents...

Idaho sends out $169M in one-time income tax rebates

Oct. 20, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some 645,000 income tax rebates totaling $169 million have been sent out so far this year, an Idaho official said Wednesday. Idaho Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams told lawmakers on a finance committee that the average rebate...

What's in, and what's out, as Democrats trim Biden bill

Oct. 20, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of talks, Democrats are edging closer to an agreement on what programs and policies to include in President Joe Biden's massive plan to expand health and safety net programs and combat global warming. The plan seems likely to include an...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...

Louisiana higher education leaders seek $220M budget boost

Oct. 20, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board is asking for a nearly $220 million state budget increase next year, saying the money would aid its work to boost the number of people obtaining degrees and professional certifications beyond high school. ...

University regents agree to request $23M to cover shortfall

Oct. 20, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Regents at Kentucky State University have agreed to request $23 million from the state to cover a budget shortfall. The board of regents at Kentucky’s only public historically Black university met Tuesday to hear an update on the Kentucky Council...

Virginia expects $2B in public-private broadband funding

Oct. 20, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state investments in broadband connectivity and the state expects more than $2 billion in total broadband funding, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Virginia...