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ArtPlace America shows why culture matters to communities

Dec. 07, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Sometime in the next few years, crews dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency will roll into Ashland, Massachusetts, population 19,000, and begin a $20.5 million cleanup of groundwater contaminated by waste from a chemical dye plant. That day will mark a victory for the town, where cancer...

Biden touts savings on insulin and other drugs for Americans

Dec. 06, 2021 19:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged Monday that his social agenda legislation would deliver tangible savings on prescription drugs for all Americans. Relief that consumers have clamored for is now in sight, he asserted. But first the bill has to pass Congress, where...

Kansas to get $27.6M from firm investigated over drug costs

Dec. 06, 2021 17:58 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will receive nearly $27.6 million from a legal settlement with the company that manages prescription costs for its Medicaid program, after an investigation into whether the company had overcharged the state, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. ...

Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante to seek re-election

Dec. 06, 2021 14:31 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante announced Monday that he will seek re-election for a second four-year term. Murante, a Republican, was first elected treasurer in 2018 while serving as a state lawmaker from Gretna. “Everyday I'm honored to...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Dec. 06, 2021 10:01 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Dec. 5, 2021. Editorial: Privatized Medicaid’s wrongful denials of care hurt Iowans. Lawmakers must investigate further — and act National companies that manage Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system are illegally denying care to...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Dec. 06, 2021 09:10 AM EST

Columbus Dispatch. Dec. 3, 2021. Editorial: Is 911 becoming a joke in Columbus? Slower police response time alarming The iconic hip hop group Public Enemy put the issue of bad emergency response services in the national spotlight with its 1990 hit...

Analysis: Politicians split on questions of bodily autonomy

Dec. 05, 2021 17:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tate Reeves and several other Mississippi politicians make clear that they don't think the government should mandate vaccination against COVID-19. They take a different stance on bodily autonomy when it comes to a woman or girl deciding whether to have...

Illinois airports get $94M in upgrades under capital program

Dec. 05, 2021 11:31 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, ill. (AP) — Public airports in Illinois will get $94 million in upgrades for dozens of projects, including in Galesburg, the Quad Cities and Bolingbrook, state officials said. The money is coming through the Rebuild Illinois capital construction program....

State extends nutrition program for low-income seniors

Dec. 05, 2021 09:21 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state of Rhode Island is extending a nutrition program to provide about 2,500 boxes of local seasonal produce to low-income seniors. The state Department of Environmental Management said it was working with the state Office of Healthy Aging...

Rural health care providers in Rhode Island getting help

Dec. 04, 2021 11:54 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rural health care providers in Rhode Island are getting more than $650,000 in federal relief funds to help improve care and make up for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The federal grants, administered by the U.S....