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Louisiana congresswoman takes office, replacing late husband

Apr. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

Louisiana Republican Julia Letlow was sworn into the House on Wednesday, claiming the seat her late husband was elected to but never filled after dying of COVID-19 in late December, days before taking office. Letlow easily won a special election...

Biden to address Congress under security, COVID restrictions

Apr. 14, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress will look like no other in recent memory. The traditional speech for the new president, set for April 28, will unfold against the backdrop of heightened security in the aftermath of the...

New Treasury office to oversee billions in virus relief help

Apr. 14, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money authorized by Congress to combat the coronavirus-related recession. Officials said Wednesday that the goal is to streamline the process and ensure that...

Bill proposes separate, elevated state agency for children

Apr. 14, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants to make the state agency that serves children a separate, cabinet-level department. Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, introduced a bill that would remove the Office of Children and Family Services from the Department of Health...

Texas GOP Rep. Kevin Brady says he won't run again in 2022

Apr. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said Wednesday he won't run for re-election after 25 years in Congress, making him the most senior House Republican to announce he won't be back in 2022. Brady was chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Committee in 2017 when...

Wisconsin Senate set to approve Republican election changes

Apr. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was set Wednesday to pass a host of Republican-authored changes to Wisconsin elections, including a prohibition on accepting private grants to aid election administration. The proposals are part of a larger package of GOP-authored...

Lawmakers chastise state labor leader on benefits claw back

Apr. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several Missouri House members criticized the head of the state's labor department for continuing to try and collect portions of unemployment benefits some people mistakenly received during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency's actions came...

No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

Apr. 14, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans would “take action” on Rep. Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department formally moves ahead against him, the chamber's No. 2 GOP leader said Wednesday. The remarks by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana made him the latest of many...

Wisconsin DOJ gets sexual assault kit tracking database

Apr. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is setting up a tracking system to trace the status of sexual assault evidence kits in effort to ensure they're processed quickly, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Wednesday. The system will be funded with...

Wisconsin high court: Governor can't limit business capacity

Apr. 14, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Tony Evers' administration does not have the authority to issue capacity limits on bars, restaurants and other businesses without the Legislature's approval, a ruling that comes two weeks after the...