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A man takes pictures of a countdown display for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Tokyo.  The countdown clock is ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. They will be July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clock read 479 days to go. This seems light years away, but also small and insignificant compared to the worldwide fallout from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The countdown clock is clicking again for the Tokyo Olympics

Mar. 31, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown clocks have been reset and are ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. The model outside Tokyo Station, and others across the Japanese capital, were switched on almost immediately after organizers announced the new dates — July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clocks read 479 days to...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., walks at the Capitol in Washington. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hawks no more: Fiscal conservatives embrace rescue package

Mar. 28, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis. In many cases, the...

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel, right, speaks to Senate Finance Committee Co-chair Bert Stedman before the start of a budget conference committee meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. A conference committee of House and Senate negotiators was tasked with hammering out differences on a state spending package. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska lawmakers fall short of self-imposed goal to finish

Mar. 27, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers fell short of a self-imposed goal of completing their most pressing work Friday, with key measures, including a state spending package and bills related to the coronavirus, yet to be finalized. Friday marked Day 67 of a legislative session that, under the...

Arkansas Senate President Jim Hendren wipes down the lectern in the Senate chamber at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, March 27, 2020. Lawmakers approved creating a $173 million rainy day fund to combat coronavirus and to prevent some agencies' budgets from being cut due to a shortfall projected because of the shortfall. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

Arkansas lawmakers approve COVID-19 fund as virus cases rise

Mar. 27, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted Friday to create a $173 million rainy day fund to combat coronavirus and to prevent some agencies’ budgets from being cut because of the pandemic’s economic fallout. The House and Senate unanimously approved identical bills moving the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Kentucky Senate Majority floor Leader Damon Thayer, addresses the members of the Senate during the opening session of the Kentucky State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky. Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers worked on a coronavirus-relief measure Thursday, March 26, 2020 to help cushion workers and employers from economic damage caused by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, file)

Kentucky lawmakers pass coronavirus-relief measure

Mar. 26, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers passed a measure Thursday offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The relief bill comes amid a dramatically shrinking economy as businesses statewide close or scale back...

Census address work succeeded despite trouble hiring staff

Mar. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Even though the U.S. Census Bureau had trouble finding workers for its massive address-verification work late last summer, it managed to complete the job under budget because of better-than-expected productivity of its staffers, according to a new report. The 32,000 workers sent out...

Alaska state Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the House floor on Monday, March 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, has been critical of the Legislature's planning around the coronavirus. Rep. Sharon Jackson also wore a mask on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Senate puts $1,000 stimulus payment in budget bill

Mar. 23, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate approved a budget provision Monday that would give residents a $1,000 payment as a way to blunt economic impacts from the coronavirus. The provision, an amendment to a larger state spending package, passed 12-7 after the Senate rejected a proposed $1,300 stimulus...

Arizona House OKs emergency budget with $50M in virus aid

Mar. 23, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Monday passed an emergency budget package that includes $50 million in funding previously approved by the state Senate to address the coronavisis crisis. Republican House leaders had balked last week at approving the Senate budget but that changed over the weekend....

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photon Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Senate leaders said Friday, March 20, 2020, that lawmakers are pushing to complete their most pressing work in the coming days, as concerns about the coronavirus persist. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen,File)

Alaska governor urges supplemental dividend in aid proposal

Mar. 20, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called on lawmakers Friday to approve checks of about $1,300 for residents to help offset economic impacts of the coronavirus. He called it the quickest way to get money into the hands of Alaskans, many of whom have been affected by the temporary closure of...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager, left, and European Commissioner for An Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis, right, participate in a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, March 13, 2020. The European Union on Friday urged member countries to put in place health screening measures at their borders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but warned them to coordinate their actions to ensure that people affected can still quickly get the health care they need. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

EU proposes triggering crisis clause to allow virus spending

Mar. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Friday proposed easing the bloc's budget policies so member countries can spend what they need to address the coronavirus pandemic without being subject to deficit limits and other fiscal requirements. If approved by the leaders of the 27 nations, the...