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Traffic is sparse as it winds around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave near downtown Tuesday April 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has instituted a stay at home order until June 10th for the entire state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Northam to postpone action on teacher raises, tuition freeze

Apr. 7, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to delay some long-sought Democratic priorities until more is known about how the pandemic will affect the economy, pushing back decisions on whether to give teachers and state workers raises, freeze in-state college tuition, and implement other new...

The Missouri Senate chamber sits empty on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Jefferson City, Missouri, after senators adjourned for the day and announced they would not reconvene in a full session until at least March 30 because of concerns over the new coronavirus. Officials in state capitols across the country have been announcing new precautions intended to guard against the spread of the disease. 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. (Photo by David A. Lieb)

Missouri lawmakers return to Capitol for virus funding bill

Apr. 7, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are taking extraordinary steps to return to the usually crowded state Capitol on Tuesday to pass an emergency coronavirus funding bill. The Capitol has been closed to everyone except essential staff since March 24. But lawmaker approval is needed for Gov. Mike Parson...

Registered nurse Phillip Parker, left, takes the temperature of Oklahoma state Sen. Marty Quinn, right, R-Claremore, as he arrives for a special session at the state Capitol Monday, April 6, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Due to COVID-19 concerns, everyone entering the building had their temperature taken.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

Apr. 6, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The House and Senate met in special session and approved the resolution under the never-before-used Catastrophic Health Emergency Act, which gives Gov. Kevin Stitt the...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz prepares to deliver his delayed State of the State address over YouTube from his residence in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 5, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz expects to extend stay-at-home through end of April

Apr. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country but the state must not get complacent, Gov. Walz said Monday, as he prepared to extend a stay-at-home order that he imposed nearly two weeks ago. “Minnesota is 17 per 100,000 right now," Walz told reporters of...

Hagerty raises $1.2M more in Tennessee bid for US Senate

Apr. 4, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Hagerty raised $1.2 million last quarter and for the first time tapped into his personal wealth in the contested primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee, his campaign said Saturday. The former U.S. ambassador to Japan headed into April with $5.6 million...

Tennessee gov signs election bills from virus-paused session

Apr. 4, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed several election law changes that lawmakers passed before they recessed due to the coronavirus, including one that scales back voter registration drive restrictions that a federal judge blocked and another that details voting options during...

A worker leaves the the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. The city is now allowing drive up early voting for the state's April 7 election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears

Apr. 3, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attempt to conduct an election in the midst of a coronavirus crisis lurched forward Friday, with a Democratic governor pushing for an all-mail election to replace in-person voting and Republican leaders refusing to budge. Just three days before Tuesday's spring primary...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo,  Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump in Phoenix. McSally is volunteering at the Salvation Army. Mark Kelly is using his background as an astronaut to entertain kids stuck at home. The global pandemic that is shaking up life is also forcing Arizona's U.S. Senate candidates to reinvent the political playbook when voters are much more concerned about staying healthy and paying the bills than they are with politics. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Arizona Senate campaigns get creative amid virus scare

Apr. 3, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Martha McSally is volunteering at the Salvation Army. Mark Kelly is using his background as an astronaut to entertain kids stuck at home. The global pandemic that is shaking up the nation's way of life is also forcing Arizona's U.S. Senate candidates to reinvent the political playbook when...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019 file photo, Kentucky republican candidate for Secretary of State Mike Adams addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday, April 3, 2020 vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Secretary of State Michael Adams urged lawmakers to override the veto.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky governor vetoes voter ID bill

Apr. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. In his veto message, the governor said the measure would create an obstacle to voting, resulting in fewer people...

Gov. Jay Inslee wears a makeshift mask as he speaks with media members while visiting inside Nourish Pierce County warehouse, where Washington National Guard members were packing food in response to the coronavirus outbreak Friday, April 3, 2020, in Lakewood, Wash. National Guard members will be packing food at the warehouse five days a week for delivery to 26 food banks, taking over for volunteers who normally pack over 300 boxes a day. The need for food at the pantries in the area is expected to at least double in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes some spending in response to COVID-19

Apr. 3, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars of spending in hopes of making a dent in the loss of state revenues as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep the state's economy largely shut down. Inslee vetoed nearly two dozen bills in their entirety, as...