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EXPLAINER: Will New York eviction relief efforts be enough?

Jul. 30, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden’s administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was...

$400 million donation to fund Kalamazoo government projects

Jul. 30, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

It began with a highly unusual offer from two business executives — who both have billions in wealth — to bankroll a distressed city government. Five years later, the marriage of government and philanthropy born of that $70 million gift looks as though it will last forever. ...

Spending bill has $3M toward Nashville interstate cap push

Jul. 30, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper says a spending bill includes $3 million that would chip away at the $120 million price for a project to help reconnect a historically Black Nashville neighborhood divided by Interstate 40′s construction in the 1960s. The...

Alaska governor agrees to delayed special session start

Jul. 29, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy delayed until Aug. 16 the start of the next special session, following a request by legislative leaders for more time. The special session had been set to begin on Monday. In a letter dated Wednesday,...

Northam budget plan calls for $111M in college financial aid

Jul. 29, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that his budget proposal for the state's share of American Rescue Plan funding will call for $111 million in financial aid for low- and middle-income undergraduate students. The plan designates $100...

Oklahoma revenue exceeds estimate, leads to $282M surplus

Jul. 29, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma closed the books on the fiscal year that ended June 30 with a $282 million deposit into the state’s Rainy-Day Fund, state finance officials announced on Thursday. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services released figures that show...

Nevada casinos see robust June ahead of mask rules return

Jul. 29, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada casinos rode a robust economic rebound from coronavirus restrictions in June, taking in more than $1 billion in winnings for the fourth straight month and nearly reaching the all-time record set a month earlier, state regulators reported Thursday. ...

Texas voting standoff jeopardizes pay for up to 2K workers

Jul. 29, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Donovon Rodriguez pursued a career with the state of Texas seven years ago because he viewed the work as public service and a steady income to provide for his family. But lately, his government job hasn't looked so stable. Rodriguez, the chief of...

Seattle homelessness initiative qualifies for ballot

Jul. 29, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A campaign to alter Seattle’s city charter and force it to handle homelessness differently, known as Compassion Seattle, has officially qualified to appear on the November ballot. The King County Department of Elections confirmed Wednesday morning that...

Why it's so hard and expensive to plug an abandoned well

Jul. 29, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

An estimated 2 million abandoned oil and gas wells across the country, forgotten or ignored by the energy companies that drilled them, are believed to be leaking toxic chemicals. Many of the wells are releasing methane, a greenhouse gas containing about 86 times the climate-warming power of...