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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 22, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Rootstown’s school leaders failed to stand up to racism Akron Beacon Journal Sept. 20 America’s summer of cultural awakening about persistent racism in our country clearly didn’t resonate in Rootstown’s school...

Anchorage projects $17M budget shortfall due to coronavirus

Sep. 21, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The municipal government of Alaska's largest city has projected a $17 million revenue shortfall for 2020 because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The loss represents 3% of the general government operating budget for Anchorage, The Anchorage Daily News reported on...

Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch, rubs hand sanitizer on her hands after voting in the party presidential primary in Ridgeland, Miss., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Polling locations are providing hand sanitizers for voters to use as a cautionary measure in light of the coronavirus health concern nationwide. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Quirky or serious, legal opinions guide officials

Sep. 20, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Can a Mississippi school district give financial rewards to students who do well on college entrance exams? Can a city government remove a dilapidated building if the owner does not do it? Is the sheriff's son allowed to work as a volunteer deputy? These are among the questions...

Man charged with pandemic relief loan fraud pleads guilty

Sep. 18, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgivable federal loans designed for businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic has pleaded guilty, federal authorities said Friday. David Andrew Butziger, 52, of Warwick, was...

Pennsylvania sees big drop in jobless rate in August

Sep. 18, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate took a steep drop in August as the labor force shrank and payrolls shot up again in a continuing rebound from shutdowns and the worst economic effects of the pandemic, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, pedestrians wearing face masks walk past the Bank of England in London.  The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.1% on Thursday Sept. 17, 2020, as it waits to see how the economy recovers from recession and what Britain’s future trade relationship with the European Union will be. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Bank of England eyes sub-zero rates in face of virus, Brexit

Sep. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England indicated Thursday that it could cut interest rates below zero for the first time in its 326-year history as it tries to shore up a U.K. economic recovery that is facing the dual headwinds of the coronavirus and Brexit. After unanimously deciding to maintain the bank's...

Reynolds defends using coronavirus funds for staff pay

Sep. 16, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday there is nothing inappropriate about her decision to spend nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief money on salaries for aides in her office, including her chief of staff and spokesman. Reynolds addressed the matter at a press conference...

Democrats decry slow spending of Indiana's federal virus aid

Sep. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are still holding back on spending more than half of the $2.4 billion state government received in federal coronavirus relief funding. Democrats on the State Budget Committee questioned Tuesday why there wasn’t more urgency in spending the money on the...

FILE - In this July 4, 2020 file photo, two women pass a sign welcoming people back to Manchester, England. Official figures released Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 show unemployment in the U.K. edged up in July even though large sections of the British economy reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, a clear signal that the jobless rate is set to spike sharply higher when a government salary-support scheme comes to an end in the autumn.  (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)

Cracks start to show in UK jobs market as unemployment rises

Sep. 15, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.K. edged up in July even though large parts of the economy reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, a signal that the jobless rate is set to spike higher when a government salary-support scheme ends in the autumn. The 104,000 rise in the number of people unemployed...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh and her attorney Steven Silverman, left, leave a sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Gary Brown Jr., a former legislative aide who helped Pugh fraudulently sell her self-published children’s books, has been sentenced to federal prison Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. In February, Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the scheme to profit from sales of her “Healthy Holly” books. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

Ex-Baltimore mayoral aide gets prison in book sales scam

Sep. 11, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

A former aide who helped ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh fraudulently sell her self-published children’s books to nonprofits was sentenced Friday to more than two years in federal prison. Gary Brown Jr. apologized for his actions and expressed regret for bringing shame to his family and friends before...