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Whitmer OKs $385M bill with aid for hospitals, nursing homes

Jul. 26, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a $385 million supplemental budget bill, two-thirds of which will go to Michigan hospitals and nursing homes confronting financial pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new law allocates $10 million...

Florida sheriff's letter aims at people with criminal past

Jul. 26, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff is sending letters to people with criminal histories offering help to get on a better path, a practice critics call unwarranted harassment. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco's letter is the...

Boston, MBTA announce free bus fare pilot program

Jul. 26, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Riders who board the MBTA's Route 28 buses in Boston later this year won't have to pay a fare under a three-month pilot program announced Monday. The program that starts Aug. 29 will last until Nov. 29, according to a statement from the office of acting...

Watchdog: State's conservation easement program needs work

Jul. 25, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Virginia's state government watchdog says the commonwealth's land conservation easement program that offers participants tax breaks needs improvement. Auditors with the Office of the State Inspector General found items like trash, old tires,...

Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Cannabis industry in New Mexico faces big challenge of water

Jul. 24, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

MADRID, N.M. (AP) — Where some see desert, Cid and Medina Isbell see opportunity. Standing on a plot on their 30-acre property just north of Madrid, they envision a greenhouse full of cannabis plants where brush, sunflowers and cactuses now grow. ...

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Jul. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman's last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care...

Feds deny North Dakota request for early haying of CRP land

Jul. 24, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has denied a request by North Dakota leaders to allow ranchers struggling with drought to hay idled grassland while it’s still of good quality. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Agriculture Department is looking into...

Summer school programs have more of a camp feel this year

Jul. 24, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Albemarle County students are learning how to be inventors during summer school this year — a four-week program that is closer to a camp than school and aimed at helping students bounce back from the last year. “I think it’s pretty cool...

Ruling leaves immigrants who newly applied for DACA in limbo

Jul. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the text message popped up on his phone, Samuel Alfaro didn't want to believe it. It said his appointment with U.S. immigration services about his application to join the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the one he had been waiting on...