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NPPD to keep electricity rates flat, and offer bill credits

Dec. 12, 2019 4:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest utility will keep electricity rates flat next year and give customers a small credit on their bills starting in February. The Nebraska Public Power District's board approved the 2020 rates on Thursday. Next year will be the seventh year in a row of stable rates for...

Trump says he'll expand child care, paid leave for workers

Dec. 12, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Thursday to expand child care and time-off options for working moms and dads confronted with high costs and lack of access to quality care, saying in his administration “we get it done.” Trump spoke at the White House as legislation to grant...

Weinstein lawyer says 98% of creditors agreeing to settle

Dec. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety-eight percent of The Weinstein Co.'s creditors are joining a tentative settlement that plaintiffs say includes $25 million for over two dozen actresses and former employees who claim Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them, a lawyer said Thursday. The attorney, Karen Bitar, provided...

Negotiators announce deal on government-wide spending bill

Dec. 12, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues. The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of...

Louisiana legislative leadership races cloaked in secrecy

Dec. 12, 2019 4:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The secrecy that shrouds competition for Louisiana's legislative leadership jobs is drawing new criticism, as deals are being brokered behind closed doors ahead of the new term. A secret ballot process to choose the Senate president is under fire from a government watchdog...

Georgia finalizes hospital financial disclosure requirement

Dec. 12, 2019 3:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials Thursday approved final rules for a new law requiring non-profit hospitals in the state to disclose a slew of financial information on the main page of their websites, including salaries of administrators, money spent on free treatment and balance sheets. The disclosure...

Civil rights lawyers stake claim in Confederate statue case

Dec. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A national civil rights group has warned the leaders of the University of North Carolina that they should reconsider a $2.5 million settlement involving a statue of a Confederate soldier that protesters toppled last year at the system’s flagship campus. In a letter sent to the...

After tragedy, Oregon Christmas tree industry buoyed by bill

Dec. 12, 2019 3:30 PM EST

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying...

Senate backs measure affirming century-old Armenian genocide

Dec. 12, 2019 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On its fourth try, the Senate has approved a resolution that recognizes the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide. The resolution had been blocked three times at the request of the White House, but won unanimous approval Thursday. Co-sponsored by...

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

Dec. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230-192. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill would cap Medicare...