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Senate blocks confirmation of official accused of harassment

Jun. 11, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State senators blocked the leader of the state's affordable housing agency from keeping his job amid allegations he sexually harassed an employee. Louisiana Housing Corporation Executive Director Keith Cunningham was among four people who didn't...

Federal funding will help western Ky. town's water system

Jun. 11, 2021 05:03 AM EDT

EARLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky city is receiving a $610,000 in federal funding to improve its water infrastructure. The city of Earlington in Hopkins County will use the money for water system improvements. The project will also get $390,000 in local matching...

Arkansas governor declares emergency because of flooding

Jun. 10, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of flooding in southeastern Arkansas. The governor's declaration comes after more than a foot of rain fell on some communities in a 24-hour period this week. Hutchinson's...

EU lawmakers threaten to sue, to speed up rule of law action

Jun. 10, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers threatened Thursday to sue the bloc’s executive branch within weeks if it fails to take action against countries allegedly violating democratic standards, notably Hungary and Poland. In a resolution, adopted by 506 votes to 150...

Closed cold case murder tied to ousted Tennessee governor

Jun. 09, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee governor's administration helped fund a contract murder of a key federal witness decades ago while embroiled in the state's largest political scandal, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. The new details revealed...

Biden administration reassessing part of Georgia health plan

Jun. 04, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Biden administration is reevaluating a plan by Georgia officials to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as federal officials try to boost former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. In a...

Governor's office: Animation studio expanding in Louisiana

Jun. 03, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-area animation studio will add six permanent jobs in a planned expansion, Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said Thursday. Swaybox Studios in Jefferson Parish will add six new permanent jobs with an average annual salary of $62,800 plus...

EU concerned about Greek use of anti-migrant sound cannon

Jun. 03, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expressed concern Thursday about Greece’s use of a sound cannon to scare migrants away from its borders, raising questions over whether the device contravenes the 27-nation bloc’s laws on fundamental rights. The Associated Press...

Senate: Lawmakers should know when Whitmer leaves state

Jun. 02, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to require the lieutenant governor to make a “good-faith effort” to notify legislative leaders when the governor has left Michigan and he or she has assumed gubernatorial powers and duties. The legislation,...

West Virginia coal miner dies in underground accident

Jun. 02, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner died Wednesday in a workplace accident in northern West Virginia, the governor's office said. Trenten J. Dille, 26, of Littleton, died while working in the underground section of a Marion County Coal Resources mine, the governor's...