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Trial over Missouri's refusal to expand Medicaid to begin

Jun. 21, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The court trial over Missouri officials' refusal to expand Medicaid is set to begin Monday. Three low-income woman sued Gov. Mike Parson's administration last month after the Republican said he won't expand Medicaid, even though voters last...

School leaders plan to protest Republican K-12 funding plan

Jun. 21, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — School leaders in Milwaukee and Madison planned Monday to protest Republican legislators’ plan to fund K-12 education in the next state budget. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee decided to give schools $128 million more over the...

Company: Yankee nuclear plant demolition remains in budget

Jun. 21, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — A representative of the company decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station told a state panel last week that the work was still expected to be completed within budget. Despite being in operation for 44 years, there are low levels of...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 21, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. June 20, 2021. Editorial: Fairer Ohio redistricting does not include arming one party at taxpayer expense In two separate constitutional referendums, in 2015 and 2018, Ohio voters overwhelming rejected grotesquely partisan...

Biden and Congress face a summer grind to create legislation

Jun. 21, 2021 07:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until recently, the act of governing seemed to happen at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is settling in for what appears will be a long, summer slog of legislating. Congress is hunkered down, the House and Senate grinding...

Democrats see springboard for health care in high court win

Jun. 19, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare...

Alaska special session limps toward its end, another looms

Jun. 18, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The special legislative session limped toward a bitter end Friday, with the threat of a partial government shutdown looming and Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House majority leaders sharply disagreeing over the adequacy of the budget passed by lawmakers earlier in the...

Abbott, as threatened, vetoes budget for legislative staff

Jun. 18, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his threat and vetoed Friday the new state budget's line item providing for legislative staff pay. The Republican governor had threatened the veto after a walkout by House Democrats in the final hours of...

California launches new anti-human trafficking teams

Jun. 18, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state's...

Haaland touts Acadia National Park work during Maine visit

Jun. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland detailed a host of improvements and investments at Maine's only national park during a visit to the state on Friday. Haaland touted the improvements on a day she toured Acadia National Park, one of the biggest...