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‘Space race’ level attack on future public health crises

Jun. 12, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maureen Lichtveld’s nearly 40 years in environmental public health — from her home country of Suriname, to the U.S. government, to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast and, finally, to Pittsburgh this year — has focused on a central principle: how to prepare...

Biden to return diverted border wall money, spend down rest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s signature border wall project would lose much of its funding as well as the fast-track status that enabled it to bypass environmental regulations under a Biden administration plan announced Friday. President Joe Biden...

Walz, leaders, seek budget breakthroughs as Capitol reopens

Jun. 10, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sat down with top lawmakers Thursday to try to bring the divided Legislature closer to agreement on the budget bills that they were unable to finish before their regular session ended last month. The Democratic governor told reporters...

US budget deficit for current year hits record $2.1 trillion

Jun. 10, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $2.06 trillion through the first eight months of this budget year as coronavirus relief programs drove spending to all-time highs. The shortfall this year is 9.7% higher than the $1.88 trillion deficit run up over...

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...

Biden ends GOP infrastructure talks, but new group emerges

Jun. 08, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package on Tuesday and started reaching out to senators from both parties in a new effort toward bipartisan compromise, setting a summer deadline for Congress to pass his top...

Louisiana Senate scraps sales tax idea, tries new road plan

Jun. 07, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators Monday shelved their effort to renew a temporary state sales tax and instead unanimously backed a different tactic to steer millions of dollars more annually to roadwork that could create future budget gaps for health care, education and other...

Flood debt settlement appeared in reach, but senators balk

Jun. 07, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has for years owed millions of dollars to residents whose homes flooded because of interstate construction work, but lawmakers continue to balk at making the payment, even after a proposed settlement deal appeared within reach. After...

Biden says jobs report bolsters case for government spending

Jun. 05, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

President Joe Biden portrayed the May jobs report as a jumping off point for more spending on infrastructure and education to keep growth going — essentially an argument for his agenda. But the employment numbers issued Friday also hinted at the possible limits of how much government aid...

Biden says jobs report bolsters case for government spending

Jun. 04, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

President Joe Biden portrayed the May jobs report as a jumping off point for more spending on infrastructure and education to keep growth going — essentially an argument for his agenda. But the employment numbers issued Friday also hinted at the possible limits of how much government aid...