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Kansas company to pay $15,000 for unsolicited telemarketing

May. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

WICHITA (AP) — Genesis Health Clubs in Wichita has agreed to pay $15,000 in civil penalties and fees for making unsolicited telemarking calls to consumers on the Kansas do-not-call registry. The consent agreement with Genesis Health Clubs Management, Inc. also enjoins...

Missouri lawmakers pass high-profile gun bill on last day

May. 14, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature passed a high-profile measure to ban local enforcement of federal gun laws with just an hour to spare before lawmakers' 6 p.m. Friday deadline. The GOP-led House voted 111-42 along party lines to send the...

State media say China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for first time in latest advance for its space program

May. 14, 2021 20:46 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — State media say China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for first time in latest advance for its space program.

Mississippi justices toss voter-backed marijuana initiative

May. 14, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will remain in the minority of states without a medical marijuana program after the state Supreme Court on Friday overturned an initiative that voters approved last fall — a decision that also limits other citizen-led efforts to put issues on the...

Biden meets DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push

May. 14, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

President Joe Biden met Friday with six immigrants who benefited from an Obama-era policy that protected those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The president is trying to turn attention toward overhauling the nation's immigration laws, but it's an issue he has made scant progress on...

California budget has $35 million for basic income programs

May. 14, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to use a sliver of the state's massive budget surplus to give poor people money each month with no rules on how they spend it. Newsom's budget proposal, announced Friday, includes $35 million over five years...

UK eager for a big reopening thanks to vaccine success

May. 14, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When London’s Science Museum reopens next week, it will have some new artifacts: empty vaccine vials, testing kits and other items collected during the pandemic, to be featured in a new COVID-19 display. Britain isn’t quite ready to consign the...

Nebraska AG reaches $200,000 settlement with Omaha provider

May. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities have reached an out-of-court settlement with an Omaha mental health provider accused of submitting false Medicaid reimbursement claims. Kathleen Wiley agreed to pay $200,000 under the agreement in exchange for the state dropping...

Enrollment for North Carolina Medicaid managed care ending

May. 14, 2021 04:46 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Medicaid recipients are running out of time to ensure they'll have no trouble getting the doctor they want when the program makes a significant shift soon. Friday is the end of open enrollment for North Carolina Medicaid Managed...

Connecticut nursing home workers postpone planned strikes

May. 13, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

Unionized nursing home workers agreed to postpone strikes planned for Friday at 26 facilities across Connecticut after Gov. Ned Lamont's administration reached an agreement with union leaders and nursing homes operators that includes $267 million in state funds to help pay for historic wage...