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Countering Biden, GOP pitches $568B for infrastructure

Apr. 22, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a public works proposal with a much smaller price tag and a narrower definition of infrastructure than what President Joe Biden has proposed, highlighting the stark differences between the two sides that will be difficult...

Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law

Apr. 22, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections board deadlocked Thursday on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year. The 2-2 vote...

N Carolina to help farmer costs for quarantined farmworkers

Apr. 22, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has set aside money to reimburse farmers who bore the financial toll of quarantining their workers during the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a state agency said. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the state...

Indiana bill approved to ban government vaccine passports

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State or local governments in Indiana will be prohibited from issuing or requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports under a bill approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated House and Senate voted Thursday by wide margins to approve a wide-ranging...

EPA funds help South Carolina upgrade diesel school buses

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As congressional Democrats introduce legislation to electrify the nation's school bus fleet, South Carolina is getting nearly half a million in federal funds to upgrade some of the state's older diesel school buses. A $480,000 grant from the U.S....

Talks narrow on a compromise to changes in US policing laws

Apr. 22, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a country confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms

Apr. 22, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state. Voting along party lines with minority Republicans in opposition,...

Police: Arrested Michigan lawmaker warned he'd call governor

Apr. 22, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was arrested for drunken driving and resisting police threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and told state troopers it would not be good for them because he oversees their budget, according to an incident report. Rep....

Boulder shooting suspect charged with using large magazine

Apr. 22, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado prosecutors have filed over 40 more felony charges against the man charged with killing 10 people at a Boulder supermarket last month — including allegations he used a large capacity magazine that had been banned by state lawmakers in 2013 in response to mass...

Louisiana smokable medical marijuana bill starts advancing

Apr. 22, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana program to allow patients to smoke cannabis sailed through its first review Thursday, as a once contentious program has become more entrenched as a legitimate medical treatment. The House Health and...