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People enjoy the fresh air on benches along Juarez Avenue in central Mexico City, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Mexico's capital plans to reopen certain sectors of the economy and public life beginning Monday, despite the city still being in the most serious

The Latest: S. Korea pushes QR registration for risky venues

May. 31, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Cases steadily rising around South Korean capital....

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers near end of session, ready for another

May. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers worked through a final stack of bills Sunday as they neared the end of a regular session upended by the coronavirus outbreak, agreeing to a broad expansion of the state's medical marijuana program and closing a budget gap created by the pandemic. A rapid...

Rep. Vince Mangold, R-Brookhaven, marks off appropriation bills from the House Calendar during general session at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Lawmakers requested a number of bills be pulled from a block vote submission for individual consideration and debate. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Budget writing complicated by pandemic revenue dip

May. 31, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi tax collections were robust for the first several months of the budget year that started last July 1. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, businesses were hobbled by government shutdown orders and the economy started to sputter. On the status of state tax collections,...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gina Raimondo gives an update on the coronavirus during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they got to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, making it tougher for states and cities to argue that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. “If I knew today that another billion dollars was coming to Rhode Island to help solve our budget deficit, I’d spend the $1.25 billion now,” Raimondo said about the state's portion of money. “Lots of other governors are spending. They’re taking a gamble, and I’m just not ready to do that yet.” (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool, File)

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

May. 31, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, complicating governors' arguments that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. The Associated Press reviewed plans from governors or lawmakers on how...

Bills aimed at easing reentry sent to Louisiana governor

May. 31, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation pitched as easing the ability for people convicted of crimes in Louisiana to search for jobs is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. With a 33-0 vote Friday, senators sent the governor a bill by Republican Sen. Patrick McMath, of Covington, that would require a...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

In this image made from video provided by the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo updates the media on New York's coronavirus response, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in New York. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

Cuomo signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits

May. 30, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus. “You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward,”...

La. Lawmakers agree to ban vaping while a child's in the car

May. 30, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Traveling with a child in the car? Louisiana lawmakers say you shouldn't be vaping then. The House and Senate have given final passage to a bill that would ban the use of vaping devices in any vehicle with a child present. Louisiana law already prohibits drivers and passengers from...

Lawmakers want to widen Louisiana's alcohol delivery options

May. 29, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Alcohol delivery rules in Louisiana would be eased under legislation that received final passage from state lawmakers. The measure by Sen. Bret Allain, a Franklin Republican, would give third-party delivery services like UberEats, Waitr and Shipt the ability to deliver beer and...

La. lawmakers want to limit virus lawsuits against business

May. 29, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers want to give protections from most lawsuits for coronavirus deaths and injuries to businesses that never closed during the outbreak and those that are newly reopening. The Republican-led bills by Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Sen. Patrick McMath of Covington and...