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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Treasury chief refusing to disclose recipients of virus aid

Jun. 13, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Building ramparts of secrecy around a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program for small businesses, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has moved from delay to denial in refusing outright to disclose the recipients of taxpayer-funded loans. Mnuchin told Congress at a hearing this week...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Treasury chief refusing to disclose recipients of virus aid

Jun. 12, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Building ramparts of secrecy around a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program for small businesses, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has moved from delay to denial in refusing outright to disclose the recipients of taxpayer-funded loans. Mnuchin told Congress at a hearing this week...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

Jun. 3, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened. The state, meanwhile, relaxed rules so people can visit...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump, along with Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen during an event about the Paycheck Protection Program used to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Small Business Administration is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The agency has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after the $600 billion-plus program was launched, the agency has yet to make public the recipients of taxpayer aid.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Who got what? Details scant on small-business relief effort

May. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, overlooked federal agency is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The Small Business Administration has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump, along with Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen during an event about the Paycheck Protection Program used to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Small Business Administration is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The agency has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after the $600 billion-plus program was launched, the agency has yet to make public the recipients of taxpayer aid.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Who got what? Details scant on small-business relief effort

May. 18, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, overlooked federal agency is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The Small Business Administration has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after...

Arkansas citizens can photograph public documents under FOIA

May. 14, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Citizens who request access to public documents under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act now have the right to take a picture of the documents using their cellphones, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court sided with Little Rock attorney Ben Motal against the...