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Virginia expands Medicaid access for legal immigrants

Apr. 13, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ni Kin became a permanent resident in 2002 at 70 years old, but she was unable to work after moving from Myanmar to Virginia due to mobility problems. Kin required more medical attention related to her condition as she aged, but was unable to see a...

Harris highlights pregnancy difficulties facing Black women

Apr. 13, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One Black mother said she nearly died after her son was born following an earlier miscarriage and a stillbirth. Another Black mother said that she wasn't told about the dangers of her particular pregnancy complication in women like herself and that it led to the loss of...

Effort to keep Arkansas Medicaid plan falls short in House

Apr. 13, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The effort to keep Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year faced uncertainty on Tuesday, with the program falling short of the votes needed for its reauthorization in the state Legislature. The House voted 53-31 for the budget bill for...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Apr. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 8, 2021. Editorial: Missouri lawmakers peddling false choice between public defenders, Medicaid expansion Missouri lawmakers are taking small steps to rectify the outrageous denial of constitutional rights for thousands of...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 13, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. April 12, 2021. Editorial: Those rules that got waived for the pandemic? Let’s get rid of them Once a law or regulation is in place, it’s usually hard and time-consuming to remove. But when the pandemic shut down much of normal...

USM cutting ties with Chinese government-funded program

Apr. 13, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine is closing a program that gets funding from the Chinese government and provides Mandarin Chinese language classes and other cultural programs on campus, officials said. The university remains dedicated to...

Eastern Michigan hires Stan Heath as new basketball coach

Apr. 12, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan has hired Stan Heath as its new men's basketball coach. The 56-year-old Heath, an EMU alum, returns to the Mid-American Conference. He was previously the coach at Kent State, leading that program to the Elite Eight in 2002. He...

Justices to hear Mississippi marijuana initiative arguments

Apr. 12, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that challenges the state initiative process and seeks to block development of a medical marijuana program. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the...

Charles Booker forms exploratory committee for US Senate run

Apr. 12, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Charles Booker, whose unabashedly progressive campaign in Kentucky came up just short in last year's Senate primary, said Monday that he's forming an exploratory committee as he weighs a follow-up race in 2022 against Republican incumbent Sen. Rand Paul. ...

Organizations get grants aimed at helping Detroit residents

Apr. 11, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Three dozen community organizations in Detroit will share $2.7 million in grants. The grants are from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund which provides funding for public services that improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents in...