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Grain farmers affected by Kentucky tornadoes to get relief

Jun. 27, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Farmers in western Kentucky will get some relief after a grain elevator was damaged by deadly tornadoes in December. Gov. Andy Beshear announced that up to $3.25 million will help farmers continue to grow and process grains. Funds are from the Team West...

'Biblical' insect swarms spur Oregon push to fight pests

Jun. 26, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Driving down a windy canyon road in northern Oregon rangeland, Jordan Maley and April Aamodt are on the look out for Mormon crickets, giant insects that can ravage crops. “There’s one right there,” Aamodt says. They’re not hard to spot....

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Highlights of bipartisan gun violence bill signed by Biden

Jun. 25, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday: —Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for buyers age 18 to 20. Three-day maximum for...

With accounts flush, budget talks come down to schools aid

Jun. 24, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With a week to go until the state's budget deadline, Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are working through their remaining differences as they try to produce an agreement on a roughly $42 billion budget plan that they say will marshal...

NC doctor indicted in medical equipment scheme

Jun. 24, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina doctor has been indicted in connection with a scheme that defrauded federal programs of more than $11 million, a U.S. attorney said. Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said in a news release that Sudipta...

Highlights of bipartisan gun violence bill OK'd by Senate

Jun. 24, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill the Senate approved Thursday and the House was expect to pass Friday: — Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for...

New Medicaid expansion pitch surfaces in N. Carolina House

Jun. 23, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pitched a plan Thursday that could authorize expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults, which their leader argued would bring more certainty to ensuring rural hospitals and substance abusers get help. ...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 23, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Advance Media New York. June 16, 2022. Editorial: NY election ‘citizen auditors’ are playing a dangerous game Shame on former state Senate candidate Angi Renna for lending her reputation to a shadowy fringe group challenging the results of New York’s 2020...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

Lancaster Online/LNP. June 15, 2022. Editorial: As cost of farmland soars, next generation of farmers finding ways to get a foothold Farmland in Lancaster County is valuable — increasingly valuable — in more ways than one. It’s essential to the...