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Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Aug. 17, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

Indianapolis Business Journal. August 12, 2022. Editorial: Impact of abortion ban demands review When Indiana punches above its weight class or fixes government missteps, it’s usually because the state’s most influential corporate citizens have helped lead the...

Honor or cultural appropriation? Hospital name spurs debate

Aug. 16, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — While segregation was still casting its ugly shadow over the U.S., the Homer G. Phillips Hospital was providing top-notch medical care to a predominantly African American part of St. Louis and training some of the world's best Black doctors and nurses. The 660-bed...

Smokies to require parking passes beginning next March

Aug. 15, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Beginning next March, visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park will need to purchase a parking pass to use the facilities. Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said in an interview the fee is needed to keep up with maintenance and staffing demands at...

Social media addiction bill fails in California Legislature

Aug. 11, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that could have forced some popular social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok to pay fines for using features they know can harm children. The bill would have let the state attorney general or...

EXPLAINER: How health care for vets became fight in Congress

Aug. 02, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would enhance health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits hit a snag in the Senate last week, angering advocates like comedian Jon Stewart who say help from the government is long overdue. Lawmakers have been...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 29, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Post spreads baseless claim about...

Pennsylvania universities reject GOP call to freeze tuition

Jul. 27, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four Pennsylvania universities said Wednesday they will follow through with tuition increases despite calls from House Republicans to roll back the price hikes. The lawmakers, including Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, the GOP nominee for governor, argue Penn...

Hobbled by chip, other shortages, GM profit slides 40% in Q2

Jul. 26, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' second-quarter net income fell 40% from a year ago as computer chip and parts shortages hobbled factory output and drove the company's U.S. sales down more than 15%. The Detroit automaker earned $1.67 billion from April through June, in part because...

Arkansas lawmakers urge schools to use funds for bonuses

Jul. 23, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday took back the authority they gave for the state to distribute about $460 million in remaining federal COVID-19 relief funds to school districts, saying they want schools to use the money for teacher and staff bonuses. The move...

Budget would leave billions unspent, boost education funding

Jul. 08, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers, nearly a week into the state's new fiscal year, began passing budget legislation Thursday to add billions into surplus accounts, significantly boost education spending and fund new environmental programs. The Republican-majority House...