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Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor's race

Aug. 22, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Thursday that no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election. Attorney General Jim Hood said he watched the 30-minute Republican debate Wednesday night...

Trump scraps plan to push for foreign aid cut

Aug. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan opposition, President Donald Trump has scrapped an effort to cut some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers had already approved. A senior administration official and a Democratic congressional aide confirmed the decision Thursday. Both spoke on condition of anonymity...

Man accused in 1987 Canada abduction pleads guilty in US

Aug. 22, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Canadian man who authorities say abducted his toddler son in Toronto in 1987 and lived on the lam for 31 years has pleaded guilty to a U.S. charge in Connecticut. Allan Mann Jr. admitted Thursday in federal court in New Haven that he provided false information about his identity...

Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

Aug. 22, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an...

Virginia penalized for high error rate in SNAP payments

Aug. 22, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal government has penalized the Virginia Department of Social Services more than $3.8 million over food assistance payment errors. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the average rate of payment error nationwide for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was 6.5% in...

Providence bike share program put on 'pause'

Aug. 22, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials say they are temporarily suspending the city's bike share program following reports that the bikes are being misused. Mayor Jorge Elorza's office in a statement Thursday said they are announcing a "pause" in the popular electric Jump bike program. The statement...

Medicaid expansion improves access to opioid treatment

Aug. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Medicaid expansion in Maine is starting to improve access to treatments for opioid use disorder. The state's Medicaid expansion has provided health care coverage to low-income, mostly childless adults, most of whom were previously uninsured. Of the 35,000 adults who gained coverage...

New Mexico settles with 2 more behavioral health providers

Aug. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached settlements with two more providers whose Medicaid claims were frozen as part of a shake-up in the state's behavioral health care system. The state agreed Tuesday to pay TeamBuilders Counseling Services more than $1.9 million. It agreed last month to pay more...

New program gives some with Medicaid partial dental coverage

Aug. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A dental insurance pilot program in Maryland has launched for certain Medicaid recipients and pays to remove teeth but not replace them. The Baltimore Sun reports the Maryland Department of Health has budgeted $4.2 million for the program's first year. About 33,000 adults with a disability...

The Latest: Reeves, Waller: Driver's license lines too long

Aug. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Two Republican candidates for Mississippi governor say they want to increase teacher pay and shorten the wait time at driver's license bureaus. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice...