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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins of San Diego speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California's Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on a budget they say covers the state's estimated $54.3 billion deficit while avoiding most of Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care services.The agreement, announced Wednesday, June 3, 2020, by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and the chairs of the legislative budget committees,

California lawmakers agree to close $54.3 billion budget gap

Jun. 3, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Legislative leaders on Wednesday rejected billions of dollars in budget cuts to public schools and health care services that Gov. Gavin Newsom had proposed, setting up a fight with the governor over how to close the state's estimated $54.3 billion budget deficit....

Reps. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, left; Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles, center; and Jerome

Louisiana lawmakers finish regular session without budget

Jun. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wrapping up a shortened regular session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana lawmakers Monday handed business groups the limits on car wreck lawsuits that they've sought for years while punting completion of next year's budget to another session. The House and Senate...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. From left with Trump are, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Twitter on truth and consequences

May. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

Kansas man charged $50K in medical bills after accident

May. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Alvin Letner doesn’t remember signing the form where he promises to pay a medical bill of nearly $50,000 he hadn’t yet seen. Much of that day in July 2019 is a blank for him. A dog ran onto the highway as he and other motorcyclists on a veterans fundraiser rode by. It...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins of San Diego speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. The California Senate's plan to cover a projected budget deficit rejects Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed cuts to public education and health care programs. Newsom's plan would cut funding for public schools by about $8 billion. The Senate's plan would restore $2.7 billion of those cuts, the rest being deferred to future years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Senate plan would reject most of governor's cuts

May. 28, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate on Thursday rejected most of Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care programs, instead endorsing a plan that would cover the state's estimated $54.3 billion deficit by taking more money from reserves and...

Bill Forchion, of Brattleboro, Vt., paints hearts onto slate and gives them out for free to people in the community in hopes of raising their spirits Thursday, May 28, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont tests Rutland prison; no coronavirus cases found

May. 28, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections said Thursday it has completed testing of inmates and staff at the Rutland prison for the virus that causes COVID-19 and no cases were detected. The department announced the results of the tests of 117 inmates and 87 staff members of the Marble...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook for 2020 over pages of a Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General report, are shown in Washington. The Trump administration says most people with Medicare will have access to prescription plans next year that limit copays for insulin to a maximum of $35 a month. Tuesday's announcement comes as President Donald Trump returns to the issue of drug prices to woo older people whose votes will be critical to his reelection prospects. (AP Photos/Wayne Partlow, File)

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

May. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Medicare recipients could pay less for insulin next year under a deal President Donald Trump announced Tuesday in a pivot to pocketbook issues important in November's election. “I hope the seniors are going to remember it,” Trump said at a Rose Garden ceremony, joined...

In this May 19, 2020, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters after meeting with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is at a crossroads in the Covid-19 crisis. Lawmakers are wrestling over whether to “go big” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants for the next relief bill or hit “pause” as McConnell insists. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

McConnell discusses prospects for another round of relief

May. 26, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

Faced with a collapsed job market, Congress needs to tend to unemployment insurance funds supporting millions thrown out of work, but surging debt means there are limits to the scope of federal aid to help heal the coronavirus -damaged economy, the Senate's top leader said Tuesday. In his first public appearances...

Arizona House OKs virus liability shield for businesses

May. 21, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House voted Thursday to give businesses sweeping protections from lawsuits if their customers or employees get sick from the coronavirus and to eliminate criminal penalties for violating the governor's public-health orders. Republicans, who approved the bill in a party-line...

Northam says 30,000 enrolled in Medicaid during pandemic

May. 20, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says almost 30,000 adults have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program since he declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Northam said Wednesday that more than 420,000 Virginians have enrolled in Medicaid since the...