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Registered nurse Phillip Parker, left, takes the temperature of Oklahoma state Sen. Marty Quinn, right, R-Claremore, as he arrives for a special session at the state Capitol Monday, April 6, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Due to COVID-19 concerns, everyone entering the building had their temperature taken.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

Apr. 6, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The House and Senate met in special session and approved the resolution under the never-before-used Catastrophic Health Emergency Act, which gives Gov. Kevin Stitt the...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz prepares to deliver his delayed State of the State address over YouTube from his residence in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 5, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz expects to extend stay-at-home through end of April

Apr. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country but the state must not get complacent, Gov. Walz said Monday, as he prepared to extend a stay-at-home order that he imposed nearly two weeks ago. “Minnesota is 17 per 100,000 right now," Walz told reporters of...

Vietnam veteran John Durfee salutes the American Flag from his balcony as it raised in the courtyard on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at The Cardinal at North Hills in Raleigh, N.C. Durfee's wife Patricia joins him as do other neighboring residents for their morning ritual, staying in their homes now to practice social distancing. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Legislative economist predicts billion-dollar hit to revenue

Apr. 3, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s chief legislative economist has estimated that state revenue collections could take a billion-dollar hit during the current budget cycle due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state could see overall revenue fall $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion below previous...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

A man takes pictures of a countdown display for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Tokyo.  The countdown clock is ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. They will be July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clock read 479 days to go. This seems light years away, but also small and insignificant compared to the worldwide fallout from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The countdown clock is clicking again for the Tokyo Olympics

Mar. 31, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown clocks have been reset and are ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. The model outside Tokyo Station, and others across the Japanese capital, were switched on almost immediately after organizers announced the new dates — July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clocks read 479 days to...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., walks at the Capitol in Washington. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hawks no more: Fiscal conservatives embrace rescue package

Mar. 28, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis. In many cases, the...

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel, right, speaks to Senate Finance Committee Co-chair Bert Stedman before the start of a budget conference committee meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. A conference committee of House and Senate negotiators was tasked with hammering out differences on a state spending package. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska lawmakers fall short of self-imposed goal to finish

Mar. 27, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers fell short of a self-imposed goal of completing their most pressing work Friday, with key measures, including a state spending package and bills related to the coronavirus, yet to be finalized. Friday marked Day 67 of a legislative session that, under the...

Arkansas Senate President Jim Hendren wipes down the lectern in the Senate chamber at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, March 27, 2020. Lawmakers approved creating a $173 million rainy day fund to combat coronavirus and to prevent some agencies' budgets from being cut due to a shortfall projected because of the shortfall. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

Arkansas lawmakers approve COVID-19 fund as virus cases rise

Mar. 27, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted Friday to create a $173 million rainy day fund to combat coronavirus and to prevent some agencies’ budgets from being cut because of the pandemic’s economic fallout. The House and Senate unanimously approved identical bills moving the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Kentucky Senate Majority floor Leader Damon Thayer, addresses the members of the Senate during the opening session of the Kentucky State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky. Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers worked on a coronavirus-relief measure Thursday, March 26, 2020 to help cushion workers and employers from economic damage caused by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, file)

Kentucky lawmakers pass coronavirus-relief measure

Mar. 26, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers passed a measure Thursday offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The relief bill comes amid a dramatically shrinking economy as businesses statewide close or scale back...

Census address work succeeded despite trouble hiring staff

Mar. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Even though the U.S. Census Bureau had trouble finding workers for its massive address-verification work late last summer, it managed to complete the job under budget because of better-than-expected productivity of its staffers, according to a new report. The 32,000 workers sent out...