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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; investor and liberal activist Tom Steyer. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and...

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants' conditions

Jul. 12, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House Democratic freshmen who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas "in front of the American flag" and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to discourage future...

Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs

Jul. 11, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the financial...

Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Wing could resume flying

Jul. 4, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 183rd Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard could start flying F-16s again after spending years repairing them if the state's two U.S. senators have their way. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Dick Durbin have proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act...

Correction: Trump-New Accuser story

Jun. 27, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

In a story June 26 about a sexual misconduct accusation against President Donald Trump, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a U.S. senator from Hawaii. She is Mazie Hirono, not Hirnono. A corrected version of the story is below: Latest sex accusation against Trump lands with a thud Some see the muted...

White House threatens to veto House border bill

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Monday to veto a Democratic-written $4.5 billion House bill aimed at improving the treatment of migrant families detained after crossing the southern border into the U.S., saying the measure would hamstring Trump administration border security efforts. The...

Report: Former housing official hasn't paid

Jun. 23, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — A published report says the former director of a southern Illinois housing authority ordered to pay a $500,000 fine for mismanaging public housing funds and program fraud hasn't made a single payment after seven months. The Southern Illinoisan reports U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy...

TV weatherman who called out his employer is fired

Jun. 13, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois broadcast meteorologist who was taken off television after criticizing an unpopular "Code Red" weather alert system has been fired, his former employer said. Joe Crain's dismissal was confirmed Thursday by Rob Ford, a spokesman for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns...

'Code Red' weather alert ditched after meteorologist's knock

Jun. 10, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A popular meteorologist has been absent from local television newscasts since criticizing a corporate weather-alert brand last week, prompting an advertising boycott, social media protests and a complaint from a U.S. senator. Joe Crain, a WICS-TV staff member since 2004,...

The Latest: TV station will change 'Code Red' weather alert

Jun. 10, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Springfield, Illinois meteorologist who criticized the corporate weather-alert brand (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The TV station whose "Code Red" weather alert drew an on-air reproach from its meteorologist last week says it is softening the name and developing...