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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the summer coronavirus spike in Sunbelt states subsides, Florida has gone the furthest in lifting restrictions, especially on restaurants where the burden of ensuring safety has shifted to business owners and residents _ raising concerns of a resurgence. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Florida governor requires schools to remain open

Nov. 30, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that schools will be required to remain open despite the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, arguing lockdowns and closures have not worked. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, left, joins his partner, Marlon Reis, in acknowledging the crowd after Polis took the oath of office during the inauguration ceremony in Denver. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has tested positive for the coronavirus. Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night, Nov. 28, 2020.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, Pool)

Colorado lawmakers consider emergency COVID relief package

Nov. 30, 2020 1:41 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Citing Congress' failure to pass a new coronavirus economic relief package, Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature convened on Monday in a special session called by Gov. Jared Polis to pass bills offering sales tax relief and state grants to small businesses, tenants and public school...

Casperson, 'titan' of the Upper Peninsula, dies at age 61

Nov. 30, 2020 10:13 AM EST

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Tom Casperson, a former state lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula who cast a key vote to expand Medicaid and built alliances with labor unions, has died at age 61. Casperson, a Republican from Escanaba, died Sunday. He had been stricken with cancer. Fellow Republicans in the Senate...

Rancher Mike Wilcox surveys the debris left at the site of the Keystone-Wallace Copper Mill, where he worked briefly in the 1970s on Nov. 12, 2020. Wilcox fears a copper mine's plans to pump diluted sulfuric acid into the shallow aquifer that supplies his well will drive him out of business.  (Zak Podmore/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Ranchers, landowners worry about copper mine's plan

Nov. 29, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LISBON VALLEY, Utah (AP) — When Mike Wilcox was a young man in the mid-1970s, he took a job at the Keystone-Wallace copper mine and mill near his home in Lisbon Valley, Utah. Some days, Wilcox went down in the open pit and dug a series of deep holes that were each loaded with 100 pounds of explosives....

Georgia gives $1M in credits for affordable housing in Rome

Nov. 29, 2020 10:27 AM EST

ROME, Ga. (AP) — The state of Georgia has awarded nearly $1 million in tax credits to help build 80 mixed-income apartments in Rome. The Rome News-Tribune reports the $17 million project is a partnership between North Carolina-based developer Laurel Street and the South Rome Alliance. Construction is...

Members in the House of Representatives listen as Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston speaks during Organization Day at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, pool)

School funding issue persists as Indiana lawmakers reconvene

Nov. 28, 2020 10:04 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As state legislators gear up to craft the next two-year budget, school districts around Indiana continue to face funding uncertainties amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The turmoil that Indiana schools have faced from COVID-19 will be a top concern of legislators during their...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

Arizona uses federal COVID-19 money to reduce state spending

Nov. 27, 2020 4:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. Ducey's office touts that move as prudent budgeting that will...

FILE - Gov. Bill Lee speaks during the Tennessee Higher Education Commission session of the state budget hearings Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.  A prominent voucher group’s outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition. According to emails detailing the implementation efforts, officials were clashing with the American Federation for Children as it rushed to get the voucher program up and running.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Emails: School choice org caused 'confusion' in voucher plan

Nov. 27, 2020 10:17 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent voucher group's outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, a state official said in emails...

Indiana cigarette tax proposal raises questions on spending

Nov. 26, 2020 12:57 PM EST

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana legislative leaders are willing to increase the state's cigarette tax but say any measure must include specifics on how the new revenue will be used to improve public health. Indiana's 21.8% adult smoking rate is one of the highest in the nation, The (Northwest Indiana) Times ...

Fulton County Ga. election chief Richard Barron listens to a question during a press conference while workers scan ballots behind him as the presidential recount gets under way Wednesday morning, Nov. 25, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  County election workers across Georgia have begun an official machine recount of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state. The recount was requested by President Donald Trump after certified results showed him losing the state to Democrat Joe Biden by 12,670 votes, or 0.25%. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Paper shredding drives false election claims in Georgia

Nov. 25, 2020 5:59 PM EST

Government and election officials frequently call on shredding companies to dispose of personal and sensitive documents that are no longer needed. But in a suburban county of Atlanta this week, those routine waste removal appointments were twisted into yet another election misinformation story when social media...