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Whitmer declares emergency for Detroit suburbs after storms

Aug. 03, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

LANSING. Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for three suburban Detroit cities after they requested state aide for damage caused by severe thunderstorms and high winds July 7. Whitmer issued the declaration Monday for the...

Oklahoma doctor does not expect session on virus masking

Aug. 03, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma Medical Association said Tuesday that talks with Gov. Kevin Stitt show no sign that a special legislative session is in the offing to overturn a law banning schools from requiring masks. “We have been talking and...

Mississippi closer to takeover of Holmes County schools

Aug. 03, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Board of Education is recommending that the state take control of the Holmes County Consolidated School District after an audit showed longstanding problems with financial management, academic achievement and student safety. The...

More Montana National Guard soldiers to help with wildfires

Aug. 03, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said Tuesday that he would increase the number of National Guard troops helping respond to wildfires. There are 84 soldiers deployed to help firefighting efforts as the state faces record drought and heat that have made...

Ex-WVa mayor pleads guilty in flood recovery funds probe

Aug. 03, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A former mayor in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to stealing federal relief funds meant to rebuild his city after a massive 2016 flood. Ex-Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber, 70, pleaded guilty Monday in Nicholas County Circuit Court to one count of...

Burlington police say shootout highlights staffing need

Aug. 03, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The police commission in Vermont’s most populous city is urging the city council to allow the police department to hire eight officers to help them respond better to emergency situations. Acting Chief of Police Jon Murad in Burlington says the...

White House calls on states to prevent evictions

Aug. 02, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House moved Monday to pressure state and local governments to swiftly adopt policies to protect renters after an eviction moratorium expired over the weekend, potentially pushing millions of Americans out of their homes. In a statement on...

Colorado governor plans disaster declaration after mudslides

Aug. 02, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Monday he was planning to issue a state disaster declaration and it could be “a few days to a few weeks” before a canyon in the western part of the state can be reopened following massive mudslides that blocked Interstate 70, a major...

Italy's Draghi wins confidence votes on justice reforms

Aug. 02, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi's government easily won two confidence votes early Tuesday, securing approval from lawmakers in Parliament's lower chamber for a key justice system overhaul that Italy needs as part of reforms to help secure generous pandemic recovery funds from the European...

Arkansas reports 42 new virus deaths, hospitalizations spike

Aug. 02, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 42 new COVID-19 deaths Monday and its biggest one-day spike in coronavirus hospitalizations since the pandemic began. The Department of Health reported 81 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, bringing the state's total to 1,220. The...