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Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Jul. 27, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators and the White House are locked in intense negotiations to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door...

Whitmer OKs $385M bill with aid for hospitals, nursing homes

Jul. 26, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a $385 million supplemental budget bill, two-thirds of which will go to Michigan hospitals and nursing homes confronting financial pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new law allocates $10 million...

Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Jul. 26, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Monday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of...

Northam wants $500M for school air quality projects

Jul. 26, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans Monday to allocate $250 million of the state's federal coronavirus relief money to projects that will improve air quality in public schools. In a statement, the Democratic governor said the state funding...

North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week

Jul. 26, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is slowing down this week as lawmakers prepare for budget negotiations and action on other measures during August. The state Senate plans no recorded floor votes until next week, while House leaders say they'll...

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

Jul. 25, 2021 22:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal early this coming week are hitting a major roadblock over how much money should go to public transit, the group’s lead Republican negotiator said Sunday. As discussions continued through the...

Spartanburg County ends roads fee after high court ruling

Jul. 25, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Spartanburg County Council has voted to ends its $25 a year road fee in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision tossing a similar fee out in neighboring Greenville County. There have been other attempts in recent years to repeal the fee...

Whitmer's veto of reading scholarships sparks voucher debate

Jul. 25, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's veto of $155 million in proposed spending on reading scholarships for students has sparked fresh criticism from opponents who say it would have addressed pandemic-related learning loss and approval from those who liken the grants to vouchers. ...

Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Jul. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman's last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care...