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Feds charge 3 more in massive California unemployment fraud

Apr. 09, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday that they have charged three Southern California women with using prison inmates' names to bilk a state agency out of a combined nearly $1.25 million in coronavirus-related unemployment benefits, the latest allegations in an ongoing...

Nebraska sets stage for new prison, stops short of approval

Apr. 09, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers set the stage Friday for a new, $230 million prison even as other states close theirs, but they stopped short of fully endorsing the idea. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to $14.9 million in state funding that would allow the...

4 accused of getting pandemic jobless benefits for inmates

Apr. 09, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted four people for their roles in a scheme to use the identities of 35 Virginia prison inmates to secure more than $300,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, federal authorities said Friday. Two women worked...

Inmate charged in Iowa prison deaths had threatened before

Apr. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An inmate charged with beating two Iowa prison employees to death with a hammer had threatened to assault staff at another prison a year earlier using a different maintenance tool, according to records released Friday. Michael Dutcher testified...

Washington Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics, gear

Apr. 09, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas, after police killings of Black people sparked tumultuous racial-justice protests last year. Majority...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board. April 8, 2021. Editorial: CT must catch up with times on voting There shouldn’t be anything partisan about voting rights. In an ideal world, expanding the franchise would be seen as a basic political goal of...

Inmates sue over county's handling of COVID-19

Apr. 09, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than a dozen current and former inmates have sued Multnomah County over its handling of COVID-19. In federal court documents filed this week, the inmates allege they contracted the virus at the county’s Inverness Jail because they were...

Orange County inmate convicted in daring jail escape

Apr. 08, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — One of three men accused of carrying out an elaborate escape from a Southern California jail has been convicted of the jailbreak and of kidnapping a taxi driver while on the run, authorities announced Thursday. Bac Tien Duong, 48, was found...

Senators give initial OK to $9.7B Nebraska budget package

Apr. 08, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a $9.7 billion state budget that includes more money for property tax credits and college scholarships while setting aside $115 million for a possible state prison to ease overcrowding. Lawmakers...

NJ settles misconduct claims with women inmates for $21M

Apr. 08, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey and women incarcerated in the state's only women's prison have reached a nearly $21 million settlement over longstanding allegations of abuse and harassment at the facility, embattled Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks told lawmakers on Thursday during a...