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Florida Senate committee advances 'anti-riot' measure

Apr. 09, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would increase penalties against violent protestors narrowly cleared a Florida Senate committee on Friday — after hours of passionate debate with deep racial overtones — and is another step closer to reaching the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...

Judge rules in favor of businesses challenging COVID orders

Apr. 09, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge on Friday temporarily blocked applying some of the state's pandemic-related restrictions to several restaurants and breweries challenging the governor's actions. Scott County Circuit Judge Brian Privett said in his narrowly...

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell on Friday asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy New Mexico National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as more migrant families and unaccompanied children arrive, but the Democratic governor's office suggested that she redirect her...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs adding second session

Apr. 09, 2021 04:38 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs will add a second summer session this year to accommodate increasing demand, Gov. Andy Beshear's office said. The program allows Kentucky high school students to focus on product innovation during a...

Storage facility expansion at port to create 50 jobs

Apr. 07, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The planned expansion of a cold storage facility at an eastern Port of New Orleans location will create 50 new jobs, the Louisiana governor's office said Tuesday. The project was announced in a news release by Gov. John Bel Edwards, port CEO Brandy...

Governor names former Medicaid director to lead agency again

Apr. 07, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday that he will nominate a former state Medicaid director to return as the agency's leader. Robert Kerr, who headed the Department of Health and Human Services between 2003 and 2007, must still be...

Georgia lawmaker won't face charges for voting bill protest

Apr. 07, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia lawmaker who was arrested after knocking on the door of the governor's office as he made televised comments in support of the sweeping, controversial new election law he'd just signed will not be charged, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Rep....

House votes to override Idaho governor's tax commission veto

Apr. 07, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Wednesday voted to override Republican Gov. Brad Little’s veto of a bill involving the responsibilities of the chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission and the three other commissioners. Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated chamber...

Montana governor catches COVID-19, shows mild symptoms

Apr. 06, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and first lady Susan Gianforte have tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office announced. Gianforte's office disclosed Monday evening that he had been tested after experiencing unspecified symptoms a day...

Mobile unit will bring COVID-19 shots to rural Maine areas

Apr. 06, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Maine is going to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get COVID-19 vaccines to residents in rural and under-served communities, officials with the state said Tuesday. The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the state...