Latest Executive branch News

Colorado company locating graphite plant in Alabama

Jun. 22, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A processing plant planned for east Alabama will produce a key component that's needed to build batteries for electric vehicles and other applications, officials said Tuesday. Westwater Resources Inc. of Centennial, Colorado, plans to open the...

EU approves 191.5 billion euros in recovery funds for Italy

Jun. 22, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union's executive Commission on Tuesday formally approved 191.5 billion euros ($228.5 billion) in pandemic recovery funds for Italy, the 27-nation bloc's third-biggest economy. Premier Mario Draghi said the funds will make Italy “more just,...

EU warns Hungary, Poland of action over democratic standards

Jun. 22, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch warned Hungary and Poland Tuesday that it will take action if they continue to violate the 27-nation bloc’s democratic standards, amid signs that both countries have little intention of changing their ways. ...

Netanyahu's moving out, but not soon enough for critics

Jun. 20, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu says he and his family will move out of Israel's official prime minister's residence by July 10, nearly a month after he was ousted from office following a record 12-year reign. That's not nearly soon enough for critics who have long...

New Lincoln Museum podcast explores Illinois music legends

Jun. 19, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new podcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features conversations about legendary Illinois musicians and bands, sometimes with the performers themselves. The State of Sound podcast is a...

New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Jun. 17, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state’s military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn’t sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were...

Louisiana state workers get half-day holiday for Juneteenth

Jun. 17, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is shutting down state offices early Friday, giving workers a half-day off in honor of Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The Democratic governor recently signed a bill by Rep. Larry...

Gianforte donates salary to facility treating drug addiction

Jun. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that he will contribute his salary from the first quarter of 2021 to a Hardin facility treating substance abuse in southeast Montana. Gianforte, a multimillionaire, said last year he would donate his...

Austrian rubber products company opening site in Newnan

Jun. 16, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — An Austrian rubber products company is expanding its presence in Georgia with a new headquarters and manufacturing site that is expected to create 70 jobs, the governor's office announced. Semperit Industrial Products is locating its headquarters for...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 16, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Awful ‘audit’ idea hatched by GOP in Pa. It seemed only a matter of time before Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania hopped on the “election audit” bandwagon. Turns out, they’ve...