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Alaska governor seeks $5 million for large farming project

May. 18, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $5 million in funding for a farming project spanning 156 square miles (404 square kilometers), the largest the state has seen in decades. State lawmakers last Saturday considered the proposal for the...

Amid threats to members, House to vote on new security

May. 18, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, says it took time for him to stop constantly scanning his environment for threats when he returned from war 15 years ago. But after the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol...

Arizona sheriff's immigration patrols to cost public $200M

May. 17, 2021 23:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The costs to taxpayers from a racial profiling lawsuit stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols in metro Phoenix a decade ago are expected to reach $202 million by summer 2022. Officials approved a tentative county budget Monday...

S. Carolina teacher group drops protest plan, citing threats

May. 17, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Teacher advocacy group SC for Ed says teachers met privately on Monday after the group dropped plans for public protests in Columbia amid threats of violence. The group had scheduled an “Enough is Enough” protest to take place at the...

Analyst criticizes Newsom's spending plan as 'shortsighted'

May. 17, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite more than $100 billion of new money to spend this year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom still wants to take more than $12 billion from the state's primary savings account and other sources to increase state spending, according to an independent review of the...

Virginia revenue surplus likely to exceed $500 million

May. 17, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia is expecting a half-billion-dollar budget surplus by the end of June, blunting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, and officials are awaiting a $4.3 billion federal deposit in the state’s coffers any day. ...

Lawmakers propose changes to Lamont's plans for COVID funds

May. 17, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

Connecticut legislators recommended changes on Monday to Gov. Ned Lamont's spending proposal for more than $2.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding, including using more of the money to help replenish the state's hard-hit unemployment trust fund and boost funding for the tourism...

Cooper: Office-return advice coming as NC virus mandates end

May. 17, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that his administration is acting prudently before recommending when and how state employees should return to their offices, after doing away with most COVID-19 face covering and capacity mandates last week. ...

DeWine signs bill on grant program to help expand broadband

May. 17, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Monday creating a grant program meant to help expand broadband access in underserved and rural areas around Ohio. The Republican visited an elementary school in Middletown to sign the measure, which provides...

Business leaders oppose House-passed cuts to UM, Wayne St.

May. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Business leaders on Monday protested House-passed cuts in funding to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Wayne State University, saying the research schools are key to the state's economic competitiveness. The Republican-controlled House last...