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Ex-sheriff faces 4 to 5 years in prison for corruption

Jan. 16, 2022 11:39 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former sheriff in South Carolina convicted of abusing his power and stealing money from government programs will likely spend about four to five years in federal prison, a judge has determined. Prosecutors and attorneys for ex-Chester County Sheriff Alex...

2 years in, Utah’s cannabis program has accessibility issues

Jan. 16, 2022 08:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Since 2020, the state’s medical cannabis program has seen substantial growth. An annual report last year found that the number of active cardholders more than tripled, and pharmacies in the state more than doubled. But despite the expansion of the program,...

Let the challenges begin! Time for contesting census is here

Jan. 15, 2022 09:13 AM EST

Detroit's mayor believes tens of thousands of residents in the majority-Black city were missed in the 2020 census. Somerton, Arizona, leaders are incredulous the Census Bureau says they lost residents during a decade when the overwhelmingly Hispanic community grew enough to warrant a new high...

Louisiana seeks gov. money to plug thousands of orphan wells

Jan. 15, 2022 00:03 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Louisiana is home to 4,605 orphan oil and gas wells, some of them threatening the environment, and now plans to ask the federal government for a Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grant to help pay the estimated $401.7 million cost of plugging them. ...

Website for free virus tests is coming. How will it work?

Jan. 14, 2022 16:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden's administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits launches Wednesday, with...

Treasury: Arizona risks relief funds over anti-mandate rules

Jan. 14, 2022 14:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is threatening to recoup COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona over state provisions that it says discourage families and school districts from following federal guidance recommending face coverings in schools. At issue are two state...

With its agenda stuck, WH puts focus back on infrastructure

Jan. 14, 2022 14:08 PM EST

President Joe Biden on Friday tried to put behind recent setbacks on voting rights and his economic agenda by outlining progress made in implementing his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. “When we invest in infrastructure, we’re really investing in opportunity,”...

New Mexico lawmakers seek greater spending, voter access

Jan. 14, 2022 13:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Critical decisions on government spending, voting access, public education and criminal justice await New Mexico legislators for their upcoming 30-day legislative session that starts on Tuesday. New Mexico's state government has a multibillion-dollar general...

'I'm a better person': Northam reflects on his complex term

Jan. 14, 2022 11:57 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Ralph Northam first decided to jump into politics, he wasn't sure which party to join. He chose the Democrats, and a decade and a half later — after a quick rise in politics and an explosive scandal that nearly drove him from office — the...

NC woman pleads guilty to healthcare fraud conspiracy

Jan. 14, 2022 08:21 AM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with the owner of a pharmacy and others to bill fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of...