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Some Idaho trails fade, others disappear as funds fall

Oct. 19, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When John McCarthy joined a seasonal Forest Service trail crew in the late 1970s, some of the trails forged through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in 1964 already were fading. Forty years after he left, some of them are gone and McCarthy, a former environment reporter and current...

Officials: Affordable housing fund is rarely fully funded

Oct. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — State legislators often use the dollars intended for affordable housing programs for other purposes. To the detriment of affordable housing programs in Northwest Florida and the rest of the Sunshine State, the state Legislature earlier this year took another massive bite out of the...

Meth crisis rising in Wisconsin amid effort to fight opioids

Oct. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jess Przybylski had never really dealt with loss. Then the father of her children was killed in a car crash. In 2011, her friends offered her methamphetamine to distract from the grief. Soon after, Przybylski lost her job. Her two children were taken from her once, then once more when she...

US says it recently paid cash-strapped UN $180 million

Oct. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Friday it has paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues and expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks, which should help ease the U.N.'s worst cash crisis in nearly a decade. U.S. deputy ambassador Cherith Norman...

Accounting done, Louisiana surplus has precise figure: $535M

Oct. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's budget surplus has edged up to nearly $535 million. That's the precise number presented to the joint House and Senate budget committee Friday, after accountants confirmed the figure. Previous estimates were pegged around $500 million. Financial analysts say most of the...

EU leaders censure Turkey over military action against Kurds

Oct. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders issued a strong condemnation Friday of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, urging Ankara to immediately stop what French President Emmanuel Macron called "madness." At the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Brussels that largely focused...

Dunleavy discusses rural public safety, budget in speech

Oct. 17, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy outlined plans aimed at improving public safety in rural Alaska during a speech Thursday to a major gathering of Alaska Natives that was interrupted by protests. The speech during a televised meeting of the Alaska Federation of Natives in Fairbanks...

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

Georgia Lottery says quarterly profit sets new record

Oct. 17, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's tax revenue may be threatening to stagnate, but lottery revenue continues to grow. The Georgia Lottery Corp. said Thursday that it is transferring nearly $292 million in profits to the state treasury from the first three months of the state budget year that began July 1. That's...

Connecticut state managers signing up for union-like group

Oct. 17, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Frustrated about being "an easy target" in Connecticut's budget battles, close to 200 state employee managers have so far agreed to join forces with a major state employee union in hopes of gaining more clout at the state Capitol. Pamphlets have been distributed in recent weeks to a...