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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2007, file photo, Wyoming state Sen. Grant Larson, R-Jackson, discusses funding for the budget during an afternoon session of the Legislature in Cheyenne, Wyo. Larson had several heart surgeries in recent years. He had a lung infection in the days before he died in the house he and his family built. Grant Larson died on Sept. 11, 2020, in Jackson, Wyo. He was 87. (Michael Smith/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, File)

Larson remembered as dedicated, practical Wyoming lawmaker

Sep. 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grant Larson came home on a pass from the Air Force in 1957 with his wife, Maralyn, and went shopping for a place to build a house. Jackson saloon owner Lewis Gill took them out to some unwanted land he’d bought with gambling winnings and subdivided. The Gill Addition was up...

The sign for Tyler Technologies is seen outside the company's offices, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Plano, Texas. The major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments, including the online publishing of election results, has told customers that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and IT systems. Plano, Texas-based Tyler Technologies told customers in an email that it discovered the breach and contacted law enforcement and enlisted outside cybersecurity help. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hacked software provider acknowledges ransomware attack

Sep. 25, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments acknowledged Friday that it was hit by a ransomware attack two days after telling clients an unknown intruder had compromised its phone and information technology systems. Tyler Technologies said in a statement that it...

Dallas approves $3.8B budget that increases police spending

Sep. 24, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas City Council approved a $3.8 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year that includes increasing police spending by nearly $8 million despite calls to cut the department's funding. After meeting for more than 12 hours on Wednesday, the overall budget of about $3.8 billion was passed...

Lauren Boebert, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Colorado's vast 3rd Congressional District, attends a freedom cruise staged by her supporters Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Pueblo West, Colo.  Boebert has wasted no time in courting the president, his base and national party leaders in her campaign to keep the seat in GOP hands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pistol-packing GOP House hopeful channels Trump in Colorado

Sep. 24, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (AP) — It was a Donald Trump rally, in miniature. About 200 people, many waving flags and some with open-carry sidearms tucked into holsters or the back of their jeans, joined a “Freedom Cruise” caravan earlier this month that wound through the streets of Pueblo West, a...

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker known for a memorable slogan is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. Hawaiian Host Inc. has asked vendors to settle invoices with the...

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifies during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Mnuchin and Powell back jobless aid and small business loans

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the government’s top priorities in any new economic relief package should be to provide affordable loans to small businesses and further support for millions of Americans still...

Software provider to state and local governments hacked

Sep. 24, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A major provider of software services to state, county and local governments, including the online publishing of election results, told customers Wednesday that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and information technology systems. Tyler Technologies, a Plano, Texas-based S&P 500...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 22, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Rootstown’s school leaders failed to stand up to racism Akron Beacon Journal Sept. 20 America’s summer of cultural awakening about persistent racism in our country clearly didn’t resonate in Rootstown’s school...

Anchorage projects $17M budget shortfall due to coronavirus

Sep. 21, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The municipal government of Alaska's largest city has projected a $17 million revenue shortfall for 2020 because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The loss represents 3% of the general government operating budget for Anchorage, The Anchorage Daily News reported on...

Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch, rubs hand sanitizer on her hands after voting in the party presidential primary in Ridgeland, Miss., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Polling locations are providing hand sanitizers for voters to use as a cautionary measure in light of the coronavirus health concern nationwide. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Quirky or serious, legal opinions guide officials

Sep. 20, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Can a Mississippi school district give financial rewards to students who do well on college entrance exams? Can a city government remove a dilapidated building if the owner does not do it? Is the sheriff's son allowed to work as a volunteer deputy? These are among the questions...