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AARP: State needs to prioritize older residents for vaccine

Jan. 22, 2021 8:32 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Advocates for the elderly are calling on Rhode Island to prioritize vaccinating older residents against COVID-19. The AARP's Rhode Island office on Friday demanded Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and other state leaders revise the state’s vaccination plan to immediately...

Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, makes remarks during a special hearing regarding complaints and calls for removal from his position Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas House panel to warn new member over past behavior

Jan. 22, 2021 7:54 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A newly elected Kansas lawmaker accused of threatening two state officials and abusive behavior toward girls and young women before taking his seat will get a public warning about his past conduct rather than facing possible removal from office, a committee decided Friday. A state House...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Arizona, 15th state with legal pot, sees recreational sales

Jan. 22, 2021 7:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold that joins 14 other states that have broadly legalized pot. The state Health Services Department on Friday announced it had approved 86 licenses in nine of the...

In this image provided by Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, pharmacy staff members unpack the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines at the hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. The medical center was the first in New Mexico to receive doses as hospitals elsewhere around the state prepared for deliveries later this week. (Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center via AP)

New Mexico leads nation in Medicaid health care enrollment

Jan. 22, 2021 7:25 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has surpassed all other states in its reliance on Medicaid health care as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc and shifts the way people receive health care, the state's Medicaid director told a panel of lawmakers on Friday. Residents have flocked to the federal- and...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asks Vera Leip, 88, how she feels after nurse Christine Philips, left, administered the Pfizer vaccine at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. State officials acknowledged that it could take a few more days to reach the milestone. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

Jan. 22, 2021 6:43 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a made-for-TV moment: A 100-year-old World War II veteran getting a vaccine against the coronavirus. “An American hero,” the governor proclaimed Friday, would be the 1 millionth senior in his state to get a lifesaving shot in the arm. As...

NAACP files suit over virus outbreak at Georgia prison

Jan. 22, 2021 5:48 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The NAACP has filed suit against Georgia prison officials, blaming a lack of COVID-19 testing and insufficient safeguards for an outbreak that infected nearly 1-in-10 inmates with the coronavirus at one prison. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to order officials at Coffee Correctional...

Vaccine registration off to strong start in New Hampshire

Jan. 22, 2021 5:08 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Registration for the next phase of New Hampshire's coronavirus vaccination plan got off to a quick start Friday, with more than 70,000 people signing up in the first hour and more than 147,000 by late afternoon. Registration opened at 8 a.m. for the approximately 325,000 people in...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem, Ore. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, the Democrat delivered her State of the State address, reflecting on the challenges Oregonians have faced in the last year, the pandemic, protests, wildfires and outlined her goals for the future, focusing on racial equity, ensuring children return to school, mitigating wildfire danger and expanding health care access. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Governor defends decision to vaccinate Oregon teachers first

Jan. 22, 2021 4:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Friday defended her decision to reject federal guidelines and prioritize teachers for the COVID-19 vaccine before the elderly, stating that if all of Oregon's seniors were vaccinated first teachers would likely not be vaccinated before the school year and many...

Niche growers supply high-end marijuana market in Arizona

Jan. 22, 2021 2:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Inside a nondescript block building near Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, workers pack hundreds of vacuum-sealed glass jars with high-end marijuana. They will sell for a steep premium at medical dispensaries across the state. Nearby, thousands of marijuana plants are meticulously...

Lamont says he has no interest in raising taxes in budget

Jan. 22, 2021 2:32 PM EST

Gov. Ned Lamont gave business leaders a relatively optimistic outlook Friday by telling them he has “no interest” in raising taxes and doesn't foresee slashing funding for social services in his two-year state budget, which is due Feb. 10. The Democratic governor told members of the Connecticut...