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Rural Missouri residents in limbo following hospital closure

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — The same sign is displayed on every doorway: “Due to voluntary TEMPORARY license suspension, no patient care services will be provided at this time.” But the I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs has stood, closed and empty, since February 2019. Just beyond...

Arizona faces estimated $1.1B budget shortfall due to virus

Apr. 9, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona faces an estimated $1.1 billion budget shortfall in the coming year because of the massive economic hit caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Legislature's top budget analyst said Thursday. But there is so much uncertainly around state revenue that the damage could be $500...

Medical professionals review procedure at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, while waiting for a

Mississippi shows wide racial gap in impact of coronavirus

Apr. 8, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Numbers released Wednesday show the stark disparity in how the new coronavirus is affecting black and white Mississippians, reflecting longstanding health problems in a state where African Americans are more likely to be poor and uninsured. The state Health Department said 72% of...

Dunleavy cuts budget, says federal aid can help offset brunt

Apr. 7, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced wide-ranging budget vetoes Tuesday amid a collapse in oil prices, citing expectations that many of the larger cuts, including aid for schools and local governments, would be offset through use of federal funds tied to COVID-19 relief. Some...

Recent Kansas editorials

Apr. 7, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

The Lawrence Journal-World, April 5 The Journal-World recently reported on a fun and elaborate yard sign that was placed in front of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, thanking the health care workers inside. Such signs in Lawrence could be more common than leaves in the fall or red Solo cups in Oread during Hawk Week....

Small business owner, Liyah Babayan tapes up a sign while getting set up to donate masks to those that need them Monday, April 6, 2020, on Main Avenue in Twin Falls, Idaho. Babayan and her family spent three days making around 200 masks to give out to the community, though donations are encouraged so they can continue to make masks. (Drew Nash/Times-News via AP)

Idaho officials extend statewide school closure

Apr. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Monday extended the statewide school closure because of the coronavirus through the end of the academic year, or until social distancing requirements are lifted. The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend school closures past the April 20 date for...

New Louisiana Medicaid director begins job in virus outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new state Medicaid director, who started the job Monday in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic. The state health department announced the hiring of Ruth Johnson, who has worked in state government agencies across Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas over the last...

Analysis: Reeves gets his Katrina with challenge of virus

Apr. 5, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves was a first-term state treasurer when the state was rocked by a massive and expensive disaster with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He worked with then-Gov. Haley Barbour to shape the short-term response and long-term recovery. Now just a few months into his...

Hikers take advantage of the nice weather as they walk down the Tower Trail at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Conn., on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.( Aaron Flaum/Record-Journal via AP)

Lamont plan for COVID-19 nursing homes includes extra cash

Apr. 3, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday publicly announced financial incentives for Connecticut nursing homes that agree to house only COVID-19 positive residents, a move aimed at preventing the system from being overwhelmed by the outbreak. The details of the additional funds — $600...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York. Cuomo, a Democrat, ripped the GOP-led Senate's version of the coronavirus package as

As budget passes, Cuomo says: 'The state has no money'

Apr. 3, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A $177 billion state budget passed by New York lawmakers Friday leaves leeway for spending cuts of as much as $10 billion as the full financial toll of the coronavirus outbreak becomes more clear. The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have not decided yet where to...