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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

Jan. 15, 2021 1:31 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy. The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with proposals on health care, education, labor and cybersecurity. Here's a...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

Jan. 14, 2021 6:38 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy. The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with proposals on health care, education, labor and cybersecurity. Here's a...

Massachusetts offering COVID-19 grants to small businesses

Jan. 14, 2021 5:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is highlighting efforts to help small businesses survive the economic turmoil they have suffered because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, nearly 1,600 businesses received grants totaling $78.6 million through a state COVID-19 business grant program. It’s the third...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo provided by the New Mexico Office of the Governor, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a $330 million economic relief package aimed at helping small businesses and out-of-work New Mexicans while at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. From lockdowns in tribal communities to the economic and social fallout that has reverberated throughout New Mexico, the coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. New Mexico had among the toughest public health restriction in the nation early on as Grisham called for the closure of gyms, salons and other businesses deemed nonessential. Public gatherings were banned, sports were cancelled, curbside became the norm, funerals were frowned upon and schools were forced to go virtual. (New Mexico Office of the Governor via AP, File)

New Mexico governor announces priorities for legislation

Jan. 13, 2021 4:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham enthusiastically backed recreational marijuana and a crackdown on predatory lending as she outlined her list of top priorities for 2021 legislative session on Wednesday. The endorsements include major initiatives that have been championed by the...

FILE — In this June 10, 2020 file photo Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, left, talks with Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, of Escondido, during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif. Families and a small-business economy ravaged b the coronavirus and a state agency torn by a related fraud that could top $2 billion are some of the issues the two Assembly leaders and their members face when they return to the Capitol in the new year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Virus, housing issues await returning California lawmakers

Jan. 10, 2021 11:30 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mending California's coronavirus-ravaged economy and fixing a state unemployment agency that is at the center of a titanic fraud case that could exceed $2 billion are at the top of the to-do list when lawmakers resume their session on Monday. They already have introduced numerous...

Prosecutors: Florida nurse lied to get $420k in virus relief

Jan. 9, 2021 3:00 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida nurse fraudulently obtained about $420,000 in coronavirus relief funds, federal prosecutors said. Giraldo Caraballo, 55, of Miami, made his initial appearance Friday in Miami federal court. He's charged with engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds and making false...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

California governor's budget booms despite pandemic problems

Jan. 8, 2021 8:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again swimming in money. Ten months into a pandemic that has overwhelmed hospitals and prompted government shutdowns that left millions of people out of work and forced many small businesses to close, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday revealed the most expensive...

McMaster proposes $500M for rainy day fund in new budget

Jan. 8, 2021 3:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As other states trim expenses and borrow money amid the economic fallout prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is already looking to shore up the state's rainy day fund with $500 million for a future crisis. McMaster released his spending proposals...

Las Vegas mayor voices optimism in state of the city address

Jan. 8, 2021 1:54 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave her annual state of the city address virtually on Thursday, expressing optimism after a challenging year for the city and its residents. Las Vegas was forced to cut $124 million from its budget last year as a result of economic distress caused by the...

Hospitality owner receives $309,000 grant, owes back taxes

Jan. 8, 2021 1:49 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Records show a South Dakota motel and hotel owner has received a federal coronavirus small business relief grant of more than $300,000 and still owes thousands of dollars in back taxes on his properties. KELO-TV reports AG Dakota, owned by Alan Gross, of Covina, California, once...