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Telehealth expansion could become permanent after pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The temporary expansion of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic would become permanent under a bill endorsed Thursday by a Senate committee. As passed by the House in March, the bill would allow reimbursement for medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders conducted...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper didn't appear at a Colorado Independent Ethics Commission hearing Thursday, June 4, 2020, defying a commission subpoena and a court order that he participate as it considers a Republican complaint that trips he took on private planes while Colorado's governor violated the state's gift ban. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Colorado ex-Gov. Hickenlooper is no-show at ethics hearing

Jun. 4, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper didn't appear Thursday at a Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, defying orders to do so as the commission considers a Republican complaint that private plane trips he took while he was Colorado's governor violated the state's gift ban. ...

N. Carolina 2019 farm bill finally OK'd, omits controversies

Jun. 4, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have finally completed the General Assembly's annual agriculture policy bill, albeit the one that was first debated in 2019. The Senate gave final approval on Thursday to a compromise measure that also got House support on Wednesday. An agreement between...

A voter cast her mail-in ballot at in a drop box in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Vote counting drags into 3rd day after state primary

Jun. 4, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Counting an avalanche of 1.4 million mail-in votes dragged into a third day in Pennsylvania on Thursday as some races from Tuesday’s primary remained too close to call. The Associated Press has not yet called a number of races where the contest was close or had a large number...

Indiana Democratic chairman fails in state Senate bid

Jun. 4, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington-area voters overwhelmingly picked a former congressional candidate over the Indiana Democratic Party chairman for a state Senate seat nomination. Unofficial returns released from Tuesday’s primary election show Shelli Yoder received 80% of the vote in the...

Police lead protesters in a march after a rally in Detroit, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan Senate: Train police on bias, de-escalation

Jun. 4, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests. The legislation...

Ideals versus effectiveness in 9th District GOP contest

Jun. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — All the Republicans running in Georgia's 9th Congressional District are pro-Trump, pro-gun and anti-abortion. That's where the work begins to tell them apart. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' decision to run for U.S. Senate in January set off a scramble to succeed him in one of the nation's most...

Maryland lawmakers call for review of election problems

Jun. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation on Thursday called for a review of problems that occurred in this week's primary election. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined seven of the state’s eight U.S. House members in calling for the review of...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

GOP House race drags on after vote-counting board walks out

Jun. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional primary remained undecided on Thursday as local election regulators in northern New mexico tallied a deluge of absentee ballots. Vote tabulation stretched into a third day in Taos and Santa Fe counties, as three Republicans competed for the 3rd Congressional...

State lawmakers seek emergency meeting of Legislature

Jun. 4, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Three members of the Illinois Legislature want lawmakers to return to Springfield for an emergency legislative session to address criminal justice reform and rebuilding communities in the wake of “protests and subsequent civil unrest” in recent days. The Chicago Sun-Times...