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Bill aims to move more people off assistance, into workforce

Jan. 27, 2020 7:51 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky House Republican leaders introduced legislation Monday aimed at shifting more people off public assistance and into the workforce. The measure, designated a top priority as House Bill 1, takes aim at a long-running problem — the state's low workforce participation...

Group preparing to sue EPA over Chesapeake Bay pollution

Jan. 27, 2020 6:06 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A conservation group announced Monday that it's preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce the Clean Water Act relating to pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced it is preparing a notice of intent to sue the...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court in Washington. A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

Jan. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers. Under the new policy, immigration officials can deny green cards to legal...

Illinois to continue voter registration program after error

Jan. 27, 2020 4:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that there are no plans to suspend Illinois' automatic voter registration program as election officials work to contain the fallout from more than 500 people being mistakenly registered. A "programming error” by Secretary of State Jesse White's office...

Licensing applications to grow industrial hemp up in Kansas

Jan. 27, 2020 3:38 PM EST

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Interest in growing industrial hemp as a commercial crop is up in Kansas where regulators are reporting a 30% rise in licensing applications for the second year of the state's research program. The Kansas Department of Agriculture received 276 grower applications for the 2020 season, up...

Arkansas offers offenders mental health help instead of bond

Jan. 27, 2020 2:09 PM EST

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Years before he took the bench as district judge in Faulkner and Van Buren counties, Chris Carnahan saw as a young prosecutor that there was a disproportionate number of mentally ill defendants stuck in the criminal justice cycle— and now he's in a position to do something about...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a town hall meeting Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Elizabeth Warren seeks a spark in the final sprint to Iowa

Jan. 27, 2020 11:30 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is fighting to regain momentum in the turbulent tussle for the Democratic presidential nomination amid lingering questions about her consistency and ability to defeat President Donald Trump. Warren was considered a leader in the crowded race through the fall, yet...

Idaho Health and Welfare seeks $3.7 billion overall budget

Jan. 27, 2020 11:06 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Monday asked for an additional $70 million from the general fund and $300 million overall that includes federal money for an 8.7% increase in next year's budget. Director Dave Jeppesen told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the...

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Liz Weston: Retirees' top money regrets

Jan. 27, 2020 11:06 AM EST

In a previous column, I detailed retirees’ biggest lifestyle regrets, such as not traveling more before their health gave out and not communicating clearly with a partner about what they hoped retirement would be like. Now we’ll cover the money moves retirees wish they hadn’t made. The big...

Michigan agencies offer Great Lakes education initiative

Jan. 26, 2020 4:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new state program is designed to teach Michigan children about the Great Lakes, their watersheds and how people affect water resources. The initiative is called “From Students to Stewards." It's a collaboration between the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and...