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Indiana contractor slow providing coronavirus test results

Jun. 5, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A contractor hired to expand Indiana’s coronavirus testing across the state has not been meeting its target of providing results to those tested within 48 hours, the state’s top health official said Friday. The recession stemming from the pandemic contributed to state tax...

Rep. Troy Romero, R-Jennings, center, asks questions about next year's budget proposal as Reps. Chris Turner, R-Ruston, left, and Daryl Deshotel, R-Hessmer, right, listen during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee on Friday, June 5, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers start moving $33B budget for next year

Jun. 5, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $33 billion Louisiana operating budget that would keep most programs and services from cuts in the upcoming financial year thanks to federal coronavirus aid started advancing Friday in the House of Representatives. The spending proposal backed by the House Appropriations...

Sisolak hints at special session, promises protestors reform

Jun. 5, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — After eight straight nights of demonstrations, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and other state Democratic leaders vowed to respond to the anger and demands of protestors in light of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. With Attorney General Aaron Ford, Nevada...

Oklahoma treasury takes in $150.5 million less in May

Jun. 5, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s treasury took in $150.5 million less this May when compared with the same month last year. Treasurer Randy McDaniel said gross receipts to the treasury in May were $923.1 million, a 14.1% drop from last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. It follows a 30% drop in...

In this May 11, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump points to a question as he speaks about the coronavirus during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump has many targets in his war against the media but perhaps none more surprising than the Voice of America, the venerable U.S.-government funded institution created during WWII and expanded during the Cold War to broadcast independent news and promote democracy and American values to the world. In a series of attacks, Trump and his supporters have accused the outlet of “disgraceful” reporting. They're now pushing hard to install their choice to run the agency that oversees VOA and its affiliates. That battle is about to hit Congress, where partisan lines have already been drawn over fears the administration wants to turn them into Trump propaganda machines. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Voice of America

Jun. 4, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House. Despite significant Democratic...

Louisiana public defenders request $28M amid court closures

Jun. 4, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public defenders asked state lawmakers Thursday for millions in stopgap aid to offset dollars they've lost to defend the poor because of court closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The defenders of indigent people who can't afford their own lawyers pleaded their...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

High court won't take over Tennessee voucher lawsuit

Jun. 4, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's highest court declined Thursday to take up an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the legality of a school voucher program that would let parents use public tax dollars for private school tuition. Voucher supporters had hoped the Tennessee Supreme Court would reach down and...

Noem: Current budget will be OK, but future uncertain

Jun. 4, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The current year's South Dakota state budget will not need to be overhauled because state revenues haven't dropped as dramatically as had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday. “We're in pretty good shape as of today,” Noem said....

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins of San Diego speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California's Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on a budget they say covers the state's estimated $54.3 billion deficit while avoiding most of Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care services.The agreement, announced Wednesday, June 3, 2020, by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and the chairs of the legislative budget committees,

California lawmakers agree to close $54.3 billion budget gap

Jun. 3, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Legislative leaders on Wednesday rejected billions of dollars in budget cuts to public schools and health care services that Gov. Gavin Newsom had proposed, setting up a fight with the governor over how to close the state's estimated $54.3 billion budget deficit....

Immigrant families to receive $3.5 million in COVID relief

Jun. 3, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some struggling immigrant families in Connecticut without legal status will receive a share of $3.5 million in public and private money for COVID-19 relief. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that $2.5 million in state-funded grants to landlords will be provided on...