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PawSox, strip club among recipients of coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

The minor league affiliate for MLB’s Boston Red Sox and an infamous Providence strip club are among nearly 2,500 companies in Rhode Island that were awarded emergency loans of more than $150,000 as part of Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus package to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus...

Bullock raises $7.7M in second quarter in bid for Senate

Jul. 6, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's campaign said Monday that it raised $7.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. The Democrat's bid against Republican incumbent Sen. Steve Daines has emerged as a critical race in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Factoring in the campaign's...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

Jul. 6, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money from a federal program that probably softened job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited some politically connected firms. The Treasury Department’s...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jul. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

Kansas City Star, July 5 We all join Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in his heartbreak and disgust over the violence that’s so out of control that three kids were killed here last week. One of them, a 4-year-old who had survived heart surgery, was shot in his own big-boy bed, during a driveby shooting. Two...

FILE - In this May 16, 2013, file photo, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Family businesses of two Oklahoma congressmen received at least $1.8 million from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday, July 5, 2020, by the U.S. Treasury Department. Four businesses owned by U.S. Rep. Mullin received between $800,000 and $1.9 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Businesses tied to Oklahoma congressmen enjoy federal loans

Jul. 6, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Family businesses of two Oklahoma congressmen received at least $1.8 million from a federal rescue program meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Treasury Department. Four businesses owned by Republican U.S....

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaks at the state Capitol in Madison Wis. A company Speaker Vos runs received between $150,000 and $350,000 through the federal government's coronavirus small business lending program. That's according to lists of recipients the U.S. Treasury Department released Monday, July 6, 2020. That data shows Robin J. Vos Enterprises in Burlington received the money through the Paycheck Protection Program. The company manufactures popcorn and popcorn supplies. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Vos company received $150K-$350K in coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republican Speaker Robin Vos' popcorn company received tens of thousands of dollars through a federal small business lending program intended to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday. Robin J. Vos Enterprises in...

Petitions submitted for Arkansas redistricting initiative

Jul. 6, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of an effort to change the way Arkansas redraws its congressional and legislative districts submitted thousands of signatures Monday to try and get their proposal on the November ballot. Arkansas Voters First said it submitted 98,728 signatures for its proposed...

Veteran Congressman recuperating after heart bypass surgery

Jul. 6, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime New Jersey Congressman is recuperating after undergoing heart bypass surgery. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., 83, was found to have blockages in his arteries when he went to a hospital in Paterson due to indigestion and heartburn. He underwent surgery Sunday and is...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020 file photo, a price sign is displayed at a retail store as a store employee wears a mask while working in Niles, Ill. Small businesses can still get help from the government’s coronavirus relief plan after Congress extended the Paycheck Protection Program until Aug. 8. The program that had been set to expire last week still has more than $130 billion left after giving out more than 4.8 million loans since its April 3 start. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Q&A: The nuts and bolts of the Paycheck Protection Program

Jul. 6, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can still get help from the government’s coronavirus relief plan after Congress extended the Paycheck Protection Program until Aug. 8. The program that was set to expire Tuesday still has nearly $132 billion left after giving out more than 4.8 million loans since it...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban

Jul. 6, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of government debt. ...