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Virginia prisons seek to boost salaries amid staffing crisis

Sep. 18, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials say they are experiencing a severe staffing crisis and are seeking to increase starting salaries for correctional officers by about 25% in an attempt to recruit and retain officers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 3.5% in August, payrolls stall

Sep. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's jobless rate fell for the 16th straight month in August, although employer payroll growth stalled. The state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% from 3.7% in July. The state's jobless rate was 7% in August 2020. The number...

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

Sep. 16, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government...

Official: Reality TV star sentenced for Ponzi scheme, fraud

Sep. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former cast member on the reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud related to a Ponzi scheme and related charges involving a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan...

LA man admits fraudulently obtaining $9M in COVID-19 loans

Sep. 15, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining $9 million in loans from COVID-relief programs, some of which he transferred to his stock trading accounts and used for gambling trips to Las Vegas, federal prosecutors said. Andrew...

Qatar resumes aid to Gaza, minus the suitcases of cash

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar resumed its distribution of aid to Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since the May war between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers, this time through a new mechanism that does not involve suitcases full of cash. The...

FBI got towing records, other docs in Detroit City Hall raid

Sep. 14, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Federal investigators who searched Detroit City Hall last month hauled away electronics, payroll documents and records related to vehicle towing, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The items were listed on a search warrant inventory obtained by The Detroit...

Lawyer: Tennessee state senator did not steal federal funds

Sep. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated did not use government funds to pay for personal expenses, her lawyer told a jury Tuesday. Rather, Katrina Robinson used profits...

UK payrolls above pre-pandemic level and job vacancies soar

Sep. 14, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of people on payroll in the U.K. has soared back to levels last seen before the coronavirus pandemic struck a year and a half ago, official figures showed Tuesday in the latest clear signal that the lifting of lockdown restrictions has prompted businesses to ramp up...

Tennessee state senator's trial on theft charges begins

Sep. 13, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A jury was selected Monday in the trial of a Tennessee state senator charged with stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses. ...