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Countering Biden, GOP pitches $568B for infrastructure

Apr. 22, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a public works proposal with a much smaller price tag and a narrower definition of infrastructure than what President Joe Biden has proposed, highlighting the stark differences between the two sides that will be difficult...

Rapper Cardi B takes on Wisconsin congressman

Apr. 22, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rapper Cardi B took issue Thursday with a Wisconsin congressman who criticized her Grammy performance during a speech on the House floor. U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Republican, said he has received complaints in his office about Cardi B's performance...

Supreme Court cuts back FTC power to seek ill-gotten gains

Apr. 22, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Thursday cut back the Federal Trade Commission's authority to recover ill-gotten gains, overturning a nearly $1.3 billion award against a professional race car driver who was convicted of cheating consumers through his payday loan businesses. ...

Talks narrow on a compromise to changes in US policing laws

Apr. 22, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a country confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms

Apr. 22, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state. Voting along party lines with minority Republicans in opposition,...

Alabama committee backs ban on vaccine requirements

Apr. 22, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers inched closer to approving a ban on so-called vaccine passports that would require proof of coronavirus vaccination to access services from a business or state agency. The House Health Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill...

Maine: Unemployment fix soon; Collins touts hate crime bill

Apr. 22, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators said the coronavirus pandemic has provided evidence that the state's unemployment system needs to be modernized. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the federal government is...

Rural health centers get $418,000 in federal funding

Apr. 22, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two rural healthcare providers in West Virginia will get $418,800 from the federal government, the state’s U.S. senators announced Wednesday. Wirt County Health Service Association will get about $218,800 and Williamson Health and Wellness...

Oklahoma House, Senate unveil redistricting plans

Apr. 21, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House and Senate unveiled new district maps on Wednesday for all 101 House and 48 Senate districts. Under the plan, which still must be approved by the House and Senate and signed by the governor, no incumbents would be forced to run...

Michigan seeks to delay redistricting by nearly 3 months

Apr. 21, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official and its redistricting panel asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday for more time to adopt new congressional and legislative maps, pointing to delayed census data. The lawsuit, which was expected, seeks a Jan....