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Analysis: Virus upends Mississippi budget writing process

Mar. 29, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are supposed to set a state spending plan before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The coronavirus pandemic has scrambled most of the planning that budget writers have done the past few months, leaving uncertainty about how a shaky economy will affect tax...

Browning man shot and killed during standoff with officers

Mar. 29, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Browning man was shot and killed during a standoff with law enforcement officers, Glacier County and Blackfeet tribal law enforcement officials said. Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services Lt. Howard Lee tells the Missoulian the shooting happened Wednesday, but declined to comment...

Alaska lawmakers set oil check among at around $1,000

Mar. 29, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers early Sunday approved a budget that set this October’s oil wealth fund check to nearly every single Alaskan at about $1,000, but did not approve a second dividend intended to help residents struggling with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus. ...

Arizona governor signs stripped-down $11.8 billion budget

Mar. 28, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a stripped-down emergency state budget Saturday that contains $50 million in spending to help tenants, homeowners and small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis. The $11.8 billion spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 essentially contains no...

Ejaz Tarar stands next to his makeshift sign keeping customers six feet apart while cleaning the inside of the Food Mart in Newton County on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Newborn. The store laid down tape to mark six foot barriers for customers. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

As virus spreads, so does gloomy outlook for Georgia budget

Mar. 28, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Deaths and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia continued to increase Saturday, even as lawmakers tried to grapple with what the pandemic will mean for state finances. State House Speaker David Ralston and the top budget writers in the House and Senate said efforts to cut income...

Signs outside the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. include reminders about social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak, Friday, March 27, 2020. The state Senate met at the Capitol to take up a plan to set up a $173 million rainy day fund to address a budget shortfall projected because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas creates COVID-19 fund as 2 more die from virus

Mar. 28, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor signed legislation early Saturday creating a $173 million fund that he can use to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, and health officials said two more people have died from the virus in the state. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's signature moves the state's surplus into...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus accompanied by Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vice President Mike Pence, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, in the James Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

Mar. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic. It's been that way since before the virus spread widely in the United States, when he supposed that the warmer weather of April might have it soon gone, a prospect the...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., walks at the Capitol in Washington. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hawks no more: Fiscal conservatives embrace rescue package

Mar. 28, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis. In many cases, the...

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel, right, speaks to Senate Finance Committee Co-chair Bert Stedman before the start of a budget conference committee meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. A conference committee of House and Senate negotiators was tasked with hammering out differences on a state spending package. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska lawmakers fall short of self-imposed goal to finish

Mar. 27, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers fell short of a self-imposed goal of completing their most pressing work Friday, with key measures, including a state spending package and bills related to the coronavirus, yet to be finalized. Friday marked Day 67 of a legislative session that, under the...

Health care officials watch as a vehicle approaches a testing site at the Michigan State Fairgrounds, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Detroit. The city set up several stations at the fairgrounds to allow for drive up testing for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Deaths spike in Michigan; top doctor warns about Detroit

Mar. 27, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general said Friday that the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for cases of the new coronavirus, will worsen next week — as Michigan reported the highest daily spikes yet: 801 new cases statewide and 32 additional deaths. THE LATEST...