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Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 16, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Latest: SKorea reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. The 2,008 cases reported Friday was the 73rd...

Covered California director to step down in February

Sep. 16, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of Covered California said Thursday he will step down early next year, prompting a national search for a new leader of the nation's largest state-based health insurance marketplace. Peter Lee has been Covered California's only...

California recall could boost Newsom's clout for 2022

Sep. 16, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The recall election that once threatened to derail California Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future has instead given it new life, offering a rare midterm vote of confidence that could fuel an ambitious legislative agenda featuring new coronavirus vaccine mandates,...

Energy funds awarded to 16 WVa businesses, ag producers

Sep. 16, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen small businesses and agriculture producers in rural West Virginia are receiving more than $177,000 from a federal government program that helps install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. U.S. Sens. Joe...

House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden

Sep. 15, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee dealt an ominous if tentative blow Wednesday to President Joe Biden’s huge social and environment package, derailing a money-saving plan to let Medicare negotiate the price it pays for prescription drugs. The House Energy and...

Nutrition aid surges, food banks brace for uncertain future

Sep. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Food banks in New Mexico with high rates of childhood poverty and hunger are watching with apprehension as the federal government boosts standard food stamp benefits in October and extends generous emergency allotments temporarily. President Joe...

GOP leader questions plans to put Afghan evacuees in Kansas

Sep. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas said Wednesday that he's concerned about President Joe Biden's plan to resettle almost 500 Afghan evacuees in the state because he doesn't know how well they're being vetted. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 11, 2021. Editorial: A lawsuit built on hypocrisy Fourteen Republican members of the state House have filed a legal challenge to the law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting — a law that 11 of those esteemed...