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Ex-NYT columnist Kristof announces run for Oregon governor

Oct. 27, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the state needs a political newbie to solve problems like homelessness and rural despair. “I've never run for political office in my...

Chicago's council OKs $16.7B budget with federal infusion

Oct. 27, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s City Council easily approved a $16.7 billion budget Wednesday that includes a roughly 30% increase in spending for an array of programs largely due to a hefty infusion of federal funds. The budget, which was approved 35 to 15, has nearly $2...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Oct. 27, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. October 26, 2021. Editorial: Legislators’ unity can stop pernicious practice The bill being advanced by Wisconsin legislators to rein in insurance companies’ bids to dictate where hospitals get their medications is a...

Caesars helping nonprofit bring showers to Vegas homeless

Oct. 26, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A private and public partnership has expanded a Las Vegas program providing mobile shower trailers for homeless people through the Clean the World nonprofit, officials said. Clark County, Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation announced a...

Boston begins clearing homeless camp, citing opioid crisis

Oct. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Boston are beginning to clear a sprawling homeless camp, citing a crisis of opioid addiction there. Workers with the Boston Public Health Commission’s Homeless Services Bureau on Monday helped people living in the encampment near the...

Some lawmakers, school nurses, urge governor to do more

Oct. 25, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Some lawmakers, school nurses, and other medical professionals urged Gov. Phil Scott on Monday to reinstate a state of emergency and indoor mask mandate as they say school staff, parents, hospitals and health care workers are stressed, some to their breaking point. They...

California hiring slows in September; jobless rate at 7.5%

Oct. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired — all signs pointing to what should have been a robust...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

3 charged with stealing public funds meant to help homeless

Oct. 22, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have been charged with fraud and embezzlement for an alleged scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds meant to help California's homeless residents, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Two of the three...

12 pounds of fentanyl seized in San Francisco drug bust

Oct. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A drug bust by federal agents and San Francisco police netted 12.5 pounds (5.7 kilograms) of the deadly narcotic fentanyl and charges against 18 people suspected of supplying drug dealing operations in the city's troubled Tenderloin neighborhood, authorities announced...