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Landlords sue to force end to Minnesota eviction moratorium

Jun. 15, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group representing Minnesota landlords announced a lawsuit Tuesday to force an end to the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Tim Walz, saying his order makes it all but impossible for property owners to remove disruptive tenants. The Minnesota...

Republican election bill pushed ahead over Dems' objections

Jun. 15, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans on a legislative committee Tuesday pushed out a multifaceted proposal to revamp Pennsylvania election law, a bill backers said would make need improvements and standardize procedures. Democrats were dead-set against it, insisting that...

Former state senator to seek 4th District congressional seat

Jun. 15, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

LAMAR, Mo. (AP) — A former state lawmaker is the first candidate to announce a run for the U.S. House seat that will become open with Rep. Vicky Hartzler's decision to run for the U.S. Senate. The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that former...

Democratic Party has a new leader in South Dakota

Jun. 15, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Democratic Party has a new leader. Berk Ehrmantraut will begin his work as the party's executive director on June 28. Ehrmantraut was a campaign staffer for former gubernatorial candidate and South Dakota lawmaker Billie Sutton. ...

Nebraska tax collections surge past expectations in May

Jun. 15, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

Nebraska collected $297 million more in tax revenue in May than expected, according to figures released Tuesday. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported net tax receipts $720 million, which is more than 70% higher than the official forecast of $423 million. ...

Senate plan would probe assets of Ohio food stamp recipients

Jun. 15, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans receiving food stamps would have to undergo a new “asset test” that measures total worth, including the value of cars owned by anyone in a household, under a provision in the Senate's version of the state's upcoming two-year budget. The...

Massachusetts House Speaker fitted with pacemaker

Jun. 15, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives was fitted with a pacemaker at a hospital during a recent trip to Florida, according to a statement released by his office. “While in Florida for a few days I was admitted to the hospital after...

8 Republicans face off in Assembly special election primary

Jun. 15, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eight Republicans are facing off in a special election primary for the right to run for an open state Assembly seat. Steve Kauffeld Spencer Zimmerman, Jenifer Quimby, Nick Krueger, Cathy Ann Houchin, Nathan Pollnow, Jennifer Meinhardt and William...

Heads of Wisconsin's largest school districts 'dismayed'

Jun. 15, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The superintendents of Wisconsin's five largest school districts told members of the Legislature on Tuesday that they're “dismayed” that $2.3 billion in federal aid is at risk because of low funding for K-12 schools. Superintendents of the...

Maine to increase access to HIV prevention medication

Jun. 15, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has approved a proposal designed to improve access to HIV prevention medications. The proposal requires state-regulated health insurance providers to cover certain HIV prevention drugs with no out-of-pocket cost. The measure,...