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President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talk before Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Jul. 31, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, addresses the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, are considering several bills spurred by the coronavirus, including one designed to aid food sector employees and another to stockpile personal protective equipment so the state isn't caught short again. The bill by Sen. Portantino would expand paid sick leave for food sector workers, including farm workers, so that people who are sick don't come to work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California lawmakers advance 3 bills spurred by coronavirus

Jul. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday advanced several bills spurred by the coronavirus, including one designed to aid food sector employees and another to stockpile personal protective equipment so the state isn't caught short again. The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, speaks during a news conference on on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the Republican proposal for the next coronavirus stimulus bill. Joining Graham, from left, is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sent. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

Jul. 28, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the “invisible enemy” in mind. The Republican measure includes billions for...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 28, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Fixing corrupt energy bill would help Ohio’s environment Akron Beacon Journal July 25 Ohioans have good reason to feel outraged. On Tuesday, federal officials revealed a mammoth pay-to-play scheme at the Statehouse, with Larry...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., left, and Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020, on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Despite COVID crisis, Congress seeks to do its day job

Jul. 24, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as lawmakers stumble in their quest to pass another coronavirus response measure, both the House and Senate sought to return to some semblance of normal business this week, passing annual must-do measures on spending and defense policy despite the challenges of legislating during a...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks with reporters about the coronavirus relief package negotiations, at the White House, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House drops payroll tax cut after GOP allies object

Jul. 23, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday reluctantly dropped his bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes as Republicans stumbled anew in efforts to unite around a $1 trillion COVID-19 rescue package to begin negotiations with Democrats who are seeking far more. Frustrating new delays came as...

Michigan lawmakers start approving plan for $2B budget gap

Jul. 22, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers began approving a plan Wednesday to address a $2.2 billion state budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic, relying on a mix of federal funding, the state's cash reserves and budget cuts. Legislators meeting for a joint session of the House and Senate...

Board votes to remove Hiawatha statue from La Crosse park

Jul. 16, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — After decades of debate, a Hiawatha statue will be removed from a park in La Crosse. The La Crosse Board of Park Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to remove the statue from Riverside Park. Mayor Tim Kabat had pushed for the western Wisconsin city to follow the lead of other...

Former dispatch center director pleads guilty for theft

Jul. 9, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — The former director of a Wyoming emergency dispatch center has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds. Robin Etienne pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft, wrongful appropriation of public property and unlawful use of a credit card between September 2016 and March 2018, the Rock...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jul. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

Kansas City Star, July 5 We all join Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in his heartbreak and disgust over the violence that’s so out of control that three kids were killed here last week. One of them, a 4-year-old who had survived heart surgery, was shot in his own big-boy bed, during a driveby shooting. Two...