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Alaska LNG Project receives federal regulatory approval

May. 22, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a decision authorizing construction of the Alaska LNG Project, concluding an environmental impact statement process of more than three years. The commission announced Thursday it approved the state's plans for the estimated $43...

Falafel shop employee Javohn Ferguson works to pack a customer's take-out order in a restaurant otherwise closed because of the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced $10 million in grants to small businesses in industries particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. They include restaurants, hair salons, fitness studios and theaters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee: More counties can expedite reopening process

May. 19, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Ten additional counties in Washington can apply to move to the second stage of the state’s economic reopening plan, based on new guidelines announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee that allows larger counties with fewer new coronavirus cases to open some of their businesses sooner....

Tennessee to pause Memorial Day construction lane closures

May. 19, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are pausing most construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes for Memorial Day weekend. The state Department of Transportation says the hiatus on lane closures will start on Friday at noon and run through early Tuesday, May 26. Drivers may...

FILE - In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana governor, lawmakers at odds over surplus spending

May. 18, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House legislative leaders clashed Monday with Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to use Louisiana's $535 million budget surplus, as the state faces new budget pressures during the coronavirus outbreak. The Democratic governor proposed to spend a significant portion of the surplus on...

Prison changes, lottery bills postponed as session cut short

May. 10, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

Alabama lawmakers began the 2020 legislative session with several big-ticket items before them, including a prison overhaul, a possible state lottery and medical marijuana legislation. Those issues fell by the wayside as the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the legislative session. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon...

Lawmakers approve $1.25 billion school bond issue

May. 7, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved a $1.25 billion bond issue for school construction in the largest capital improvement project in more than a decade. The House of Representatives voted 68-5 for the bond issue to fund capital improvement projects at public schools,...

FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020, file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee has repeatedly said he will rely on scientific models and input from state health officials to determine when stay-at-home orders can be relaxed, despite growing calls for them to be ended, including a protest that drew about 2,500 to the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Inslee announces phases for lifting virus restrictions

May. 1, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that the state's coronavirus stay-at-home order would be extended through at least May 31 and said there will be a four-stage phase in for lifting of restrictions, starting with allowing retail curbside pickup, automobile sales and car...

Police investigators enter to inspect a burnt construction site after a fire in Icheon, South Korea, Thursday, April 30, 2020. One of the South Korea's worst fires in years broke out on Wednesday at the construction site. (Hong Ki-won/Yonhap via AP)

South Korea investigating cause of fire after 38 workers die

Apr. 30, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean authorities on Thursday were investigating what caused a fire that killed 38 construction workers in one of the country’s deadliest fires in years. The explosion that swept through a warehouse being built in Icheon, just south of Seoul, also injured 10 others...

This photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The governor on Wednesday proposed free college for health care workers and others involved in the coronavirus fight, likening their service during the pandemic to soldiers who got a free education after returning home from World War II. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Gov. Whitmer wants free college for front-line virus workers

Apr. 29, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed free college for health care workers and others involved in the coronavirus fight, likening their service during the pandemic to soldiers who got a free education after returning home from World War II. The program would require approval...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020 file photo, a new section of 30-foot-high

Despite critics' outcry, border wall construction goes on

Apr. 24, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is proceeding with plans for a border wall even as communities where construction is ongoing protest the presence of workers, according to court documents. In the Yuma, Arizona, area, the government modified a contract on March 24 to add 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of...