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President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 28, 2021 12:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting subsidies for...

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 11:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Jefferson City, Mo. The speech is traditionally given in the House chamber but was moved to the smaller Senate chamber at the last minute due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Parson touts virus handling during State of State address

Jan. 27, 2021 5:50 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in his State of the State speech Wednesday touted his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, even as an outbreak among lawmakers forced him to break tradition and switch the venue for his address. “Time and time again, our administration has...

Demonstrators from #ReleaseOurMoneyNC drop banners from the gallery in the House chamber on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Raleigh N.C. House Sergeants at Arms quickly removed the banners and the demonstrators from the gallery. #ReleaseOurMoneyNC were calling on lawmakers to to release the people's funds for healthcare, housing and worker's wages protections. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

NC General Assembly returns to begin work session in earnest

Jan. 27, 2021 4:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly returned Wednesday to begin in earnest its annual work period, filing the first bills and signaling more issue topics for the coming weeks. The Republican-controlled House and Senate held no-vote floor meetings to begin what will become the lion's...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his televised State of the Commonwealth address from his ceremonial Statehouse office on Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, 2021, in Boston. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Massachusetts governor unveils $45.6B state budget proposal

Jan. 27, 2021 2:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $45.6 billion state budget Wednesday for the 2022 fiscal year beginning July 1 — a slight decline in estimated spending compared to the current fiscal year as Beacon Hill works to get the budget process back on a more predictable path...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 27, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Jan. 26 The Tampa Bay Times on where Florida ranks in the vaccination process: Depending on who’s talking, Florida is either a leader or a laggard in inoculating residents against COVID-19. And it’s possible to find data to back up either claim....

Small businesses join governor to push for additional relief

Jan. 26, 2021 8:50 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Walter Gloshinski, who owns Smiling with Hope Pizza in Reno, Nevada, believes the pandemic has forced workers to make impossible choices. "I see so many businesses like small restaurants and their employees are making $10-an-hour. They’re ‘get-by people.’ They...

Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, argues for unemployment assistance for people impacted by the coronavirus during floor debate, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor's State of the State: Lawmakers react

Jan. 26, 2021 6:56 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tate Reeves received bipartisan support for committing to a teacher pay raise during his State of the State address Tuesday. Meanwhile, Democrats share concerns about his proposal to eliminate the income tax, while Republicans are largely in favor. Reaction from some...

Wisconsin revenue projections jump by $1.2 billion

Jan. 26, 2021 6:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state government's financial future brightened Tuesday after analysts released projections that show the state should collect $1.2 billion more in tax revenue by mid-2023 than estimated in November. The good news comes just two weeks before Gov. Tony Evers was to submit his...

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks about his policy priorities and the state's coronavirus pandemic response during his State of the State speech on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, on the south steps of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Reeves: Mississippi 'unconquerable' amid virus and disasters

Jan. 26, 2021 6:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is “unconquerable” after a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters including tornadoes that cut wide paths of destruction last Easter, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said in his State of the State speech Tuesday. Speaking on the south...