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FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, Andrea Palm, then Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, speaks during a meeting with reporters in Madison, Wis. Medicaid enrollment in Wisconsin is expected to increase dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic, requiring the Legislature to take swift action to bolster the program that serves more than 1 million poor, elderly and disabled people, the state's health secretary Andrea Palm warned legislative leaders in a letter, Tuesday March 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Evers seeks disaster declaration as unemployment grows

Mar. 31, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for Wisconsin due to the coronavirus pandemic, as the state opened voluntary isolation centers, unemployment claims hit a daily high and the state's health secretary warned that Medicaid...

People maintain their distance as they fish on the first day of a stay-at-home order Monday, March 30, 2020 at Hillsdale Lake near Hillsdale, Kan. The statewide order was the latest measure enacted by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in an attempt to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Governor eases path to unemployment benefits

Mar. 31, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address what she described as hundreds of thousands of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow. The Kansas Department of...

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a street sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, as investors close out a brutal month of March. The S&P 500 is headed for its biggest quarterly decline since the last quarter of 2008.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks fall, capping Wall Street's worst quarter since 2008

Mar. 31, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Tuesday to close out Wall Street’s worst quarter since the most harrowing days of the 2008 financial crisis. The S&P 500 dropped a final 1.6%, bringing its loss for the first three months of the year to 20% as predictions for the looming recession caused by the...

State: Workers needed for critical jobs during pandemic

Mar. 31, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Companies seeking workers to fill a variety of immediate jobs to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic are listing the openings on Michigan’s employment search engine, according to the state. Jobs are posted to Pure Michigan Talent Connect provides job seekers...

Gov: Rhode Island needs more doctors, nurses amid pandemic

Mar. 31, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

Rhode Island is looking to bolster its ranks of frontline responders to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday called on health care workers who are not working full time or are retired to contribute to the response effort. The Democrat said the state is in “desperate need” of...

FILE - In a Thursday, July 4, 2019 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, his wife Karen Pence, pose for a group photo with new naturalized citizens following a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great Recession. New figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 47% of the foreign-born population who arrived in the U.S. from 2010 to 2019 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 36% of native-born Americans and 31% of the foreign-born population who entered the country in or before 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Almost half of U.S. foreign-born in past decade had college

Mar. 31, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great...

Recent Missouri editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 28 Missouri is quickly becoming a national outlier for its lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike Parson has declined to provide guidance to school districts. He resists imposing a statewide shelter-in-place order as other states have done, and he refuses to...

A couple sits on an empty section of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. But Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state's tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads where many people rely on tourism to pay for the high cost of living in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii governor orders quarantine for travel between islands

Mar. 30, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige further tightened travel restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus on Monday by ordering people moving between islands to adhere to a 14-day self-quarantine. The order, which takes effect at midnight on Wednesday, won't apply to essential workers like health...

Kentucky governor signs coronavirus-relief bill

Mar. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was signed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday. The bill was put on the fast track by lawmakers last week as the Bluegrass State deals with rising numbers of coronavirus...

This Week: Consumer confidence, jobless claims, jobs report

Mar. 30, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: WANING CONFIDENCE The Conference Board issues its latest monthly reading on U.S. consumer confidence Tuesday. February's reading climbed to 130.7, the highest since August. That survey was conducted too early in the month to get...