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Pandemic, strained economy threaten higher ed in Colorado

Jul. 11, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Angie Paccione, fresh off a weekly call with university presidents across Colorado, summed up the state of higher education in the midst of a pandemic, an economic recession and a reckoning with lifetimes worth of racial inequities: It’s a “cacophony of crises.” Colorado...

Georgia revenue down $1B in early look before late taxes due

Jul. 11, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state government preliminarily closed out its 2019-2020 budget year with a more than $1 billion drop in tax collections according to figures released Friday, but the real budget shortfall won't be known for weeks yet as state officials await delayed income tax receipts. Whatever the...

Hawaii lawmakers close legislative session upended by virus

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday wrapped up a legislative session upended by the coronavirus pandemic that forced weekslong breaks in proceedings, the state Capitol building to close and some meetings to be held via teleconference. “It’s been incredibly challenging,” said...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to reporters about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The state has seen its worst two-week spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and Kelly is warning the public and local officials that wearing masks are necessary to check its spread. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

COVID-19 spike in Kansas casts doubt on allowing local rules

Jul. 10, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has not contained a resurgence in coronavirus cases, raising questions about whether Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature erred in allowing local officials to set rules for businesses and public gatherings. State Department of Health and...

Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela and her dog, Louie arrive at Nevada Legislature on the third day of the 31st Special Session in Carson City, Nev., on Friday, July 10, 2020. Someone who works in the Nevada legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus as lawmakers debate emergency measures involving the pandemic, an official said Friday. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

COVID-19 positive test reported at Nevada Legislature

Jul. 10, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Someone who works in the Nevada legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus as lawmakers debate emergency measures involving the pandemic, an official said Friday. The announcement by Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Brenda Erdoes came as statehouses throughout...

Fall snowmobile fundraiser to help maintain trails canceled

Jul. 10, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A fall fundraiser to help New Hampshire snowmobile clubs maintain upward of 7,000 trails throughout the state has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association said Friday. The “Race into Winter, New Hampshire Grass Drags...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 10, 2020, overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking decades of court precedent that upheld the governor's broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of Evers' vetoes and declined to consider a challenge to a pair of partial vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, saying the 2019 lawsuit was filed too late.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

Jul. 10, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking 85 years of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of...

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, July 10, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel presented updated proposals for the EU's long-term budget and post-coronavirus recovery plan ahead of a summit next week in Brussels where heads of state and government leaders will try to agree on a compromise. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU Council head tries to win over 'Frugal Four' on budget

Jul. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With pressure mounting to reach an agreement on a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the president of the European Council on Friday tried to win over the so-called group of “Frugal Four" member countries with new proposals. Charles Michel’s latest offers keep the size...

Restaurant manager Lori Pack stands at the counter of Linda's Soda Bar and Grill in Yuba City, Calif., Thursday, July 9, 2020. Sutter County was one of the first counties to reopen its economy when it defied Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order in May to allow restaurants, hair salons, gyms and shopping malls to reopen. But Thursday, the county was added to a state watch list because of its rising number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. That will eventually trigger another round of restrictions, forcing bars to close and indoor operations to cease at restaurants and other public places for three weeks. Pack says the restaurant tried takeout-only service for three weeks earlier this year during the coronavirus pandemic. But she said it was

2 California counties, once defiant, see virus cases rise

Jul. 10, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — At a bus stop in Yuba City, Ron Starkey sat on a concrete wall watching videos on his phone, a white face mask tightly folded in his right hand. He wears the mask at work because his employers make him, and he wears it on the bus because his girlfriend asks him to. But he's not...

Environmental groups sue over W.Va. coal reclamation fund

Jul. 10, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over what they say is the agency’s failure to adhere to federal reporting requirements for a coal mine reclamation fund. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the West Virginia Highlands...