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Syringe exchange, fatal overdoses soar. Some blame COVID-19.

May. 31, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Like a tidal wave swelling in the distance, Amy Baker saw Fayette County’s spike in fatal overdoses coming. It was mid March, Baker remembers. Kentucky had just diagnosed its 47th case of novel coronavirus as Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order to ban group gatherings,...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. From left with Trump are, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Twitter on truth and consequences

May. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

May. 30, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are turning to texting and a roving van providing Wi-Fi access to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the programs on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic has prevented more traditional efforts of encouraging participation, including...

2 area animal shelters getting $8 million to expand capacity

May. 30, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is expanding its ability to shelter animals thanks to $8 million in grant money for two suburban Chicago facilities. In a news release, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office says $6 million will go to the South Suburban Humane Society to build a new facility. The other...

John Price and Bijan Black have lunch with their son Parker Price, 2, all of Seat Pleasant, Md., at the Wharf area in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2020. This was their first time venturing out since the coronavirus pandemic started. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlook worsens

May. 29, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With new U.S. economic numbers highlighting the rough road ahead for a hoped-for rebound, President Donald Trump on Friday took aim at the World Health Organization and China, blaming both for their roles in the pandemic's devastation. Trump announced that the United States will end its...

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Mississippi inching toward virus relief for small businesses

May. 29, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has established a website where owners of small businesses can soon start applying for grants funded by a federal coronavirus pandemic relief package, Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday. The site — backtobusinessms.org — has rules for the program created by state...

Kentucky awards contracts to manage Medicaid business

May. 29, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Five insurance companies were awarded contracts worth nearly $8 billion a year to manage most of Kentucky's Medicaid business, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday. Landing the contracts were Aetna, Humana, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare, Beshear said. About 1.4...

FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt smiles at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of funding. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma scraps plan to expand Medicaid on July 1

May. 29, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of state funding. The state's Medicaid Director Melody Anthony notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a letter Thursday that the state was withdrawing its...

Alaska virus relief excludes companies that took federal aid

May. 29, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska small businesses affected by the coronavirus that have already received federal aid will not be eligible for a state grant program. A plan crafted by the administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy in late April excluded previous recipients of federal coronavirus relief...

Wildlife managers use pup fostering to boost wolf genetics

May. 29, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A record number of captive-born wolf pups has been placed into the wild as part of an effort by federal and state wildlife managers to boost the genetic diversity among Mexican gray wolves in the Southwestern United States. The interagency team announced the results of this...