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The Latest: Navajo Nation issues weekend stay-at-home order

Apr. 09, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has issued a stay-at-home order for the weekend after reporting 26 more confirmed COVID-19 cases. The latest figures bring the total number of cases on the tribe’s reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which it began administering on January 5. “We are in a pandemic and our principle...

West Virginia House passes syringe exchange regulation bill

Apr. 09, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to regulate needle exchange programs. Critics say the measure may constrain the number of providers amid a spike in HIV infections. It was approved on Friday in a 85-13 vote. The Senate will...

Wyoming drone fleet to help with investigations, inspections

Apr. 09, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol have received $100,000 through a federal grant that will help launch a statewide program that would use drones to assist with investigations. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Erik...

Proposed new Indiana vaping products tax blasted as 'measly'

Apr. 09, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are close to approving a new state tax on vaping products even as a proposed increase in the state’s cigarette tax has been derailed. The plan backed by state Senate Republicans for the new tax on electronic cigarette liquids and...

Biden administration blocks Medicaid work requirements

Apr. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has blocked former Gov. Scott Walker's plan to require some childless adults to work to maintain Medicaid benefits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent state health officials a letter Tuesday...

Biden's ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill. The White House...

New York to offer COVID aid to immigrants excluded earlier

Apr. 08, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In the largest program of its kind, New York lawmakers have created a $2.1 billion fund to aid workers who lost jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic but were excluded from other government relief programs because of their immigration status. ...

Top Missouri lawmaker OK not paying for Medicaid expansion

Apr. 08, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's top Republican state senator on Thursday said he doesn't want lawmakers to pay for government health care for thousands of newly eligible low-income adults. Missouri voters last year amended the state Constitution to extend...

Vaccination site at Phoenix stadium moving inside ASU arena

Apr. 08, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will move indoors Monday as it relocates to Desert Financial Arena on Arizona State University's Tempe campus, the Department of Health Services announced Thursday. The relocation of the...