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King County Council approves $42M for court backlog

Jul. 28, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council has approved over $42 million in supplemental funding for the county’s backlogged criminal legal system. That amount is far less than judges, prosecutors and public defenders requested, and far more than advocates,...

Spartanburg County ends roads fee after high court ruling

Jul. 25, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Spartanburg County Council has voted to ends its $25 a year road fee in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision tossing a similar fee out in neighboring Greenville County. There have been other attempts in recent years to repeal the fee...

Tourism board talks long-term vision for Daytona Beach

Jul. 24, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from the mayhem generated by the invasion of the chaotic Daytona Truck Meet in June, the Halifax Area Advertising Authority board of directors on Wednesday took a step toward defining a better long-term vision of the World’s Most Famous Beach as a...

Tennessee DA approved supplemental pay for relatives

Jul. 22, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s district attorney for Hamilton County used county funds to supplement state pay for his wife and brother-in-law, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. At a May county budget hearing, Neal Pinkston told a county commissioner...

Small Delaware town triples police liability insurance

Jul. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) — A small Delaware town has opted to triple its police department's liability insurance, noting a rise in civil rights lawsuits. The Dewey Beach Town Council voted recently to increase the coverage from $1 million to $3 million, the News Journal...

All Nashville precinct police officers now have body cams

Jul. 15, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police say all officers at precincts in the city are now equipped with body cameras after years of efforts to make it happen. The Metro Nashville Police say 1,184 officers throughout eight precincts had cameras as of Tuesday. ...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jul. 07, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. July 6, 2021. Editorial: Sullivan BOE should answer budget questions That the Sullivan County Board of Education must answer to the Sullivan County Commission for its funding will forever be a bone of contention between the two...

'Happy day': Ohio's governor signs $2.2B COVID relief bill

Jun. 29, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Declaring it a “happy day,” Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Tuesday directing about $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief to children's behavioral healthcare, water and sewer infrastructure projects, local government budgets and paying off the state's...

Detroit survey identifies priorities for Rescue Plan funds

Jun. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A survey completed by 584 Detroit residents shows that rebuilding neighborhoods, fighting intergenerational poverty and improving public safety are priorities as the city looks to spend American Rescue Plan Act funding. Detroit is to receive $826 million...

Arizona Senate passes budget, tax cut after House Dems walk

Jun. 23, 2021 05:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House Democrats refused to show up at the Capitol on Tuesday, blocking debate on a budget and a major tax cut primarily benefiting the wealthy. But the Senate plowed ahead, working until 2:30 Wednesday morning to pass the 11 bills including the...