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S. Carolina county eyes dropping MLK, confederate holidays

May. 28, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A county in South Carolina has proposed dropping five holidays, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Confederate Memorial Day, to allow county offices to be open to the public on those days. There was no comment for or against the proposal during a virtual public hearing for...

Arizona local governments get $440 million for coronavirus

May. 27, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona cities and counties will get $440 million in federal money to help them deal with budget issues stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday. The money will come from $1.9 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds that Ducey can spend at his...

Emma Hamlet prepares orders received online to be picked up at the Long Beach Surf Shop store her family owns, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Long Beach, N.Y. Long Island has become the latest region of New York to begin easing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus as it enters the first phase of the state's four-step reopening process. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York City now alone in state in keeping economy closed

May. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Long Island became the latest region of New York to begin easing some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied the president for help with transportation projects. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said efforts to fight the virus have left...

FILE — In this June 13, 2019 file photo, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, left, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee is congratulated by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Lakewood, after the Assembly approved the state budget in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the Assembly will meet as a

California Assembly slams governor's proposed budget cuts

May. 26, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly slammed Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal on Tuesday, criticizing his proposed cuts to public education, health care and environmental protections during a rare meeting that allowed them to question the administration directly. Few state lawmakers used...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a portrait at his private office in Fountain Hills, Arizona. The taxpayer bill for a racial profiling case focusing on Arpaio's immigration patrols is expected to reach $178 million by the summer of 2021. The money is going toward legal fees and the costs of complying with a court-ordered overhaul of the sheriff's office in response to the 2013 profiling verdict. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Taxpayer bill from Arpaio's profiling case will reach $178M

May. 22, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The taxpayer tab for the racial profiling case focusing on former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols in metro Phoenix is expected to reach $178 million by the summer of 2021 — and no one in county government can say when the spending is expected to end. Taxpayers have...

Illinois state Rep. Ryan Spain, R-Peoria, asks questions about vote-by-mail legislation during the spring legislative session Thursday, May 21, 2020. The Illinois House of Representatives is conducting their spring session at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Ill., instead of in their chamber in the Illinois Capitol building a few blocks away because it affords more space for to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

Vote-by-mail expansion ready for Illinois House floor vote

May. 21, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House approved on Thursday evening an expansion of voting by mail for the fall election, using federal pandemic-relief funds, despite Republican criticism that it would take a financial bite out of county budgets and could increase errors and electoral fraud. Rep....

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 20, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: We’re using a machete to fight the coronavirus, when a scalpel might be better Harrisburg Patriot News/ May 16 Dr. Asif Ilyas just might be right. We’ve been using a machete to attack the...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

May. 20, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ May 17 The Johnson City Press on masks purchased by state that may not meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's requirements: In times of emergency, it is reasonable to allow a governor some latitude in decisions to meet the pressing needs of a state....

Raleigh city budget proposal freezes hiring, no layoffs

May. 20, 2020 6:13 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — City officials in Raleigh proposed a budget that implements a city-wide hiring freeze and cuts costs without hiking taxes or eliminating staff during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal was made Tuesday by Raleigh City Manager Ruffin Hall. Its recommendations include putting off...

Coastal town to vote on $470K marketing request amid virus

May. 19, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A town council in coastal South Carolina is expected to vote on whether to grant a local chamber of commerce $470,000 to help market the area to tourists as it recovers from the effects of the coronavirus. This isn't the first time the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of...