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Maine groups get help assisting marginalized during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine organization is distributing more than $200,000 in grants to benefit marginalized communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Maine Initiatives said the funding boosts bring the total amount it has provided to more than $500,000. The group has given the grants to more than...

King, senators call for improved broadband in tribal areas

May. 30, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has joined a group of colleagues in calling for the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for tribal communities to get access to broadband internet. Sen. Angus King and others said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai should extend the period for tribal...

Arizona reports 28 new virus deaths; case count nears 18,500

May. 29, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials report 28 additional coronavirus deaths and 702 additional cases, putting the number of people confirmed infected with COVID-19 over 18,000. The Department of Health Services reported a total of 18,465 confirmed cases with 885 deaths as of Friday. Hospitalizations...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 photo, automobiles travel on Main Street in Rockland, Maine. The city had proposed shutting down Main Street for the entire month of June to cater to shoppers and diners but concerns from business owners caused officials to scale back the plan. The new plan calls for shutting down the street on just the last two weekends in June. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

After symptoms close state facility, workers test negative

May. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seven state employees who showed symptoms of COVID-19, leading to a two-day closure of the emergency operations center where they work, tested negative, officials said Friday. The employees worked out of the Maine Emergency Management Agency's operations center in Augusta. Three were...

FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, an iPad displays the types of bets that can be placed at the Golden 1 Center's Skyloft Predictive Gaming Lounge, in Sacramento, Calif. Two California lawmakers on Thursday, May 28, 2020, pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown designed to slow spread of the coronavirus, though their revised proposal immediately renewed a turf battle between powerful gambling interests. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Legal sports betting pitched as California budget salve

May. 28, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two California lawmakers on Thursday pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, though their revised proposal immediately reignited a turf battle between powerful...

FILE -  In this March 16, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister speaks during an emergency meeting of the Oklahoma State Department of Education in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma State Department Department of Education on Thursday, May 28 approved Saturday classes in case of another surge of coronavirus cases. The board approved a plan starting in the fall in which Saturday classes will be counted toward minimum attendance requirements, which is currently prohibited by state law. Hofmeister has said she wants schools to prepare multiple calendars for the fall, in case of another outbreak. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Saturday classes for Oklahoma schools in case of 2nd surge

May. 28, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department Department of Education on Thursday approved Saturday classes in case of another surge of coronavirus cases. The board approved a plan starting in the fall in which Saturday classes will be counted toward minimum attendance requirements, which is...

Virginia city changes terms of waterfront casino project

May. 28, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials in a Virginia city decided Tuesday that a waterfront casino project would move forward, but would no longer be built on Pamunkey Indian Tribe land. The Norfolk City Council rescinded a previously approved deal with the tribe that would have converted the planned casino site...

Task force on missing Native Americans resumes sessions

May. 27, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A presidential task force charged with coming up with ways to address missing and slain Native Americans resumed tribal listening sessions Wednesday, encountering some technological glitches in the virtual version. The task force held a handful of sessions in person with tribes and...

University police chief tapped for missing persons post

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Cherokee Nation citizen who is a veteran law enforcement officer was selected to serve as Oklahoma’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator, Oklahoma's three U.S. attorneys announced in a joint statement on Wednesday. Patti Buhl is a 25-year law enforcement...

In this March 7, 2020, photo, attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe speaks to local Democratic delegates at a preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M. Leger Fernandez is one of seven contenders for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's June 2 primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the 3rd Congressional District as he runs for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Former spy, issues of Trump loyalty weigh in New Mexico vote

May. 27, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago. The retirement of Sen. Tom Udall, scion of an Arizona ranching family and son of former Interior Secretary and conservationist Stewart...