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Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Oct. 27, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. October 26, 2021. Editorial: Legislators’ unity can stop pernicious practice The bill being advanced by Wisconsin legislators to rein in insurance companies’ bids to dictate where hospitals get their medications is a...

Caesars helping nonprofit bring showers to Vegas homeless

Oct. 26, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A private and public partnership has expanded a Las Vegas program providing mobile shower trailers for homeless people through the Clean the World nonprofit, officials said. Clark County, Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation announced a...

Boston begins clearing homeless camp, citing opioid crisis

Oct. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Boston are beginning to clear a sprawling homeless camp, citing a crisis of opioid addiction there. Workers with the Boston Public Health Commission’s Homeless Services Bureau on Monday helped people living in the encampment near the...

Some lawmakers, school nurses, urge governor to do more

Oct. 25, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Some lawmakers, school nurses, and other medical professionals urged Gov. Phil Scott on Monday to reinstate a state of emergency and indoor mask mandate as they say school staff, parents, hospitals and health care workers are stressed, some to their breaking point. They...

South Carolina increasing payments to child care providers

Oct. 23, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's social services agency says it is now paying more money to providers in the program that subsidizes child care for low-income families. The state's Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that the agency has set up a new...

Child tax credit tussle reflects debate over work incentives

Oct. 23, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — To supporters of the child tax credit, there has always been an "aha moment" — the recognition that as little as a few hundred dollars a month could be life-changing. For Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, it was several years ago when he was working as...

California hiring slows in September; jobless rate at 7.5%

Oct. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired — all signs pointing to what should have been a robust...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

In South Sudan, flooding called 'worst thing in my lifetime'

Oct. 22, 2021 03:27 AM EDT

MALUALKON, South Sudan (AP) — He feels like a man who has drowned. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of sorghum, which fed his family, is under water. Surrounding mud dykes have...

3 charged with stealing public funds meant to help homeless

Oct. 22, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have been charged with fraud and embezzlement for an alleged scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds meant to help California's homeless residents, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Two of the three...