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Expert: Stars 'aligned' for proposed Chicago area airport

Aug. 18, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The political and economic stars have aligned for the development of a suburban Chicago airport, according to a transportation expert. Officials have spent years debating whether an airport in Peotone, located about 45 miles (71 kilometers) south of Chicago, should be built. This year's...

Alaska budget cuts could impact the arts economic impact

Aug. 17, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than 11,000 people are employed in Alaska's art industry, which adds $1.4 billion to the state's economy, according to the National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman, who spoke ahead of the governor's funding decisions. NEA chairwoman Mary Anne Carter spoke Thursday at the...

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

Dunleavy plans to announce budget decisions Monday

Aug. 16, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to announce his final decisions on the state budget Monday. Dunleavy's office previously indicated a final announcement was expected this week. But his press office said Friday the review is continuing and an announcement is expected Monday. Lawmakers, unable...

Alaska Marine Exchange loses part of budget in capital cuts

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost a portion of its funding to cuts by the governor to the state's 2020 capital budget, a report said. The Marine Exchange of Alaska lost 11% of its state funding, CoastAlaska reported Wednesday. Republican Gov. Mike...

NC legislators supporting Medicaid expansion hold hearing

Aug. 16, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A health policy expert and residents struggling to find affordable insurance are planned speakers for a hearing before North Carolina General Assembly members pressing for passage of Medicaid expansion this year. Democratic Sen. Paul Lowe is leading a legislative field heading...

Alaska governor cuts funds for cold housing research center

Aug. 14, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Budget cuts by Alaska's governor include funding for the state's Cold Climate Housing Research Center, officials said. The center in Fairbanks was among the line-item budget vetoes signed into law last week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday. The...

Alaska governor agrees to lower level of university cuts

Aug. 13, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy moderated his position on cuts to the University of Alaska system Tuesday, supporting a $70 million cut in operating costs over three years compared with a $135 million cut he had earlier endorsed for this year. Dunleavy said his decision resulted from talks with...

Top NC Republican lawmakers go on campus to promote budget

Aug. 13, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's leading Republican legislators visited a public university to highlight millions of dollars in funding for campus construction and programs in their proposed state budget, held up in a stalemate with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim Moore, Senate leader...

The Latest: Dunleavy agrees to reduced university cut

Aug. 13, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska budget (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will support a $25 million cut to the Alaska university system this year, a sharp reversal from the $135 million cut he earlier endorsed. Dunleavy on Tuesday signed an agreement with Board of...