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FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo, children play in fountains at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the second special session of 2020. But the question remains if the session, which begins Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, will be solely dedicated to rebalancing the state budget thrown out of whack because of the COVID-19 pandemic or if bills altering policy will be considered. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened...

Indiana Senate leader warns less funding for schools online

Aug. 7, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Senate president warned public schools in a letter that they could face budget cuts if they don't hold in-person classes this year, despite prior assurances from Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state leaders that schools would remain fully funded. Republican Rod Bray told school...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, a woman runs on a path by a polling place during primary elections in San Diego. .On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the California Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that would let counties offer fewer in-person polling places if they keep them open at least four days. County election officials say they are having trouble securing enough polling places because of the pandemic. Senate bill 423 would let counties consolidate some polling places. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

California sets in-person voting rules amid coronavirus

Aug. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. The change follows another law Newsom signed...

Gov. Ricketts signs budget with flood relief, scholarships

Aug. 6, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an updated, $9.3 billion state budget Thursday with new money for 2019 flood relief and career scholarships for the University of Nebraska and state colleges. Ricketts approved the two-year spending plan with no line-item vetoes. In a statement, he praised...

Gov. Tate Reeves discusses his statewide order for people to wear masks in public amid a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus during a COVID-19 press briefing, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Greg Michel and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, also spoke and provided an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi House leaders sue governor over partial vetoes

Aug. 5, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The two top leaders of the Mississippi House are suing Gov. Tate Reeves over his partial veto of some state budget bills, setting up another conflict among some of the state's top Republicans. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White, who are both in the GOP,...

NJ's high court weighs law authorizing $10B in debt

Aug. 5, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with whether a new state law letting the governor borrow nearly $10 billion to close budget gaps brought on by the coronavirus pandemic passes constitutional muster. The seven-justice court heard oral arguments over more than two hours...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during an event at the White House, in Washington. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s' ballot. Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and is up for election this year, in May moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday's primary. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Missouri approves Medicaid expansion; Parson, Galloway win

Aug. 5, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance beginning...

Lee: Federal funding won't be used to help budget shortfall

Aug. 4, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says he no longer believe the state will get permission to use federal funding to help address anticipated revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic. Lee said Monday that he is still instructing his administration to remain flexible in the event Congress reverses...

NY rolls back legal immunity for hospitals, nursing homes

Aug. 3, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

Nursing homes and hospitals in New York can once again be held liable in lawsuits and criminal prosecutions for care provided to patients not being treated for COVID-19 under a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday. Nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities were granted a broad legal shield to...

DOC to close 2 Minnesota prisons to address budget deficit

Aug. 3, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections said Monday it plans to close two state prisons to address a budget deficit. The department said it has notified its staff and legislative leaders of its plans to close the state’s two smallest correctional facilities, in Togo and...