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Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Tucson's Hotel Congress in first phase of renovation plan

Jul. 24, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson's iconic Hotel Congress is getting a revamp that staff say is more than a century in the making. The historic property, which has been closed all of July, is slated to re-open Aug. 12 after the first phase of a $750,000 remodeling effort, the...

Rep. Luria's pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test

Jul. 24, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When members of Congress head home to connect with their constituents, some hit tractor pulls. Others might stop by mom-and-pop stores. For Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, whose Virginia district includes the world's largest naval base, a recent swing included boarding an...

Beware of budget gimmicks in push for massive spending deals

Jul. 24, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators fashioning a pair of colossal bills that would deliver more than $4 trillion for infrastructure, health care, environment and other initiatives insist they will fully pay for both plans. Will they? In a Washington ritual...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 24, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

Yellen outlines to Congress emergency measures on debt limit

Jul. 23, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will start taking emergency measures next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that a default would cause “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the...

Interior secretary visits new public lands HQ in Colorado

Jul. 23, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland paid her first visit Friday to the new Colorado headquarters of her department's Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation's capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to...

Republican John Kovacs launches bid for Nevada House seat

Jul. 23, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican John Kovacs on Friday announced plans to run for southern Nevada battleground congressional district in 2022. The Henderson construction company owner joins a growing field of challengers who hope to unseat Democratic Rep. Susie Lee,...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 23, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

Congressman: Federal virus aid wasn't for elected officials

Jul. 23, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan congressman is criticizing COVID-19 bonuses awarded to county commissioners and other elected officials in Shiawassee County. "American Rescue Plan dollars were intended to help frontline workers and families impacted by the pandemic,...