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APNewsBreak: Coal tax cut endangers federal black lung fund

Mar. 19, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

Ky gov signs bill limiting Grimes' power over election board

Mar. 19, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation removing the secretary of state's power over the State Board of Elections was signed into law on Tuesday by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin — on the same day the board met. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes did not attend the meeting at the state Capitol. The seat...

Beto O'Rourke makes early impression in Pennsylvania visit

Mar. 19, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is making an early impression in Pennsylvania, a late-voting state that may yet play a role in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest. An animated O'Rourke spoke Tuesday for 50 minutes to a crowd of hundreds in a Penn State...

Collins campaign challenger raising money through can drive

Mar. 19, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

SANGERVILLE, Maine (AP) — An independent candidate seeking to unseat Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is raising money for her campaign through a bottle and can drive. Danielle Ravyn VanHelsing tells The Sun Journal she is "trying to think outside the box" ahead of the 2020 election. VanHelsing...

US Sen. Markey to give away campaign donations from Kraft

Mar. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey planned to donate campaign contributions he received from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida, to an organization that works to end human trafficking. Markey received $3,600 in donations from Kraft during the...

Former VP candidate Tim Kaine to speak in Louisville

Mar. 19, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will be in Kentucky next month to speak at the University of Louisville. Kaine, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia, will speak as part of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series. Kaine ran on the ticket with Hillary...

Warren backs congressional plan for reparations study

Mar. 18, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday embraced a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. Warren first voiced...

Border wall could siphon aircraft, submarine project money

Mar. 18, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Members of Congress say the Department of Defense tells them that congressionally approved money for four projects in Pennsylvania are at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The offices of Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Chrissy...

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...