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COVID task force issues recommendations for small businesses

Jan. 17, 2022 17:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A task force created to consider how to help Missouri's small businesses recover from the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic issued several recommendations on Monday. The Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force, created by Gov. Mike Parson last...

Disaster recovery centers to open in northeast Arkansas

Jan. 16, 2022 10:27 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three joint state and federal disaster centers are set to open in northeast Arkansas to assist those affected by tornadoes that killed two people in the area in December. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business...

Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe's public hospitals

Jan. 16, 2022 09:55 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A World Health Organization official warned last week of a “closing window of opportunity” for European countries to prevent their health care systems from being overwhelmed as the omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections. ...

Biden backers 'not seeing the results' a year into his term

Jan. 15, 2022 13:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Just over a year ago, millions of energized young people, women, voters of color and independents joined forces to send Joe Biden to the White House. But 12 months into his presidency, many describe a coalition in crisis. Leading voices across Biden's diverse...

Hezbollah, ally end Cabinet boycott in crisis-hit Lebanon

Jan. 15, 2022 13:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and its main Shiite ally said Saturday they are ending their boycott of Cabinet meetings after a three-month deadlock that has worsened the small nation’s unprecedented economic meltdown. The two Shiite groups said in a joint...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

2 weeks in, does NYC Mayor Eric Adams still have swagger?

Jan. 15, 2022 09:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On his eighth day as New York City's mayor, Eric Adams stood before reporters to announce federal money for a pandemic-beleaguered hospital system — and take questions about some provocative hires in his nascent administration. Within hours, he was before the news...

COVID, China, climate: Online Davos event tackles big themes

Jan. 15, 2022 02:36 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum's annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row, but organizers still hope to catapult the world into thinking about the future with a scaled-down...

South prepares for weekend threat of debilitating snow, ice

Jan. 14, 2022 21:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Weather forecasters' predictions of debilitating snow and ice as far south as Georgia sent parts of the region into a tizzy Friday with shoppers scouring store shelves for storm supplies and road crews trying to prevent a repeat of past wintertime debacles. In...

Michigan revenues are $5.8B higher than previously forecast

Jan. 14, 2022 17:46 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two main funds will take in billions more that previously forecast, economists said Friday, again delivering good news to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers before a budget cycle. The combined additional tax revenues over the last, current and next...