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Panel OKs Dems' $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

Sep. 25, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee on Saturday, but one Democrat voted “no,” illustrating the challenges party leaders face in winning the near unanimity they'll need to...

Alabama lawmakers weigh using virus funds to build prisons

Sep. 25, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is weighing the use of $400 million in pandemic relief funds to build new prisons, a proposal Gov. Kay Ivey and Republican legislative leaders say would save state taxpayers’ money, but that critics argue is not an intended use of dollars. ...

Director retiring after 39 years with Beauregard Arc

Sep. 25, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — The man in charge of a southwest Louisiana nonprofit for developmentally disabled people is retiring after decades. The Beauregard Arc is looking for a new director to replace Jackie Hickman, who is retiring at the end of the year, The American...

Pollinator program aims to save rusty patched bumblebee

Sep. 25, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Sue Gray is trying to attract an endangered species into her Becker township yard — a rusty patched bumblebee. She hasn’t had much luck yet. After all, the rusty patched bumblebee has declined by 87% in the last 20...

Another Montana therapeutic boarding school closing

Sep. 24, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A therapeutic boarding school in northwestern Montana, which state inspectors learned had once made boys sleep outside in winter conditions without proper clothing as punishment, closed on Friday. Staffers confirmed to the Montana State News Bureau ...

Missouri Republicans move to cut Planned Parenthood funds

Sep. 24, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers who want to halt all public funds to Planned Parenthood are recommending that the Legislature give Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration authority to cancel abortion providers' Medicaid contracts based on behavior in other states deemed...

Many hurdles for families with food challenges, poll shows

Sep. 24, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they have had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford. A poll from Impact Genome and The Associated Press-NORC Center...

New Jersey weighs expanding flood buyback program after Ida

Sep. 24, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Liz Sawyer called Manville, New Jersey, home for more than two decades when Ida became the latest storm to send flood waters crashing into her house. For her and her family it will — she hopes — be the last time. “Let us get out of here,”...

Plaintiffs added to WVa suit over denied transgender care

Sep. 24, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two plaintiffs have been added to a federal lawsuit alleging West Virginia’s Medicaid and state employee health plans unlawfully denied coverage for gender-confirming care for transgender residents. LGBTQ interest group Lambda Legal announced...

The Latest: Australian cities move closer to ending lockdown

Sep. 23, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s two largest cities are moving closer to ending lockdowns as vaccination rates climb, but leaders are warning that people should remain cautious with their newfound freedoms and that coronavirus case numbers will inevitably rise. In New South...