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Lawmakers OK $55B budget bills; $7.5B in virus relief left

Sep. 22, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers who finished passing the state budget Wednesday will next turn to allocating an unprecedented amount of federal COVID-19 rescue funding — money that largely is flexible and can be spent however the state decides. For months,...

NC Senate maneuvers again to keep public records bill alive

Sep. 22, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans have used another parliamentary maneuver to try to get legislation to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk that would increase public access to the personnel history of government employees. The Senate voted Wednesday...

Backers push new Ohio energy efficiency incentive plan

Sep. 22, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utilities would set a goal of reducing energy waste by 0.5% a year, a far more modest goal than a previous 2% requirement, under legislation aimed at restarting energy efficiency programs, a co-sponsor of the bill testified Wednesday. The previous...

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history will be highlighted Wednesday as a committee weighs two bills before Ohio legislators that would prohibit such instruction. Teaching that focuses on the effect of racism on society would...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 22, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 20 The Philadelphia Inquirer on protecting abortion rights in Pennsylvania: In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to...

Biden meeting with Democrats as $3.5T plan faces party split

Sep. 22, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing shorter, President Joe Biden planned to meet privately Wednesday with House and Senate Democrats as Congress worked to bridge party divisions over his big “build back better” agenda ahead of crucial voting deadlines. The meetings at...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 22, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 20, 2021. Editorial: The next steps to protect abortion in Pennsylvania In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to limit access to abortion throughout the commonwealth — and the fall...

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. ...

Alaska man sentenced to 99 years in death of Kotzebue girl

Sep. 21, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Kotzebue man was sentenced to 99 years in prison Tuesday in the death of Ashley Johnson-Barr, a 10-year-old whose 2018 disappearance captured national attention. Peter Vance Wilson, 44, had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of murder and...

Lawmakers attempt to revive nationwide eviction moratorium

Sep. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

Several progressive lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reimpose a nationwide eviction moratorium at a time when deaths from COVID-19 are running at their highest levels since early March. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the...