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Georgia lawmakers support immigration crackdown, religious liberty protections at deadline

Mar. 01, 2024 00:19 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers pushed through dozens of bills before a key deadline Thursday, the last day for legislation to pass either the House or Senate and advance to the other legislative chamber for consideration this year. Lawmakers supported plans to tighten rules on...

Mississippi passes quicker pregnancy Medicaid coverage to try to reduce deaths of moms and babies

Feb. 29, 2024 16:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is sending a bill to the governor that will allow women with low incomes to get Medicaid coverage earlier in pregnancy, in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a state with abysmal rates of maternal and infant mortality. ...

US applications for jobless benefits rise but remain historically low despite recent layoffs

Feb. 29, 2024 12:46 PM EST

More Americans applied for jobless benefits last week, but layoffs remain historically low even as more high-profile companies have announced job cuts this year. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 to 215,000 for the week ending Feb. 24, the Labor Department...

Cyndi Lauper inks deal with firm behind ABBA Voyage for new immersive performance project

Feb. 29, 2024 11:32 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Legendary pop icon Cyndi Lauper, who rose to fame in the 1980s with hits such as “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” has entered a partnership with the Swedish masterminds behind the immersive virtual concert ABBA Voyage. The partnership...

Missouri lawmakers try again to block Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood

Feb. 28, 2024 18:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican lawmakers are once again trying to block federal health care dollars from going to the state's Planned Parenthood clinics, this time weeks after the Missouri Supreme Court thwarted a previous attempt to end that funding. The...

Medicaid expansion proposal advances through Republican-led Mississippi House, will go to Senate

Feb. 28, 2024 18:01 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican-led House passed a bill Wednesday that would expand Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands more residents in one of the poorest states in the U.S. — a landmark shift after state leaders refused to consider the policy for years. ...

Mississippi ex-governor expected stake in firm that got welfare money, says woman convicted in fraud

Feb. 28, 2024 16:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said at a party weeks before leaving office that he had been offered a financial stake in a company that received welfare money to try to develop a concussion drug and was connected to retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre, according to a...

States offer services for disabled kids, then make their families wait 10 years for them

Feb. 28, 2024 15:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Lilly Miller was in elementary school, teachers told her parents they needed to immediately sign up their youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, for a wait list so the state would pay for a day program when she grew up. The teachers predicted a six-year wait. ...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 28, 2024 07:13 AM EST

Columbus Dispatch. February 27, 2024. Editorial: It’s time to modernize public notice rates in Mississippi Mississippi’s newspapers have been trusted with publishing legally required government notices for decades — centuries, in fact. Of course we publish news...

EPA awards $1 billion to clean up toxic waste in third cash infusion for Superfund program

Feb. 27, 2024 21:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five toxic waste sites in 15 states are to be cleaned up, and ongoing work at dozens of others will get a funding boost, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a $1 billion infusion to the federal Superfund program. The money is the...