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Senators: Bipartisan police overhaul talks end with no deal

Sep. 23, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan congressional talks on overhauling policing practices have ended without an agreement, top bargainers from both parties said, marking the collapse of an effort that began after killings of unarmed Black people by officers sparked protests across the U.S. ...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 23, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in Congress ahead of...

Biden taps Georgia's Smyre as Dominican Republic ambassador

Sep. 22, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated a key Georgia state lawmaker to become the United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic. State Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Black Democrat from Columbus first elected in 1974, must be confirmed by the Senate before...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 22, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda Wednesday, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

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

Sep. 22, 2021 21:25 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,...

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

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

Senators: Bipartisan police overhaul talks end with no deal

Sep. 22, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan congressional talks on overhauling policing practices have ended without an agreement, top bargainers from both parties said Wednesday, marking the collapse of an effort that began after killings of unarmed Black people by officers sparked protests across the...

NC Senate maneuvers again to keep public records bill alive

Sep. 22, 2021 17:58 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...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. September 16, 2021. Editorial: Let’s continue to be a community that chooses acceptance In case you missed it, on Tuesday we ran a story about an online business being run by a couple who moved to Kentucky from Roseville,...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...