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Minimum wage, abortion rights, audit ballot drives advance

Jan. 19, 2022 16:41 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of 2022 ballot drives to raise Michigan's minimum wage, protect abortion rights and conduct another audit of the presidential election cleared a procedural step Wednesday when the state elections board approved summaries to appear atop their petitions. ...

US senior diplomats in Sudan to try resolve post-coup crisis

Jan. 19, 2022 14:05 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Two senior U.S. diplomats were in Sudan Wednesday to try to find a way out of the crisis roiling the African country since an October military coup. An Israeli delegation meanwhile met with Sudan’s ruling generals to consolidate newly established ties between their countries. ...

Ex-EPA workers ask Virginia senators not to confirm Wheeler

Jan. 14, 2022 13:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees urged the Virginia Senate on Friday to oppose the nomination of former EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's Cabinet. Youngkin announced last week that he had selected...

Bill would require Senate confirmation for US prison chief

Jan. 14, 2022 11:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after the head of the troubled federal Bureau of Prisons said he was resigning amid increased scrutiny over his leadership, lawmakers have introduced a bill to require Senate confirmation for future bureau directors — the same process used to vet leaders of the FBI and...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 11 The Washington Post on “why Democrats should push hard on voting rights”: Speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden tried to reinvigorate Democrats’ push to pass two...

Arizona history-Jan. 16-22

Jan. 12, 2022 13:11 PM EST

Sunday, Jan. 16 On this date in 1900, the Gila Valley Bank, predecessor of the Valley National Bank, opened its doors in Solomonville. On this date in 1922, Isaac Polhamus, veteran steamboat captain on the Colorado River, rancher and Yuma resident for 66 years, died. ...

Taxes, vaxes and maps: Kansas Legislature kicks off session

Jan. 10, 2022 17:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican lawmakers are eager to cut taxes because Kansas is flush with cash, but the annual legislative session that opened Monday is shadowed by redistricting, election year-politics and COVID-19. With GOP supermajorities in...

Bailey to run for lieutenant governor, not attorney general

Jan. 10, 2022 14:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Charlie Bailey is switching races to run for lieutenant governor, ending his bid for attorney general. Bailey made the announcement Sunday, leaving state Sen. Jen Jordan as the only announced Democrat in the race seeking to challenge incumbent...

Neuman announces bid for Maryland governor as Democrat

Jan. 10, 2022 14:24 PM EST

Former Republican Anne Arundel County executive and entrepreneur Laura Neuman announced her bid for Maryland governor as a Democrat on Monday. Neuman, who serves on the Maryland Commission for Economic Development, is the only woman in the field of 10 Democratic candidates. She...

Youngkin announces transportation secretary nominee

Jan. 07, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Friday he has selected a retired Norfolk businessman and member of the state's transportation board to serve as the next secretary of transportation. With the announcement of Sheppard “Shep” Miller III's...