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South Carolina Senate backs expanding school voucher program

Feb. 01, 2023 15:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators on Wednesday approved a scholarship accounts program that would vastly expand eligibility for private school tuition vouchers -- making them available to middle-class families rather than just those who qualify for Medicaid. The House...

Ugandan activist's family awarded $10.5M for Utah park death

Jan. 31, 2023 16:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The United States will pay family members of a Ugandan human rights activist killed in an accident at Arches National Park more than $10 million in damages, a federal judge ruled Monday. Though the amount was substantially less than pursued, attorneys...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jan. 31, 2023 07:12 AM EST

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. January 27, 2023. Editorial: Revamping TANF needs to happen this session We hope state Sen. Jon Ford’s persistence will finally pay off for low-income Hoosier families. The Terre Haute Republican’s bill to reset the income eligibility...

UN food agency: Afghan malnutrition rates at record high

Jan. 27, 2023 11:58 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Malnutrition rates in Afghanistan are at record highs with half the country enduring severe hunger throughout the year, a spokesman for the World Food Program said Thursday. The Taliban takeover in August 2021 drove millions into poverty and hunger after...

Yellen visits Zambian farm to showcase Africa's ag potential

Jan. 26, 2023 11:35 AM EST

CHONGWE, Zambia (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen traveled from a small farm on a rural red clay road to a ramen noodle manufacturing plant in Zambia's bustling capitol of Lusaka on Tuesday to showcase Africa's potential to help solve the world's problems with food shortages. ...

Democratic response to SC State of the State address

Jan. 25, 2023 20:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here is the text as prepared of South Carolina Sen. Ronnie Sabb of Greeleyville giving the Democratic response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of the State address Wednesday: Good evening. I’m Senator Ronnie Sabb from Greeleyville, South Carolina, where I...

War on drugs locked him up; now he's a cannabis entrepreneur

Jan. 24, 2023 18:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the war on marijuana came sweeping through his New York City housing project decades ago, Roland Conner found himself going in and out of jail. It’s a time he'd rather not talk about. Now, at age 50, he has opened the state's first legal cannabis dispensary...

FAO: Rising prices, food insecurity add to ranks of hungry

Jan. 24, 2023 01:14 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Growing numbers of people in Asia lack enough to eat as food insecurity rises with higher prices and worsening poverty, according to a report released Tuesday by the Food and Agricultural Organization and other United Nations agencies. Nearly a half-billion people,...

Walz's $12B, 4-year education budget includes tax credits

Jan. 17, 2023 18:22 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a $12 billion, four-year education budget Tuesday that includes big tax credits for families with young children as well as more money for public schools across the state. The Democratic governor went to Adams Spanish Immersion...

Italy's Meloni makes first state visit to meet with Francis

Jan. 10, 2023 07:16 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, who came to power on a campaign motto of “God, Family, Fatherland” made her first official visit to see Pope Francis on Tuesday, fulfilling what she said was a hoped-for opportunity to better understand the Argentine pontiff. Meloni...