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Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

Man admits threatening Missouri, Tennessee congressmen

Jun. 18, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has admitted that he threatened U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Steve Cohen of Tennessee because he was upset by comments they made. Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, Missouri, pleaded guilty Thursday...

Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there. The abuse allegations became public earlier this...

Harris to visit Pittsburgh amid push for infrastructure plan

Jun. 18, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Pittsburgh on Monday with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Harris' office said. The visit to the presidential battleground state comes as President Joe Biden's administration pushes a massive infrastructure...

Liz Cheney opponent pays visit to Arizona election audit

Jun. 18, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A candidate running against Liz Cheney in next year's Republican primary has paid a visit to an effort in Arizona to cast doubt on the outcome of the presidential election. State Rep. Chuck Gray, of Casper, on Monday visited the partisan audit that...

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 14, 2021. Editorial: First in the nation Congratulations, Vermont. We did it. We moved the needle back to “normal.” First in the nation to do so. Four hundred fifty nine days since the state of emergency...

Wisconsin marks Juneteenth with ceremony and flag raising

Jun. 18, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin got a jump on its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday by raising a commemorative flag over the state Capitol and holding a ceremony organized by Black lawmakers and attended by Gov. Tony Evers and others. Evers, a Democrat, last year ordered...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Cheers & Jeers: Irony is dead June 18 The Lewiston Tribune JEERS ... to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Now that Joe Biden is president, Risch...

Republicans point to inflation in bid to retake Congress

Jun. 18, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices have whizzed past $3 per gallon in much of the nation. The cost of used cars and new furniture, airline tickets, department store blouses, ground beef and a Chipotle burrito are on the rise, too. Many economists say the price increases are...