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Children stopped at border likely hit record-high in July

Aug. 02, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday,...

Push for public vote on new Missouri gas tax increase tabled

Aug. 02, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A campaign to put Missouri’s new gas tax increase to a public vote has been tabled. A conservative advocacy group pushed to put the tax hike to a public vote before Republican Gov. Mike Parson even signed it into law, with the hope that...

Pharmaceutical plant idled despite effort to save jobs

Aug. 01, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia pharmaceutical plant that employed nearly 1,500 people has been idled despite a last-ditch attempt by labor and advocacy groups to keep it open. Time ran out Saturday for workers at the former Mylan pharmaceuticals plant in...

Census: 1 in 5 dorms, prisons had no data at end of US count

Jul. 31, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

By the end of the U.S. head count last year, the Census Bureau had no data for almost a fifth of the nation's occupied college dorms, nursing homes and prisons, requiring the statistical agency to make eleventh-hour calls to facilities in an effort to collect information or use a last-resort...

Advocates end work with US to pick asylum-seekers in Mexico

Jul. 30, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two organizations tapped by the Biden administration to recommend which migrants should be allowed into the United States to seek humanitarian protection said Friday that they are halting their work with the government and demanding an end to the Trump-era ban on asylum...

EXPLAINER: Will evictions in Louisiana spike despite aid?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September,...

EXPLAINER: Is Missouri rent relief enough to halt evictions?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the only...

Portland bans homeless camps in forest areas amid wildfires

Jul. 29, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, has banned homeless people from camping in forested parks to both protect them from potential wildfires and prevent them from accidentally starting blazes during a summer of drought and record-breaking heat. The City Council...

Pro-Sanders group rebranding into 'pragmatic progressives'

Jul. 29, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stinging from the disappointment of Bernie Sanders' loss in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, supporters pumped millions into the powerful advocacy group Our Revolution to keep the progressive fight alive and prepare for another swing at the White House. ...

Facing Census delay, group withdraws request for records

Jul. 28, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

A Republican advocacy group on Wednesday withdrew its request for a court order seeking the immediate release of Census Bureau records after the agency's chief scientist warned their disclosure could push back the already delayed release of redistricting data used for drawing congressional...