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In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Whitmer signes a $62.7 billion state budget hours before the new fiscal year, funding a new tuition-assistance program for adults while avoiding major government cuts despite the economic downturn during the coronavirus pandemic in Lansing, Mich., Sept. 30, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP File)

Whitmer signs $62.7B budget that funds tuition assistance

Sep. 30, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed a $62.7 billion state budget hours before the new fiscal year, funding a new tuition-assistance program for adults while avoiding major government cuts despite the economic downturn during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan, which had...

Connecticut House votes to give more time to process ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers voted Wednesday to give local election officials some extra time to begin processing the large numbers of absentee ballots that are expected to be filed for the Nov. 3 general election. The legislation, which cleared the House of Representatives on a 139-5 vote,...

California legislation bans toxic chemicals in cosmetics

Sep. 30, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed legislation banning two dozen toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics, making the state the first in the nation to prohibit the use of the hazardous ingredients for that purpose. “Children, communities of color and...

Applications for mail-in ballots are seen at a satellite election office at Temple University's Liacouras Center, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Trump campaign threatens to sue over Philly election offices

Sep. 30, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign threatened a lawsuit Wednesday if it does not gain access for its campaign employees to observe activity inside newly opened satellite election offices in Philadelphia, where people can register to vote, apply for mail-in ballots and fill them out. A...

This image made from video from the Office of the Governor shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom signing into law a bill that establishes a task force to come up with recommendations on how to give reparations to Black Americans on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. The law establishes a nine-member task force to come up with a plan for how the state could give reparations to Black Americans, what form those reparations might take and who would be eligible to receive them. (Office of the Governor via AP)

California to study reparations for Black Americans

Sep. 30, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will develop a detailed plan for reparations under a new law signed on Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, making it the first state to mandate a study of how it can make amends for its role in the oppression of Black people. The law creates a nine-member task force to...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. As the state looks to use $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds, one of the largest expenditures has been for law enforcement. The funds came with the stipulation that they be used in addressing the pandemic and anything unused would be returned at the end of the year. Gov. Noem's administration opted to use the money to pay salaries for law enforcement officers.(AP Photo/Stephen Groves File)

South Dakota lawmakers finalize plans for coronavirus funds

Sep. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday worked to finalize their plan on how to spend more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds ahead of a special legislative session tentatively scheduled for next week. Lawmakers have been holding public input sessions in recent weeks...

Michigan bill would criminalize requesting ballot for others

Sep. 30, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to request an absentee ballot under someone else's name, as the state prepares for a presidential election in which a record number of people are expected to vote by mail. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hasn't...

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, fans watch the racing sausages during a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants in Milwaukee. The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Andrew Hitt, is warning Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in the days leading up to the election. Milwaukee plans to allow for in-person absentee voting at Miller Park and Fiserv Forum between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Republicans don't want Bucks, Brewers at early voting sites

Sep. 30, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party warned Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots, including the Brewers' famous racing sausages, to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in...

DHHS CEO Dannette Smith speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of political battles in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign to force the issue and a nearly two-year rollout that left some residents in health care limbo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Expanded Medicaid begins in Nebraska after years of dispute

Sep. 30, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of wrangling over it in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign that led voters to approve it and a nearly two-year rollout that left some people in health care limbo. The...

House GOP pushes ahead plan for 'election integrity' panel

Sep. 30, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to set up a Republican-majority state House panel to review the fall election, with subpoena power and money to operate, was muscled out of committee Wednesday over loud Democratic objections. The resolution would establish a Select Committee on Election Integrity to look...