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FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi lawmakers returning to work on state budget

Aug. 9, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol to wrap up unfinished parts of the state budget as leaders are clashing with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. The legislative website shows that the House and Senate will convene at 1 p.m. Monday. A week after the state budget year...

Arizona teacher who resigned over COVID-19 fears faces fine

Aug. 1, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area music teacher who resigned after being told he'd have to be on campus to teach virtual classes amid the pandemic is facing a $2,000 fine. The Dysart Unified School District is set to charge Tavious Peterkin, a music teacher at an El Mirage school, to release him from his...

This undated mugshot provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix shows 18-year-old Javian Ezell of Shreveport, Louisiana. Authorities say he and another teen have been arrested in the killing of an Arizona State University professor whose body was found in a landfill earlier this month. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via The AP)

Police: Arizona professor fatally bludgeoned during robbery

Jul. 27, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two young adults charged with murder in the bludgeoning death of an Arizona State University professor four months ago told investigators that they lured him into the desert under the expectation he would pay money for sex, according to court records. Investigators say Javian Ezell and...

Health Department reports uptick in new COVID-19 cases

Jul. 14, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health reported 102 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the largest single-day total since June 10. The agency also reported one new coronavirus-related death, bringing the state state death toll from the disease to 985 patients. There...

Virus' impact to Virginia budget not as bad as feared

Jul. 9, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic's impact on Virginia's state budget hasn't been as bad as previously feared. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that Virginia ended fiscal 2020 with a $236.5 million budget shortfall, far less than anticipated. Overall, state revenues were up 2% from the...

Gov. Tate Reeves stresses the need for personal responsibility in wearing face masks during his opening statement at a coronavirus news briefing, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov vetoes part of education bill over pay plan

Jul. 9, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed most of the state education budget for the new fiscal year because it would have changed a bonus pay plan for some teachers. Republican Reeves announced that and other vetoes late Wednesday. The education budget, House Bill 1700, would have...

UNC Wilmington professor gets $504K settlement with school

Jul. 2, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has reached a half-million-dollar settlement with a professor who announced his retirement amid backlash over his comments on social media, which included calling the state’s governor “Massa Cooper.” In an email...

Murphy signs bill overhauling NJ teacher health benefits

Jul. 1, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed sweeping bipartisan legislation overhauling public teachers' health benefits that lawmakers say could save $1 billion a year over seven years. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill, which passed the Democrat-led Legislature this year with...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

New Mexico judge rejects bid to dismiss education case

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Monday rejected a motion by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to dismiss a landmark education lawsuit that was filed against the state and cleared the way for groups behind the complaint to further scrutinize the state's efforts. First District Judge Matthew Wilson had...

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Louisiana lawmakers winding down coronavirus special session

Jun. 29, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers held behind-the-scenes negotiations on a state operating budget and put the finishing touches on business tax breaks and other coronavirus response measures, as they reached the final hours of a special session that must end Tuesday. A unanimous House vote Monday...