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Latest Coronavirus Bill Leaves Local Governments Hanging
Economy
Latest Coronavirus Bill Leaves Local Governments Hanging
2020-04-24 19:10:57
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved a new coronavirus relief package on Thursday, replenishing funds for small business loans, hospitals, and to expand virus testing. The bill, signed by President Trump Friday afternoon, adds $310 billion to the Paycheck... Read More

House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
Economy
House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
2020-04-24 13:16:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by two Democratic congressmen Thursday would make businesses in the previously flourishing cannabis industry eligible to apply for COVID-19 relief programs run through the Small Business Administration. In the wake of the shuttering of many... Read More

Mail Vote in Maryland Will Fill a House Seat
State News
Mail Vote in Maryland Will Fill a House Seat

BALTIMORE — As states across the nation grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, stringent public health measures have disrupted more than the lives of millions of Americans and the businesses on which they relied. The outbreak has also upended an... Read More

Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy
Economy
Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “totally” disagreed with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions and allow shuttered businesses such as nail salons and barber shops to reopen this week. Refusing to reverse course, Kemp said he... Read More

Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid
Employment
Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid
2020-04-23 15:04:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Just over 4.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to tame it continue to batter the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that 4,427,000 Americans applied for benefits... Read More

Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
State News
Seven Coronavirus Cases Tied to Wisconsin Primary Election
2020-04-21 20:38:05
by Dan McCue

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin health official said Tuesday that the city had identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus while participating in the state's controversial April 7 primary election. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said in... Read More

3 Southern States Move to Reopen Businesses Amid Coronavirus Crisis
State News
3 Southern States Move to Reopen Businesses Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Several Southern states moved on Monday to lift stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even as top federal health officials warned that too abrupt a reopening could spark new outbreaks of disease. South Carolina and Georgia made the most aggressive... Read More

Justices Rule Montana Homeowners Can Pursue State Law Claims Against Superfund Site
Supreme Court
Justices Rule Montana Homeowners Can Pursue State Law Claims Against Superfund Site
2020-04-20 19:30:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Montana homeowners can sue Atlantic Richfield Co. under state law to get additional cleanup of arsenic left over from years of copper smelting, however, writing for the majority on a divided court, Chief Justice John Roberts said before... Read More

Maryland Court Reinstates School Nutrition Standards
State News
Maryland Court Reinstates School Nutrition Standards
2020-04-20 14:04:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration must reinstate nutrition standards for school meals that the Agriculture Department eliminated in 2018, a federal court in Maryland ruled this week. The plaintiffs were the Center for Science in the Public Interest as well... Read More

REPORT: Immigration Reform Was A Hot Topic For State Legislatures In 2019
Immigration
REPORT: Immigration Reform Was A Hot Topic For State Legislatures In 2019
2020-04-20 13:56:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Congress made little progress on immigration reform last year, but state legislatures are keeping the ball rolling. Nearly every U.S. state passed legislation related to immigration in 2019, according to a report by the National Council on State... Read More

Gov. Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Antibody Testing as State’s Death Toll, Cases Trend Down
State News
Gov. Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Antibody Testing as State’s Death Toll, Cases Trend Down

NEW YORK — New deaths and hospitalizations for coronavirus in New York state continued their downward trend over the weekend, but it’s only “halftime” in the fight against the deadly virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned Sunday as he announced a... Read More

The Backlash Against the Quarantine Has Begun in Pennsylvania
State News
The Backlash Against the Quarantine Has Begun in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — Everyone wants life to get back to normal, to have their hair cut or get a sunburn at a baseball game, to go to work, and walk shoulder-to-shoulder in a park. Some people want all of that now,... Read More

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