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State, federal governments need to support schools with funds

As a result of billion-dollar-plus shortfalls in the Michigan state budget, Michigan schools are being told to prepare for cuts of monumental proportions. These cuts come at a time when schools were just beginning to climb back from the cuts made by the Snyder administration years ago. The size ...

Trump as thug or hero? Depends on the network watched

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order. On the right, a tear-gassed young woman vomiting in a Washington street. For a nation rubbed raw following a traumatic weekend, cable ...

McBroom: Energy report shows pipeline tunnel UP’s best option

The U.P. Energy Task Force recently sent its final report on propane availability to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, making recommendations on steps the task force hopes the administration, Legislature and others might take to protect U.P. residents’ access to the propane widely used throughout the ...

UPCAP recognizes contributions by in-home direct care workers

Since the COVID-19 crisis began much has been said and written about the heroism displayed by the frontline health care workers across the country. They truly deserve our thanks and admiration. But the often forgotten and underappreciated direct care workers, or DCWs, also deserve that same ...

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government — escalating ...

White House punts economic update as election draws near

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration's anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election. The decision, which was ...

Head of VA says it’ll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19. At a House hearing, he defended initial use of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients as justified "to give them ...

Would mail-in voting stretch Election Day into Election Week?

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results. State election officials in ...

History made as House cast proxy votes in pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers were voting by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the ...

Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering a day after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, which would require action by Congress or ...

Poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That's surprisingly low considering the effort going into the global race ...

Trump honors fallen soldiers as nation battles against virus

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus. Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule Monday, ...

Biden lays wreath in first in-person appearance in more than two months

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Trump threatens to move RNC without governor’s assurances

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state's Democratic governor doesn't immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's tweets about the upcoming ...

Federal COVID-19 testing plan puts burden on states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, drew harsh criticism ...

Poll: Many in US won’t soon return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for ...

Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by own campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence it leads to “total election fraud.” A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states that ...

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face ...

Poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new poll finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. Yet support for public ...

Mnuchin, Powell push differing priorities to aid US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the gravest U.S. economic crisis in decades, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell offered Congress contrasting views Tuesday of what the government’s most urgent priority should be. Striking a theme frequently pushed by ...