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    (CNN)The overturning of Roe v. Wade gives the green light to Republican-led states to pass stricter abortion laws, and several legislatures, rather than wait for the traditional legislative season to begin in the fall, are calling extraordinary sessions this summer to immediately take action.Lawmakers in Indiana and West Virginia have met this week to debate new bills that would curtail the procedure, and other Republican leaders have publicly indicated that they will meet over the coming weeks. Several Democratic-led legislatures have also reconvened -- in order to pass new protections for abortion rights that they now see under threat.These states are potentially next to hold special sessions on abortion this summer.Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, governor of Arkansas, speaks on a panel during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, US, on Monday, June 27, 2022. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has already called for an extraordinary session the week of August 8 to address tax relief. Hutchinson told reporters earlier this month that abortion may be a potential topic for the session, according to local reports. Read MoreArkansas bans providers...
    Jacob deGrom threw a baseball on Sunday. In fact, he threw many of them. Notoriously private, obsessively weary of the media, deGrom’s bullpen session happened long before anybody else showed up at Citi Field. deGrom was also nowhere to be found in the clubhouse before the game or on the field during warmups. “Jacob threw a side today,” Buck Showalter confirmed. “I talked to him a little bit. It seemed to go well. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and then make a decision on where he goes, and when. The plan is for him to make a [rehab] start some time in the coming week.” Showalter did not watch the session live, could not tell reporters how many pitches deGrom threw, and at the time of his pregame press conference, the manager had not watched video of deGrom either. “Jake knows the things that should be talked about and the things that are just general soreness from wear and tear. He’s in a good spot.” Each of the last few times Showalter has spoken about deGrom, he’s been consistent...
    Here’s just a sliver of what the Supreme Court did in the past two weeks of decisions. It doesn’t even count the atrocities it  rolled out earlier in the session, including all of the destructive shadow docket decisions that were made without hearings, without any transparency, and often even without the Court’s extremists signing their names. x In one term, the extremist Supreme Court:-overturns Roe v. Wade-guts Miranda rights-ends regulations on open-carry of guns-allows prayer in schools by employees-ends federal regulation of greenhouse gases— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) June 30, 2022 For the coup de grâce of the session, the Court announced that it will hear Moore v. Harper, the North Carolina Republicans’ appeal in a redistricting case that, in my colleague Stephen Wolf’s words, “could have catastrophic consequences for voting rights and fair elections across the country next year in advance of the pivotal 2024 elections.” Not to put too fine a point on it, but the case could pave the way for Donald Trump to effect the electoral coup John Eastman cooked up to overthrow the 2020 election. And there are at least four extremists...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — From teachers, to cafeteria workers, to bus drivers, to school nurses, Baltimore County Public Schools has plenty of job openings. The district is looking to fill them this month through a series of job fairs and recruitment sessions over June. The recruitment events vary in time and location and include both virtual and in-person events. Here is the schedule, as provided by BCPS: School Nurses Virtual Job Fair Monday, June 6, at 4 – 6 p.m. A virtual job fair for prospective school nurses. Representatives from BCPS Health Services will be available to answer questions about the position. Human Resources representatives will be available to answer questions about the hiring process and next steps. Cafeteria Worker Recruitment Session Wednesday, June 8, at 2 p.m. Eastpoint Workforce Development Center, 7930 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224 An in-person recruitment session to include an information session, interview, and pre-employment scheduling. Interested applicants should apply online and will be invited to the next session and any thereafter if they cannot attend the first....
    The Maryland Terps are back in the NCAA Baseball Championship as a No. 15 seed, and they will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time ever. Second-seeded Wake Forest, third-seeded UConn and fourth-seeded Long Island University will visit Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium as part of the College Park Regional. Those games start Friday. The Terps are coming off their best regular season in school history, winning a program-record 44 games, as well as a first-ever Big Ten Regular-Season Championship. This will be their second consecutive tournament appearance — and their fifth since 2014. More Sports News More Local News All-session tickets go on sale Tuesday at 1 p.m. Those include tickets for all games Friday through Sunday. They’re $60 for adults and $30 for youth and seniors. If games are necessary next Monday, tickets will be sold as single session tickets beginning at 9 a.m. that day. Single session regional tickets go on sale Tuesday at 5 p.m. They’re $12 for adults, $5 for students of the participating schools, and $8 for youth and seniors.
    STEVE MCCLAREN will reportedly be helping Erik ten Hag pick his Manchester United team next season. The 61-year-old former England manager will be returning to the Red Devils set-up after two decades away. 2Erik ten Hag will take charge of Manchester United this summerCredit: Rex 2Steve McClaren will be joining the Dutchman's coaching staffCredit: Getty Ajax manager Ten Hag is taking charge of United at the end of the campaign and will be tasked with helping to rebuild the club. He already knows he faces a huge task with the Old Trafford outfit struggling to even cement a top six finish this term. And things hit a new low at United this week after it emerged two senior players had a full-on scrap at their Carrington HQ. The shocking incident came towards the end of a training session at their base on Thursday. READ MORE FOOTBALLCUP OF GLEE Meet Liverpool's Brazilian beauties and Chelsea's Kings Road fashion queens The duo went at it and had to be pulled apart as it brought the session to a premature end with all...
    Getty Dale Earnhardt Jr. attends a Next Gen test session at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has shut down any prospects of a return to NASCAR Cup Series competition. He won’t return to Hendrick Motorsports or any other team for the Daytona 500 or any other race at the top level of NASCAR. The 15-time Most Popular Driver met with media members to start the second day of Next Gen testing at Daytona International Speedway and explained that he will not make a return to the top level of stock car racing. Earnhardt explained during the session that he is not willing to put everything on the line as he did early in his career due to his role as a father and husband. “I’m 47 years old. … I’m done taking risks.” @DaleJr says testing at Daytona did not make him want to return to race in the Daytona 500. pic.twitter.com/2k9bBNJzcu — FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) January 12, 2022 “You know, I think that it’s a long story, but I’m old, 47 years old, and take a guy like...
    Getty The 15x Most Popular Driver will return to the Next Gen car. The 15-time Most Popular Driver is about to climb back into the NASCAR Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join Hendrick Motorsports for the upcoming organizational tests at Daytona International Speedway on January 11-12. Hendrick Motorsports announced the news with a pair of photos. The championship-winning organization said that it was bringing a pair of Daytona winners to the test and showed two sets of helmets and gloves. One set featured Axalta colors and sat in front of William Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet. The second set included Earnhardt’s signature skeleton finger gloves. Were bringing a pair of @DAYTONA winners to this weeks #NextGen test. Lets go to work. #DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/RMBRAFriuj — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) January 10, 2022 Hendrick Motorsports did not explicitly state that Earnhardt would be the second driver for the test session at Daytona International Speedway. However, the social media team tagged both Earnhardt and Byron in the tweet as a confirmation that the former driver of the No. 88 HMS...
    Getty Kurt Busch has shown off his Monster Energy scheme. The driver of the No. 45 Toyota Camry for 23XI Racing has just provided an extended look at the future. Kurt Busch hit the track on December 15 and showcased the Monster Energy primary scheme for his Next Gen stock car. The 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion provided the look prior to the first of two test sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He tweeted out a photo of the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota with its black base and green and white decals. Busch then headed out onto the track and took a multitude of laps around the oval to generate data for his team. Nothing can stop me. @MonsterEnergy @ToyotaRacing @23XIRacing pic.twitter.com/bAyMDdYagf — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 15, 2021 The scheme appeared to be the same one that Busch and 23XI Racing used to reveal that he will move to the Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan co-owned team in 2022. The decals are in the same spot. The primary difference between the two stock cars is that...
    TYSON FURY enjoyed a successful first night of his 'Homecoming Tour' at the 02 Apollo in Manchester alongside dad John. In what was the first of six events this month, the 33-year-old headed to his hometown following his epic trilogy win against Deontay Wilder. 3Tyson Fury is currently on a UK tour following his trilogy win over heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder 3Fury showed off his tour bus which he be travelling in across England, Scotland and Wales And the Gypsy King is putting on a show for his adoring fans in the UK - where he has not fought since 2018. Further events are to be held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leicester, London and Glasgow until next week. Prior to the show on Thursday night, Fury took to his Instagram story to express his excitement at the tour, with his dad a special guest live on stage. Fury said: "It's a lovely day here in Morecambe Bay. Hey, hey, hey, here at the gym, just finished. "Hard session guys, have a lovely day." In another upload, he then showed his tour...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the latest challenge to Roe v. Wade, new abortion laws are already in the works ahead of Florida’s upcoming legislative session. HB 167 is already in a subcommittee, it would require doctors to conduct a test and inform a pregnant woman of a heartbeat. Doctors say that could happen at 6 weeks. Once detected that would prohibit an abortion. People would also be able to file a lawsuit after an illegal abortion is performed, it mirrors a Texas law that is also expected to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. READ MORE: Arrest Made After Social Media Threat Targets Marjory Stoneman Douglas High“That bill is less likely to pass in Florida but what I do envision passing in Florida is something like the Mississippi law, which is a 15-week ban,” State Sen. Lori Berman. State Senator Lori Berman told CBS 4, the latest hearing opened a door for Florida lawmakers to introduce new laws in the interim, laws that will make abortions nearly impossible. “And if the Supreme Court rules...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. As the General Assembly prepares for a special session next week and the upcoming regular legislative session, Maryland House Republicans say they want to maintain some procedures established during the COVID-19 pandemic, in an attempt to continue “a new layer of transparency and openness to the legislative process.” Minority Leader Jason C. Buckel (R-Allegany) and Minority Whip Christopher T. Adams (R-Middle Shore) wrote, on behalf of the Maryland House Republican Caucus, in a letter to House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) that they want to continue a two-day notice of committee voting sessions and live-streaming voting sessions, even after the pandemic subsides. “If this can be achieved in an environment when less staff are on hand, there should not be a problem providing this level of transparency once normal operations resume,” they wrote. The General Assembly will convene on Monday in a special session to determine congressional districts for the next decade and will meet again on...
    Getty Denny Hamlin takes part in a Next Gen Test. The sanctioning body has made a change to the planned Next Gen test schedule. NASCAR took one test away from Las Vegas Motor Speedway and added another at the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval. NASCAR provided the update on Wednesday, November 24. The press release noted that the planned session for Phoenix Raceway will now take place on January 25-26 instead of December 14-15. This January session will replace the planned test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Additionally, NASCAR added another two-day organizational test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The drivers and their teams will head to the oval track on December 15 and 17. There will be a planned “cold” day between the sessions so that the teams can analyze their data. According to FOX Sports reporter Bob Pockrass, there will be a one-day organizational test on December 7 or 8. However, this will be a limited session featuring one car from each OEM.The Last Test Featured Pit Stops Practice makes [email protected] is getting after it with #NextGen. ????...
    MILAN (AP) — Favorite Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Brandon Nakashima of the United States dominated the opening session of the Next Gen Finals on Tuesday. Alcaraz took just 75 minutes to beat Holger Rune of Denmark 4-3 (6), 4-2, 4-0, seeing out the group match with a crosscourt volley to take the final game and set to love. The 18-year-old Alcaraz has moved more than 100 places up the rankings this season to No. 32 and reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Earlier, Nakashima also took less than 90 minutes to beat Francisco Cerúndolo of Argentina 4-1, 3-4 (3), 4-1, 4-0. Nakashima, ranked 63rd in the world, broke serve four times and won when the 91st-ranked Cerúndolo returned a serve into the net. All four players are in Group A of the eight-man tournament, which has a round-robin format. The top two in both groups qualify for Friday’s semifinals. The final is on Saturday. In Group B, Sebastian Korda of the U.S. plays Hugo Gaston of France in the first match of the evening session, followed by home favorite Lorenzo...
                      by Scott McClallen  Surrounded by states that have legalized sports betting, some Minnesota lawmakers will push to create additional tax revenue and entertainment next session. Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, held a press conference to announce his plan to pursue legalized sports betting. “Minnesotans deserve the chance to engage in safe and legal sports betting right here in Minnesota,” Stephenson said. “That is why I am announcing I will lead an effort to legalize sports betting during the next regular session of the Legislature.” North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois have legalized online or retail sports betting. Since the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on state authorization of sports betting in 2018, 29 states and Washington D.C. offer sports betting. Three others have legalized it but are not operating yet. “I have heard from Minnesotans across the state who are interested in having the same opportunities that our neighbors have,” Stephenson added. “This will be the most significant change to Minnesota’s gaming laws in many years....
    NORTHWOOD, Iowa (WCCO) — If you want to legally put money on your favorite Minnesota sports teams, your best bet is to drive down I-35 to Iowa. But some state lawmakers hope next session they will turn hopes of legal sports gambling in Minnesota into reality, too. READ MORE: 'This One I'll Remember The Rest Of My Life': Twin Cities Officer Breaks Up Dueling Eagles“Minnesota shouldn’t be an island, one of an ever-shrinking number of states that doesn’t allow sports betting. It should be legal,” said Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids. Stephenson, chair of the House Commerce Committee, held a news conference Wednesday pledging to put forward a yet-to-be-written bill in the House next year for the legislature to consider. So far 29 states and the District of Columbia have legal and functional sports gambling and three more states have approved it, though the program is not yet operational. What types of bets are permissible varies. All neighboring states to Minnesota—Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin—have legalized it in some form. “You work hard...
                        Georgia Governor Brian Kemp may have another Republican opponent as he vies for reelection next year. The Intelligencer reported this week that former U.S. Senator David Perdue is mulling whether to compete against Kemp. The website quoted anonymous Republican Party activists and operatives. “In recent weeks, Perdue has called donors and other allies to float the idea, according to eight people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential matters,” The Intelligencer reported. “Several of them said he’s ‘conflicted” about a run, while others say he’s leaning toward a challenge.” The Hill, meanwhile, reported that certain people have speculated for months that Perdue might try to replace Kemp. “If Perdue runs, however, he would likely secure [former President Donald] Trump’s endorsement,” The Hill wrote. “The former president sees him as an ally and even appeared to encourage him to run during a rally in Georgia in September.” Perdue conceded his reelection bid for the U.S. Senate earlier this year to current U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA). That...
    All went well in Chris Bassitt’s bullpen session on Wednesday in Kansas City. The Oakland A’s pitcher hit 93mph on his fastball, threw two simulated innings, 15 pitches per inning, with outfielder Skye Bolt standing in the box. Most importantly, Bassitt “looked like himself,” Manager Bob Melvin said. On Saturday when the A’s travel to Anaheim to play the Los Angeles Angels, Bassitt will throw to hitters pre-game in a simulated game with players in position and will be “a full-go.” There is no definitive plan after the simulated game. Schedule beyond that — after when he throws to hitters there will be a definitive plan. Bassitt is three weeks removed from surgery to repair facial fractures incurred when he took a line drive to his face against the Chicago White Sox. He threw his first bullpen session this past Saturday that included all pitches but his slider. Because the injury is to his face and not his throwing arm, Bassitt may not need a rehab assignment before returning to game action. Though, he is running out...
    ST. PAUL, MINN. (WCCO) — A once-likely special session of the Minnesota Legislature next month is now uncertain, after Gov. Tim Walz said he would reconsider calling lawmakers back to the capitol if Senate Republicans pursue removing the state’s top health official. Walz earlier this week said calling a special session would give him “pause” if Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm’s job is at risk. His comments come after Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, suggested during a rally over the weekend that Malcolm should be fired by the Senate. READ MORE: Rochester Woman Pleads Guilty To Accessory After The Fact In St. Paul Arsons, Helping Husband Escape Country The chamber, controlled by Republicans, has the unique power to give consent to governor appointees. It has previously removed two, and earlier this year threatened to oust the head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, prompting her resignation. “In the middle of a spike of the Delta variant, at a time when school is starting — the absurdity and recklessness and, quite honestly, the dangerous talk that you would get rid of...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Amid a summer with more frequent fires and floods, Maryland state lawmakers and environmental advocates are beginning to think about what another climate bill could look like during the next legislative session.  “The longer we observe what’s happening around the nation and the world, the more aggressive we have to be in addressing this,” said Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), the Senate sponsor of Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021, a major climate bill that failed last legislative session.  This summer, many parts of the country experienced higher than average temperatures, especially western United States, which experienced its fourth heat wave in less than two months and had dozens of wildfires burning.  And countries like Germany and Chin have been ravaged by deadly floods this summer, highlighting how climate change can intensify rainy seasons.  “This is something that we need to be concerned about because we know heat waves are getting worse, more frequent and intense, and think about — are we prepared enough in Maryland in...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With the Texas House on hold because it lacks a quorum, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he’s already got his sights set on the next special session of the Legislature. “Whenever the current special session ends, I will immediately call another special session.” The current special session, which began July 8, is set to end Aug. 7. When asked if that means the next special session will begin Aug. 8, the governor said, “Yes, immediately. There will be no daylight whatsoever.” On Monday, 51 House Democrats flew on charter planes to Washington, D.C., to deny Republicans the required quorum and fight back against what they describe as voter suppression bills. Abbott said he has not personally reached out to Democrats who left the Texas Capitol. “I will talk to them as soon as they return to the job they are being paid by taxpayers to do. When they return to the Capitol, I’ll talk to them all the time to make sure we get this legislation as well as other very important pieces of legislation passed.”...
    The Supreme Court, as if putting a pin in how destructive its rulings this week are to democracy, announced all the other ways it will consider taking an axe to 21st century America in the October session of 2021. Having done away with what was left of the Voting Rights Act, they're going to be on a tear. It would be an excellent thing if there were more justices on the court in October to counter what will otherwise be an extremist rout by conservatives. We already knew they were going to tackle yet another challenge to abortion rights, a major gun regulations case, and quite possibly an affirmative action. There's also yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) lurking in the wings with whack job Federal Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas to try to eliminate coverage of preventive care in the law. It could make its way to the Supreme Court, through the 5th Circuit like other ACA challenges have. That's speculative, but what we do know is that in addition to those hot-button cases, there will be...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Chris Sale continues to slowly but steadily make progress toward returning to a big league mound. The latest step for the Red Sox’ ace came Wednesday afternoon, when he threw live batting practice at Fenway Park. Sale’s performance on the mound drew strong reviews from the Red Sox, including Christian Arroyo, who had to step in against the lefty as part of his own rehab effort. Can confirm, VERY GOOD. https://t.co/rNBsZ3mV7b — Christian Arroyo (@arroyo_c) June 30, 2021 Obviously, a live BP session doesn’t mean Sale will be joining the Red Sox’ rotation in the next couple of weeks. But manager Alex Cora couldn’t hold back his excitement when asked about how Sale looked. “What we saw today was eye-opening,” Cora said. “Good slider, good changeup, 94-95 velocity.” For Cora, it was Sale’s ability to locate pitches that stood out the most. “The command of the pitches, that’s something that I didn’t expect,” Cora said. “He was able to throw fastballs inside, fastballs arm-side open away to put people away. The changeup...
    In this article @ND.1 @SP.1 @DJ.1 Commuters exit a Wall Street subway station near the New York Stock Exchange.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesFutures contracts tied to the major U.S. stock indexes rose at the start of the overnight session Wednesday evening as investors eyed a key inflation report due out Thursday. Dow futures opened up 41 points, while those tied to the S&P 500 added 0.1%. Nasdaq 100 contracts were mostly flat. U.S. markets continued to trade within a tight range on Wednesday, with all three major indexes ending the day within 0.5% of Tuesday's closing levels. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite all fell during regular trading, ending the session further away from their respective all-time highs. The S&P 500 remains closest to its benchmark and is just 0.44% away from a new all-time high. The Dow and Nasdaq are roughly 2% away from records. The after-hours session saw the stock of video-game retailer GameStop sliding 10% in extended trading despite the company's announcement that it's tapped former Amazon executive Matt Furlong to be its...
    The European stocks took the path of the comeback this Friday with the aim of alleviating the weekly losses to which they accumulated until now. Despite the restrictions foreseen for Easter, the financial and cyclical values they were taking the lead. The Ibex 35 rose 1.05% up to 8,498.2 points. The elevation of the 8,500 points resisted closing, but a timid weekly advance of 0.06% was achieved. At the top of the revaluation table was placed Bankia, with rises of 2.6% to 1.78 euros in what is its last trading session after a decade on the market. The comeback equaled the rise that was aimed CaixaBank, the entity this same Friday consummated the formal absorption of the heir bank of Caja Madrid and that it received an increase in the target price by JP Morgan. Up to 2.8 euros per share. However, the tandem formed by these entities was not an exception on the floor. Santander Bank achieved progress of 1.4% after the announcements of the date for its next dividend and the purchase offer for the minorities of...
    Bubba Wallace became the latest NASCAR Cup Series driver to test the Next Gen car, after a productive testing session on Wednesday at Richmond Raceway. Every successive Next Gen test holds more importance as NASCAR debuts the new car next season. Wallace was originally supposed to run a session on Tuesday as well, but inclement weather laid waste to those plans. Wednesday’s test also began later than scheduled, but Wallace did get in a few hours with the new car, enough for him to give the officials some useful inputs. Wallace drove the Prototype 3 of the Next Gen Car. Tire manufacturer Goodyear also had a keen interest in Wednesday’s session as they could test the tire wear on the car at Richmond. Bubba Wallace reviews his first ride in the NASCAR Next-Gen car The 23XI Racing star said that he did not speak to his colleagues who have tested the car in the past beforehand. He wanted a fresh outlook on the new car, based on his own experiences. The no. 23 Cup driver’s first impression of the car...
    New York : The expectation of the Democrats is pass in the House of Representatives the $ 1,400 stimulus check package that came from the Senate as early as this Tuesday so that it can be signed by the president before March 14 and start the distribution process next week. However, this will depend, mainly, on how long the debate and voting process of the “American Rescue Plan” in the Lower House extends. Although the intention of the Democrats, led by spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, is to give way to the legislation as soon as possible, it is not as simple as it seems. To begin with, the Rules Committee must establish the parameters for the debate, and then the Chamber must approve said rules. Once this is done, legislators will first debate the measure and then take the final vote, which could extend into hours tonight and even longer. Most likely, the Democratic majority will approve the plan without Republican votes, as happened Saturday at noon after a marathon session in which multiple amendments to the bill were evaluated....
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers won't reconvene until next week because of the harsh winter weather hitting the state. House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers decided Tuesday to call off meetings this week due to concerns about travel conditions. Days missed this week will be made up later this month and in March. Lawmakers are now scheduled to reconvene next Monday, which will be the halfway point of the 30-day session that's set to end in late March. The deadline for lawmakers to file new bills is now set for Feb. 23. Legislators still have considerable work ahead of them in the last half of this year's session, including passing a new state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Kentucky, Associated Press
    All About Bachelor Contestant Victoria Larson, the Self-Appointed Queen on Matt James Season Deferment vs. forbearance: Which is best for your student loan? Successful Next Gen test session concludes at Charlotte © Jared C. Tilton Getty Images 'Successful' Next Gen test session concludes at Charlotte NASCAR competition officials said they were pleased with the outcome of a brief Tuesday afternoon test of the Next Gen car at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch drove the prototype at the 1.5-mile track as officials worked to sort through adjustments to some of the car’s components. The model is set to debut in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, and Tuesday’s closed session marked its first on-track time since a one-day test at Daytona International Speedway last month. RELATED: Scenes from November’s Next Gen test at Charlotte “We had a successful test at Charlotte Motor Speedway today and were able to validate some work we’ve done since our recent tests at Charlotte and Daytona,” said John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation. “We wanted to return to Charlotte with Kurt to collect...
    Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer on Wednesday night reconvened the very Electoral College certification process that triggered an assaul on the Capitol hours earlier. But first, some strong words: "The United States Senate will not be intimated," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at 8 p.m. ET as lawmakers reassmbled in a Capitol where, minutes prior, broken glass and other debris had to be swept up. Still earlier, the lawmakers, hastily evacuated as demonstrators besieged the the iconic building, were escorted back inside by dozens upon dozens of armed law enforcement officers. McConnell used the term "unhinged crowd" to describe the mob, comprising Americans who support President Donald Trumps contention that Joe Bidens victory in the Nov. 3 vote was the result of massive fraud and a rigged process. McConnell vowed that the "clockwork of democracy," uninterrupted in times of war and domestic upheaval, would continue on in spite of the earlier mob scene. "Now were going to finish exactly what we started." Up next came Schumer, who is expected to be the next majority leader under a...
    Saying that the gap between the wealthy and working class grew wider during the pandemic, a consortium of New York labor organizations representing 2.5 million workers called on state lawmakers to return to Albany before the year ends and pass new taxes, including levies on “billionaires and ultra-millionaires,” to address the state’s looming budget crisis. The labor groups have some support as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Monday that legislative leaders and the Cuomo administration are talking about such a session. A statement Monday from 10 labor unions and the state AFL-CIO said the Legislature needs to raise taxes on the wealthy and raise up to $9 billion. The unions are Communications Workers of America; District Council 37, AFSCME; New York State Nurses Association; New York State Public Employees Federation; New York State United Teachers Union; 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Professional Staff Congress/CUNY; Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; United Auto Workers Region 9-A (UAW); United University Professions (UUP). Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cited the state faces a $30 billion dollar deficit over the next two...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A GOP state senator in Virginia is suing over plans by Democratic leaders to limit public access to lawmakers’ offices during next year’s legislative session. Virginia Beach Sen. Bob DeSteph announced his lawsuit Tuesday, saying plans to keep a state office building open only to credentialed staff and lawmakers during the legislative session is a violation of the First Amendment. DeSteph said the Pocahontas Building, which sits just next to the state Capitol, should be open for in-person meetings. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., will retain her seat for at least a few days when the 117th Congress begins on Jan. 3, even as she heads into the final stretch of what is expected to be a heated runoff election with Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock. The Republican Party will begin the new Senate session with 51-48 majority following confirmed victories for Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina and Sen. Dan Sullivan in Alaska. Loeffler, who was appointed to complete the unexpired term of former Sen. Johnny Isakson, will keep her seat until a winner is declared in the Jan. 5 runoff vote, Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram reported. Both of Georgia’s Senate seats are headed to runoff elections, with the outcome in each race expected to determine the balance of power in Congress’s upper chamber. VideoWhile Loeffler will retain her Senate seat until the runoff concludes, the term of Georgia’s other incumbent Sen. David Perdue expires at 11:59:59 a.m. ET on Jan. 3. His seat will remain vacant until the victor of his runoff race with Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff...
    Adobe Legislative leaders on Wednesday released details surrounding the Nov. 17 organization session, with the House and Senate laying out different plans for how they will conduct business and celebrate election victories amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While organization sessions are normally ceremonial events where family members and friends watch legislators get sworn in, incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, released a plan that will limit the number of people allowed on the Senate floor and require that all senators and senior staff members be tested for COVID-19 by Nov. 16. “There will be an onsite testing location available on Sunday, November 15 and Monday, November 16. Please allot 30 minutes for the rapid result PCR test,” Simpson wrote in a memo. The Senate plan doesn’t mandate that masks be worn but makes clear that members and guests are asked to adhere to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that recommend masks and six-foot social distancing.  The Senate’s spouse lounge and child-care center will be closed, and only newly elected senators will be allowed to have a guest accompany...
    Capital News Service — Senate President Bill Ferguson, D-Baltimore, on Friday released an operational plan for how the Senate will conduct the next session during the ongoing pandemic, including how health checks, voting procedures and public testimony will be conducted. Ferguson told reporters that he and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, D-Baltimore County, met with Gov. Larry Hogan, R, on Thursday and have been working closely with him, as well as with local officials, advocacy groups and other stakeholders, on the physical and operational changes needed to ensure legislative business could safely continue. “This has been a bigger task than I imagined,” Ferguson said, stating it seemed as though those involved were “rebuilding the legislative process from scratch.” Ferguson unveiled to reporters the Senate’s 2021 Session Operations Plan, which explains COVID-19 precautions legislators will undertake as well as physical changes to the State House that are planned to be in place by Jan. 13. Senate precautions include daily access to the State House being limited to Senators and two approved staffers per office and members of the press. Guests would...
    By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a pep talk to Japanese government officials and local organizers on Thursday that included suggestions that “hundreds of millions” of doses COVID-19 vaccines would be available before the postponed Olympics open in July. Bach was speaking from Switzerland in an on-line gathering of officials in Japan during the first of two days of meetings focused on how to pull off the delayed Tokyo Games. Bach pointed out that major sports events like the Tour de France have been held with limited fans and without the vaccine. But he said a vaccine — or vaccines — could be ready for Tokyo, although he gave few details. “We have very encouraging news about the development of a vaccine — and not only a vaccine, but vaccines,” he said. Bach added that the International Olympic Committee was in contact with the World Health Organization and other “experts" and unnamed pharmaceutical companies. He said they were "unanimous" in saying that a vaccine will be available at the beginning of next...
    TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a pep talk to Japanese government officials and local organizers on Thursday that included suggestions that “hundreds of millions” of doses COVID-19 vaccines would be available before the postponed Olympics open in July. Bach was speaking from Switzerland in an on-line gathering of officials in Japan during the first of two days of meetings focused on how to pull off the delayed Tokyo Games. Bach pointed out that major sports events like the Tour de France have been held with limited fans and without the vaccine. But he said a vaccine — or vaccines — could be ready for Tokyo, although he gave few details. “We have very encouraging news about the development of a vaccine — and not only a vaccine, but vaccines,” he said. Bach added that the International Olympic Committee was in contact with the World Health Organization and other “experts” and unnamed pharmaceutical companies. He said they were “unanimous” in saying that a vaccine will be available at the beginning of next year. “In the first couple months...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hear testimony on bills surrounding police accountability and reform next week, committee Chairman William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery) announced Tuesday evening. “Systemic injustices in policing have plagued our communities for generations and developing the best solutions requires legislators to be thoughtful and purposeful,” Smith said in a statement. “To achieve this, we need participation from all Marylanders to find solutions to heal the relationship between our law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.” Legislative committees routinely hold hearings throughout the interim, when the General Assembly isn’t in session. But bill hearings during the interim on specific pieces of legislation, which will presumably come up for consideration by a full legislative chamber during an upcoming legislative session, are unusual. As the General Assembly’s presiding officers ponder ways to make the upcoming session safer and more efficient with the COVID-19 outbreak showing few signs of abating — it’s possible that other bill hearings...
    New Hampshire girl swims across English Channel The Co-op supermarket chain will add 1,000 new jobs with 65 new, or improved, stores powered by renewable energy Heres what happened to the stock market on Friday © Provided by CNBC Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 159 points The Dow fell 159.42 points, or 0.6%, to 28,133.31. The S&P 500 dipped 0.81% to 3,426.96. The Nasdaq Composite slid 1.3%. Stocks gyrated wildly throughout Friday's session as tech shares tried to recover from a massive sell-off in the previous session. The Dow was down more than 600 points at one point. All the major benchmarks fell for the week as tech shares declined. Load Error U.S. unemployment rate dropsThe U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.4% last month from 10.2% in July, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected the rate to decline to 9.8%. As for overall jobs creation, employment in the U.S. grew by 1.37...
    Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.Johannes Eisele | AFP | Getty ImagesDow Jones Industrial Average falls 159 points The Dow fell 159.42 points, or 0.6%, to 28,133.31. The S&P 500 dipped 0.81% to 3,426.96. The Nasdaq Composite slid 1.3%. Stocks gyrated wildly throughout Friday's session as tech shares tried to recover from a massive sell-off in the previous session. The Dow was down more than 600 points at one point. All the major benchmarks fell for the week as tech shares declined.U.S. unemployment rate dropsThe U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.4% last month from 10.2% in July, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected the rate to decline to 9.8%. As for overall jobs creation, employment in the U.S. grew by 1.37 million in August, topping an estimate of 1.32 million. "The jobs data today were solid," said Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group. "However, now the real work begins. The next 2-3% of employment gains are going to be very...
    (CNN)Democrats are discussing whether to bring the House of Representatives back as early as next week to discuss some of the issues facing the United States Postal Service, a source familiar with the matter and three House Democratic aides told CNN. "Yes there are discussions to bring the House back to address the Postal Service crisis, timing not clear yet. Next week and week after (are) being discussed," one of the aides said. There was a phone call among House Democratic leadership Saturday evening to discuss the matter, the source familiar with the matter said.That source said possible action by the House could include forbidding the Postal Service to change sorting devices, prevent the closure of facilities, stopping any effort to end overtime pay or changing the timing of mail delivery. Democrats also may push language requiring all ballot deliveries to have first class status.The issue is that members are getting heavily criticized in their districts during this recess period for not coming back and trying to do something about this postal issue. The open question that leadership is trying...
    Senate Republicans said on Tuesday that they expect to be in session next week as negotiations on a fifth coronavirus bill appear to be at an "impasse." The tentative plan, described by GOP senators leaving a closed-door lunch, means the Senate will be in Washington, D.C., for at least the first week of a previously scheduled four-week break that had been expected to start on Friday. "We have been told we would likely be back next week, unless we somehow finish this week," said Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Pelosi to require masks on House floor MORE (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership. Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (R-Texas), an adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House on Wednesday made the rare move of passing an order to suspend the Legislature's own rules and extend the legislative session scheduled to end Friday through January. The move was made as several major bills are still being debated, including police accountability legislation, and a transportation bond bill. “No one can predict what might happen over the next five weeks, much less the next five months,” Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic. “While we are cautiously optimistic that we will maintain the gains we have made here in the Commonwealth since the spring, we must remain prepared to address critical issues related to the health, safety and economic well-being of the Commonwealth when and if they arise over the next five months.” The order needs the approval of both chambers, and Senate President Karen Spilka expressed support. “The Senate is pleased that the House has agreed with us to extend the session to complete vital legislation and stand ready to act as required by the COVID-19 crisis,” the Democrat...
    Next August 7 will be the last day of the Congress session before taking his break There are many citizens waiting for this important financial support to be approved. Photo: JOSEPH EID / . / . Currently, the approval of a second stimulus check is being discussed in the Senate, and the last day of the session will be August 7, which means lawmakers must agree on a bill before this day, since after this, senators will return to their home states until the session resumes on September 8, according to CNet. It is not yet known how long it will take from the time the law is enacted to the time the IRS sends the checks, but we do know that there is an important factor that could delay your delivery. This factor would be that the president Donald Trump and Congress could not agree on the content of the next stimulus bill for next August 7. If this happens, it will take another month before the senators meet again to debate and pass the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Monday marks the start of another special session. Last month’s nine-day special session was a flop, with no major legislation was adopted. That leaves everything on the table including the divisive issue of police reform, tax bill, bonding bill and more. Complicating everything is that these separate issues have in these tense times become linked in a house of cards. One card is pulled, and everything falls apart. The death of George Floyd has dramatically heightened the tensions and passions in an already hyper-charged partisan environment. Assistant Senate Minority Leader Jeff Hayden — who represents the district where George Floyd died, and is a member of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus — was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning. “The first thing I would hope that we would have is a comprehensive law enforcement bill. Something that is transformational, something that will structurally change it,” Hayden said.  “This issue started when Officer Derek Chauvin choked out and put his knee on George Floyd’s throat for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. We must deal with that.”...
    The United States Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to review a case surrounding the constitutional right of free speech for students attending American colleges and universities. Education Week reported on the court’s decision: The grant in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski (Case No. 19-968) came on the last day of the court’s term and the case will be argued sometime in the term that starts next October. The case stems from a challenge to a public college’s policy limiting free expression to designated “free speech zones.” Student Chike Uzuegbunam sought to share his Christian faith at Georgia Gwinnett College when officials told him he had to get a permit and reserve time for the college’s speech zone, which was one small patio and sidewalk. When Uzuegbunam did reserve the area, a student complained about his speech and campus police cited him for disorderly conduct, court papers say. He and a second student who alleged his speech was chilled by the college’s policy sued under the First Amendment. The suit sought an end to the policy and nominal damages. While the case was pending, the...
    Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The first special session this summer came soon after the death of George Floyd, and lawmakers wrestled over proposals for major changes in policing. Democrats and Republicans couldn’t come together on the issue. They also didn’t approve a package of state-financed construction projects. Both items are likely to be back on the table next week. “Obviously we cannot walk away without doing some police reforms in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder,” Walz said at an event Tuesday focused on child care assistance grants. “And we also have bonding that is part of the economy that is really important and some supplemental issues that need to be addressed.” Walz said he spoke extensively with legislative leaders on Monday in an effort to sort through some areas of contention early, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. “I am optimistic,” Walz...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The first special session this summer came soon after the death of George Floyd, and lawmakers wrestled over proposals for major changes in policing. Democrats and Republicans couldn’t come together on the issue. They also didn’t approve a package of state-financed construction projects. Both items are likely to be back on the table next week. “Obviously we cannot walk away without doing some police reforms in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder,” Walz said at an event Tuesday focused on child care assistance grants. “And we also have bonding that is part of the economy that is really important and some supplemental issues that need to be addressed.” Walz said he spoke extensively with legislative leaders on Monday in an effort to sort through some areas of contention early, Minnesota Public Radio...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The first special session this summer came soon after the death of George Floyd, and lawmakers wrestled over proposals for major changes in policing. Democrats and Republicans couldn't come together on the issue. They also didn't approve a package of state-financed construction projects. Both items are likely to be back on the table next week. “Obviously we cannot walk away without doing some police reforms in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder,” Walz said at an event Tuesday focused on child care assistance grants. “And we also have bonding that is part of the economy that is really important and some supplemental issues that need to be addressed.” Walz said he spoke extensively with legislative leaders on Monday in an effort to sort through some areas of contention early, Minnesota Public Radio...
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