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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces special session for redistricting, appropriating COVID relief funds will be next week

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham officially announced on Wednesday that she will call the state Legislature into a special session next week to approve new legislative, congressional and Public Education Commission districts. In addition to redistricting, lawmakers will also be called to appropriate federal COVID-19 relief funds. In a statement on Wednesday, Lujan Grisham […]

Sheriff’s deputies to remain in Shelby County Schools after board approves controversial contract

After months of tense community debate, the Memphis school board voted to keep sheriff’s deputies in schools and renewed its agreement with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The board unanimously passed the memorandum of understanding with the Sheriff’s Office at a Tuesday evening meeting, but not before adding an amendment to address community concerns and […]

Texas regulators pass rule aimed at preventing natural gas producers from having power cut off during future winter storms

Dozens of natural gas companies failed to fill out paperwork that would have kept their electricity from getting cut off during February’s deadly winter storm. On Tuesday, Texas regulators tried to ensure that won’t happen again. The Texas Railroad Commission, the three-member board that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, approved a new rule […]

Minnesota GOP ask for special session for hero pay, drought relief

Whether it’s COVID-19 frontline worker hero pay, drought-ridden farmers, or nursing homes struggling to stay open because of staffing shortages, Minnesotans are waiting for lawmakers to act. But the next scheduled session isn’t until January 2022, and Gov. Tim Walz hasn’t yet called a special session. Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, sent Walz a letter pitching […]

Tennessee spent about $245K for October’s special sessions

The Tennessee Legislature’s two special sessions last month cost taxpayers nearly $245,000. The Ford special session called by Gov. Bill Lee to pass $884 million in incentives for the car company cost more than $108,000 for the Legislature to be in session for three days, and the COVID-19 rules special session cost more than $136,000 for three days, according […]

Queens Teacher Allowed Back to School After Report Details Alleged Grooming, Sex With Ex-Student

A longtime teacher at a top Queens school still worked on campus even after investigators recommended he be fired for an alleged sexual relationship with a former student, a report obtained by THE CITY shows. The Special Commissioner of Investigation, an independent monitor of city schools, contended Townsend Harris High School English teacher Joseph Canzoneri […]

Becerra Says Surprise Billing Rules Force Doctors Who Overcharge to Accept Fair Prices

Overpriced doctors and other medical providers who can’t charge a reasonable rate for their services could be put out of business when new rules against surprise medical bills take effect in January, and that’s a good thing, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told KHN, in defending the regulations. The proposed rules represent the […]

Tennessee board reviews $3.1B in ARPA spending, previews $6.2B in infrastructure

The Tennessee Financial Stimulus Accountability Group came a step closer Monday to finalizing more than $3.1 billion in federal stimulus spending while getting a preview of an estimated $6.2 billion in infrastructure funding related to the Infrastructure Investment and Job Funds Act. The group will have one more review with additional information on its Tennessee Resiliency Plan spending at […]

A swelling Texas treasury gives 2022 hopefuls room for big ideas

According to the state comptroller, Texas is heading into an election year with projections that more than $24 billion will be left over at the end of the current budget, in spite of a pandemic that began with fears that the economy might be hit as hard as public health. That projected pile of cash […]

At funding trial, educators say they’re doing their best with less

When he took the stand under cross examination Tuesday, Panther Valley Superintendent David McAndrew had to explain how his rural, underfunded district managed to repave its headquarters parking lot. He was under cross-examination at the start of a long-awaited and potentially historic trial in which plaintiffs say thousands of Pennsylvania students are being denied their […]