Government programs

In this April 9, 2019, photo, Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis and news director Cory Myers in the newsroom in Sioux Falls, S.D. In 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They thought the information about the $65-billion dollar-a year program, previously known as food stamps, could lead to a series of stories and help them identify possible fraud. But the government didn’t provide everything the paper wanted. Trying to get the data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed the case at the Supreme Court. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
April 20, 2019 - 8:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The Democratic governor is urging the Republican-controlled Legislature to remain cautious in the wake of a new, slightly more optimistic forecast for state tax collections. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
April 19, 2019 - 5:12 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former President Barack Obama's signature health care law...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Walmart associate Alicia Carter fulfills online grocery orders at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Amazon and Walmart on Thursday, April 18, 2019, are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 18, 2019 - 7:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time. ShopRite will join the two retailers on the program early next week,...
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In this April 11, 2019 photo, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, listens to debate on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Jinkins is the sponsor of a measure that has Washington poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, pending a final vote in the House. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 18, 2019 - 12:43 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for...
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is greeted by audience members before a Fox News town-hall style event, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 17, 2019 - 11:49 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The question of whether Bernie Sanders is electable is at the forefront of his second presidential campaign. On a swing through the Midwest, he made the case that his proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy, provide "Medicare for All" and make public college tuition free aren't...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2018 file photo, United Healthcare correspondence is seen in North Andover, Mass. UnitedHealth Group is reporting strong first-quarter driven by its main insurance business, as well as its pharmacy benefits division. The Minnetonka, Minn., company on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 reported net income of $3.47 billion, or $3.56 per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were $3.73 per share, topping Wall Street estimates by 13 cents, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
April 16, 2019 - 12:27 pm
UnitedHealth Group beat first-quarter expectations and hiked its 2019 forecast, but shares of the nation's largest health insurer continued their slump as investors worry about growing Congressional scrutiny of how the company and its competitors do business. Shares of health insurers and pharmacy...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2017, file photo, a cashier rings up a marijuana sale at the Essence cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. Complaints that the state releases no information about who applies for and receives dispensary licenses in Nevada's booming retail marijuana business are spurring lawsuits and legislative proposals that appear poised to push the process public. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 14, 2019 - 4:03 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada faces complaints about secrecy in awarding licenses to sell marijuana in the state's booming legal marketplace, boiling over into lawsuits and legislation that appear poised to pry open the process. Several companies have sued the state tax department, arguing that no one...
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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left, reacts as she tries her hand at a traditional weaving loom at Muya, a manufacturing center of textile and traditional crafts, with Muya founder Sara Abera, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Trump is visiting Ethiopia and later this week the Ivory Coast to promote a White House global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 14, 2019 - 3:04 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Far from the din of Washington, Ivanka Trump toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia on Sunday while promoting a White House global economic program for women. President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers construction and maintenance conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 14, 2019 - 1:58 pm
BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement. He's betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to return to the style and substance of that era — and that...
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In this April 8, 2019 photo, Naia Al-Anbar stands on a street in the Glendale section of Los Angeles. Anbar, who generally supports the idea of a new category, on the 2020 census said. "The truth is we aren't ever going to be white in their eyes and we will still be discriminated against." Al-Anbar, who has a Saudi Arabian father, would mark "other" on the census if a more precise category isn't offered. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
April 13, 2019 - 1:13 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he'll give about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong. He's an Arab American, but the only race options on the census are white, black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Pacific...
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