Local governments

An aerial photo of Davenport, Iowa, shows Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters, Friday, May 3, 2019. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Davenport Friday. Several blocks of downtown Davenport were flooded this week when a flood barrier succumbed to the onslaught of water. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
May 03, 2019 - 7:19 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the Mississippi River reached record levels 26 years ago, the overflowing water covered 400,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) and caused dozens of deaths. This week, though, when the river exceeded those levels in parts of the Midwest, flooding was mostly...
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FILE - In a Tuesday, April 2, 2019 file photo, acting Baltimore Mayor Jack Young talks to reporters after meeting with state senators who represent Baltimore in Annapolis, M.D. Baltimore's mayor resigned under pressure Thursday, May 2, 2019 amid a flurry of investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. Now that Pugh has resigned, acting Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young automatically becomes the permanent mayor and will not need to be sworn in. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
May 03, 2019 - 4:42 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's new mayor has vowed to clean up the city after being thrust into office by his predecessor's resignation amid corruption investigations, but he inherits serious, longstanding problems that have plagued previous administrations. Bernard "Jack" Young, a longtime leader of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis is paying $20 million to settle a lawsuit over former police officer Mohamed Noor's fatal shooting of the unarmed Damond who approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime. Mayor Jacob Frey announced the settlement Friday, May 3, 2019, three days after a jury convicted Noor of murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Damond. Frey called the settlement "a way for our city to move forward." (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
May 03, 2019 - 3:35 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman fatally shot by a police officer when she approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday. Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council members detailed the...
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Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through flood water at the intersection of Pershing Ave and E 2nd St. Thursday, May 2, 2019. Lincoln's employer Hahn Ready Mix allowed him to take time off from work to volunteer ferrying people back and forth to their apartments and businesses affected by the flooding in downtown Davenport. The Mississippi River is expected to reach a record level of 22.7 feet Thursday night. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
May 03, 2019 - 2:03 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least three lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to and near record levels in some communities. The National Weather Service issued...
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Supporters of Panamanian presidential candidate Romulo Roux, holding Democratic Change party banners, attend his closing campaign rally in Panama City, Thursday, May 2, 2019. In what has been perhaps the shortest and least colorful campaign since Panama's transition to democracy three decades ago, most election talk has focused on governmental corruption. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
May 03, 2019 - 11:48 am
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Anger over brazen corruption and weariness over the political status quo are widespread among the Panamanian electorate ahead of Sunday's vote to pick a successor to President Juan Carlos Varela, on whose watch Latin America's fastest growing economy cooled off significantly. In...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues in Las Vegas. Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse. It’s an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 03, 2019 - 7:36 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. Baltimore's mayor resigned under pressure Thursday. May 2, 2019 amid a flurry of investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 02, 2019 - 4:44 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor resigned under pressure Thursday amid a flurry of investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation came exactly a week after her...
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TV crews report form outside the house of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in Baltimore, MD., Thursday, April 25, 2019. Agents with the FBI and IRS are gathering evidence inside the two homes of Pugh and also in City Hall. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
May 01, 2019 - 5:04 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Viewers of Baltimore newscasts are getting used to seeing images of embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh's lawyer pulling up to her three-story house and vanishing inside. When he emerges, he routinely insists that her health remains too fragile for her to think clearly enough to make...
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May 01, 2019 - 11:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New York has become the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city has fully implemented a law passed by the City Council last August to eliminate fees for inmate phone calls. The Democratic mayor says the...
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FILE - In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff speaks at a luncheon in San Francisco. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are donating $30 million to UCSF to research the causes and potential solutions for homelessness. The five-year initiative housed at the University of California, San Francisco will conduct academic research into homelessness and train future researchers in the field. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
May 01, 2019 - 11:58 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco billionaire is donating $30 million to the University of California, San Francisco, to research root causes of homelessness and potential solutions. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a city native, has embraced homelessness as a philanthropic cause, pumping millions...
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