Government programs

CORRECTS DATELINE TO ERIE, PA., NOT ERNIE, PA. - In this March 25, 2020, photo provided by Yvonne Knight, Knight uses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to pay for groceries in Erie, Pa. But Knight can't use her SNAP benefits, which millions of Americans rely on, to shop for groceries online, as only a few states allow it and Pennsylvania is not one of them. (Yvonne Knight via AP)
April 05, 2020 - 9:33 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Yvonne Knight, who has respiratory problems that make her especially vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic, can't buy groceries online with her food stamps — even though each trip to the store is now a risky endeavor. Going out to buy food terrifies the 38-year-old woman with...
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City, Sunday, April 5, 2020. López Obrador spoke to the nation about his economic recovery plan. The President, however, has labeled the situation a "transitory crisis" and says things will be good again soon. Mexico's government has broadened its shutdown of "non essential activities," and prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people as a way to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo / Eduardo Verdugo)
April 05, 2020 - 5:12 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday there will be no huge economic stimulus program as the country faces the threat of coronavirus-induced crisis almost certainly unlike any it has seen in the past century. Instead, the administration will expand social...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 03, 2020 - 8:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus. Joe Biden, the prospective Democratic nominee, is...
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A worker at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., looks through a storage container filled with wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Federal authorities on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, proposed a fine of more than $600,000 for the Seattle-area nursing home connected to at least 40 deaths from the new coronavirus. State regulators and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted an inspection of the facility on March 16, 2020, and found serious infractions that they said placed residents in immediate danger, but a follow-up inspection found that Life Care had at least partially fixed the most serious problems, and Wednesday's announcement said the fine could be adjusted up or down based on how Life Care continues to correct the remaining problems. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 02, 2020 - 3:04 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities have proposed a $611,000 fine for a Seattle-area nursing home connected to at least 40 coronavirus deaths. State regulators and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted an inspection of the Life Care Center of Kirkland on March 16, finding serious...
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In this image from video provided by the Biden for President campaign, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual press briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Biden for President via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Thursday that he wants to speak with President Donald Trump in the hope that the president can “learn some lessons” from the Obama administration on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. “We’ve been through this in a slightly different way in the past, and I...
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Clade Karim takes a take out order over the phone for Falafel House in downtown Grandin on Monday night, March 30, 2020. Karim is friends with the owner and is a self proclaimed volunteer helper for the restaurant. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Associated Press
March 31, 2020 - 2:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses seeking loans through the government's $2 trillion coronavirus relief package could receive money as soon as Friday. That prediction came Tuesday from senior administration officials who spoke to reporters about the details of the loan program. Companies will be...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns. The coronavirus pandemic has already hurt many households financially.  Americans have been hit with layoffs, furloughs and reduced hours across the country. Those who have not are still facing massive economic uncertainty. Experts say it's more important than ever to manage your budget, reach out to lenders and seek protections available to those hit by the economic impact of the virus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
March 31, 2020 - 12:22 pm
The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due. The good news is there is help available. Reach out immediately to your mortgage lender, student loan servicer or utility provider to see what's available. Other assistance, such as stimulus...
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FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 file photo Blackfeet Nation chairman Willie Sharp talks during his State of the Tribal Nations Address at the Montana capitol in Helena, Mont. Sharp was sentenced Monday, March 30, 2020, to 10 months in prison for a scheme that stole money from a tribal early education program. (Eliza Wiley/Independent Record via AP)
March 30, 2020 - 2:25 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet Nation chairman who defrauded a tribal Head Start early education program through an overtime pay scheme was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison and his plea to be spared prison time because of the coronavirus was denied. Willie Sharp's attorney had...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020, file photo, pedestrian traffic is light along Wall Street in Lower Manhattan in New York. The banking system is not as risk of failing as banks have plenty of capital on hand to handle this crisis due to the new coronavirus, economists say. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
March 24, 2020 - 11:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tarred as villains during the 2008 financial meltdown, banks of all sizes are trying to help out Americans reeling from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Banks are scrambling to put into place loan forgiveness and relief programs, working to keep their...
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In this March 19, 2020 photo, a shopper looks for toilet paper at a Stop & Shop supermarket during hours open daily only for seniors in North Providence, R.I. Federal law enforcement is warning that scam artists are preying on older people's fears by peddling fake tests for the coronavirus to Medicare recipients. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 23, 2020 - 4:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scam artists are preying on older people's fears by peddling fake tests for the coronavirus to Medicare recipients, a federal law enforcement agency warned on Monday. And moving separately on another law enforcement priority, President Donald Trump signed an order directing a...
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