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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Public pressure to see the body camera footage of North Carolina sheriff's deputies fatally shooting a

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Republican lawmakers spent much of the last four years rebranding as a working-class party, following then-President Donald Trump’s lead on things like immigration and tariffs and setting aside their push to cut spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

But Trump’s campaign pledge to “save” safety-net programs has left conservatives with an identity crisis. With their party now in the minority, key GOP leaders want to bring back the push for entitlement changes that was a top priority under former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), but a younger generation of lawmakers is keen to follow through on Trump’s lead and to all but ignore budget deficits.

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LUMBERTON — Robeson County government’s allocation of more than $4 million toward Robeson Community College’s 2021-22 budget was approved Monday by the school’s board of trustees.

The county allotted $4,717,500, said Tami George, RCC vice president and chief financial officer. This cycle’s allotment surpassed last year’s allotment, which was was nearly $700,000 less, and the year before that, which was more than $2 million less.

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NY details rules for graduations, rolls out vaccine push for students.

Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation ceremonies will be permitted with different capacity limits and requirements for guests depending on the number of people in attendance.

See the new guidance here.

Cuomo said the state wanted to give graduating students and their families a chance to celebrate graduation milestones after a year in which many had gone virtual.

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RCC trustees OK $4,717,500 county allotment to school’s 2021-22 budget

LUMBERTON — Robeson County government’s allocation of more than $4 million toward Robeson Community College’s 2021-22 budget was approved Monday by the school’s board of trustees.

The county allotted $4,717,500, said Tami George, RCC vice president and chief financial officer. This cycle’s allotment surpassed last year’s allotment, which was was nearly $700,000 less, and the year before that, which was more than $2 million less.

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    • State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28)
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Despite some early hopes that isolation might protect rural areas of America from the worst of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infiltrated small communities in every corner of the country. And many of those places don’t have enough care providers even in more normal times.

Forty-six million people live in rural America.

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By ADAM CANCRYN  

Editor’s Note: POLITICO Pulse is a free version of POLITICO Pro Health Care's morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day’s biggest stories. Act on the news with POLITICO Pro.

With Rachel Roubein, Alice Miranda Ollstein and Susannah Luthi

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By ADAM CANCRYN and SARAH OWERMOHLE  

With Susannah Luthi and Carmen Paun

Editor’s Note: POLITICO Pulse is a free version of POLITICO Pro Health Care's morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day’s biggest stories. Act on the news with POLITICO Pro.

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 Our nation recently marked one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. President Biden marked the anniversary by announcing an accelerated pace for getting the nation vaccinated with a goal of making every adult in the U.S. eligible for vaccination no later than May 1.

As part of the national strategy, the administration is planning to help community health centers reach at-risk and underserved communities, including low-income and minority patients, as well as rural and tribal communities.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), signed into law on March 11, 2021, includes a whole host of requirements and provisions impacting private employers, their employees, and the benefit plans they offer.

Here is a rundown of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)-related changes impacting employers.

A significant mandate of ARPA impacting employers and their group health plans is the requirement to offer 100% subsidized COBRA continuation coverage to eligible plan participants (defined as "assistance eligible individuals" or "AEIs") between April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.

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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion package to provide relief related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The final legislation, which passed with support from only Democrats and received no Republican votes in either the House of Representatives or the Senate, includes a number of health care related provisions. Key health provisions include direct funding for health care providers and certain nonprofit organizations; funding for federal agencies and state, local, and territorial governments and tribal organizations that could be issued to providers; and changes and

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides $1.9 trillion in relief funding to address the COVID-19 pandemic, support the US economy, and provide relief for impacted Americans. Signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden on March 11, 2021, ARPA includes provisions affecting healthcare providers, who remain on the frontlines of the pandemic as the new law takes effect.

The $1.9 trillion package reinforces the nation’s healthcare safety net with funding for rural health providers, community health centers, and skilled nursing facilities. It also makes modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, boosts funding for behavioral health needs and resources, and expands access to individual health insurance coverage.

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When George Gascón was a young boy in Cuba growing up under Fidel Castro’s regime, he witnessed a litany of injustices that influenced his view of authority. On one occasion, he recalled, the police swept into his neighborhood unannounced and arrested a man who lived across the street. “I remember this man being taken out in handcuffs, and he never came back,” Gascón recounted in a recent interview with Jewish Insider. “We learned several months later that he was executed.”

“I grew up in a system where the police were everywhere,” Gascón added, an experience that imbued in him a strong and early sense of skepticism toward law enforcement. He carried that distrust with him into his teenage years after his family fled to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. “I did not have a lot of respect for police,” he said bluntly. The feeling was mutual. “I bought a lowrider, and that was probably the biggest mistake of my life,” Gascón told JI, referring to a type of car with a lowered body. “I had weeks that I would get stopped three or four times.”

Still, those who are familiar with Gascón’s trajectory know that he long ago overcame his aversion to law enforcement by joining its ranks. The former Los Angeles cop worked his way through the system to become police chief in Mesa, Ariz., and then San Francisco, where he most recently served as district attorney, earning plaudits for his innovative prosecutorial reforms. Now that he is running for Los Angeles County district attorney, Gascón, 66, is hoping he can bring what he regards as sorely needed change to a city — and a legal system — that once treated him with suspicion.

“I believe that L.A. is this incredible place that is so vibrant in almost every walk of life,” Gascón told JI. “Except for public safety.”

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Colorado senators work as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2020 session in the State Capitol, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The need for studious, thoughtful and persistent representatives in the legislature hasn’t been this keen for generations.

And your vote for who will guide Colorado through the pandemic crisis, and back out, matters greatly.

Colorado lawmakers must decide not only how to keep public education, roads and public safety intact, but legislators must also look beyond the day when our lives are guided by where and when to wear a mask.

Next year, besides the priority of salvaging businesses, schools, roads and other dire services, lawmakers must push toward addressing serious issues surrounding incarceration, policing, health care, global warming and transportation. This next general assembly, more than ever, must be ready on Day One.

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Earlier today, “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin made an appearance in a video posted on the University’s social media, in which she urged students to refrain from large gatherings and observe public health protocols.

In an email to The Daily Princetonian, Baskin said the University paid a fee for her cameo, “whatever [the standard fee] was at the time.” Though she said she does not recall the exact fee, she speculated it was “probably” $299.00, a figure that corresponds to her publicly listed Cameo fee.

The 2020 documentary series “Tiger King” catapulted Baskin, a big-cat rights activist and the CEO of Big Cat Rescue, to international fame. Some animal-rights activists, including Baskin herself, have criticized the series, however, for missing an opportunity to highlight the cruelty animals face in confinement, choosing instead to focus on a sensational feud between Baskin and zookeeper Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic.

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When the Dallas City Council votes this afternoon on the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, it will consider giving the police department an additional $8 million over what the department spent this year. The Council will also vote on nearly $30 million of infrastructure improvements, expanded mental health services, housing, and employment programs that the city manager has said were prioritized after protesters spent months marching through the streets after the killing of George Floyd.

For many activists, this budget doesn’t go far enough. They want millions taken from the police department and spread out to other services in the city to help lift up neighborhoods where jobs are lacking, streets are crumbling, and amenities don’t match what’s available in the more affluent corners of Dallas. To them, the disparity in money allocated to the police budget — which, at a proposed $509 million after cutting overtime by $7 million, is about a third of the entire general fund spend — and most other services is so significant that it requires reallocation.

Many on Council, however, believe this budget is a compromise between the conflicting priorities of activists and other constituents who they say list public safety as their top concern during a second straight year of violent crime increases.

“There will hopefully be a point in time when there isn’t as much need in the normal residents’ eyes for law enforcement, but right now that’s just not the case when you knock on the average resident’s door,” says Councilman Adam Bazaldua, who represents South Dallas and Fair Park. “I do believe this is somewhat of a middle ground.”

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Amid protests over racial injustice spurred by the killing of George Floyd by police in May, the concept of community policing is getting a new look as lawmakers, reform advocates and some law enforcement consider whether it could help promote systemic changes in policing.

In a June column for USA Today, former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden discussed his proposal for a $300 million investment in community policing initiatives aimed at “getting cops out of their cruisers and building relationships with the people and the communities they are there to serve and protect.”

That same month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for legislation that would enhance existing federal grant programs to help police agencies grow community engagement.

For about 60 years, law enforcement agencies have turned to the community policing philosophy to serve a variety of purposes, including crime reduction and changes to how police interact with the residents they serve. Despite funding from the federal government and support among many police departments, community policing has become a broad, amorphous concept that encompasses a myriad of tactics that departments use to engage civilians. The outcomes of these strategies will differ depending on a particular department’s implementation, as well as the specific needs of the residents, researchers told the PBS NewsHour.

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