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Phoenix City Council OKs $230 million arena renovation plan

Associated Press

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday night approved a $230 million renovation plan for their downtown arena that will keep the NBA's Phoenix Suns in the city until at least 2037 with an option to extend it to 2042.

Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr signs a copy of his recent book "Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation" at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton, says he wants the public to trust the checks and balances in the system established to hold presidents accountable. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz).

Ken Starr urges trust in system for probing presidents

- Associated Press

Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who spearheaded the 1990s investigation into President Bill Clinton, urged public trust in the checks and balances established for holding presidential administrations accountable, saying Wednesday that the system remains widely underappreciated.

Dingell, Upton: Give jobless benefits to federal workers

Associated Press

A Democrat and Republican in Michigan's congressional delegation are proposing legislation to let states provide unemployment benefits to federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Panel OKs bill to move Virginia away from fossil fuels

- Associated Press

On a split vote, a legislative committee has approved a bill to halt the construction of power plants that use fossil fuels and pipelines that carry such fuels after 2020 and to develop a plan for Virginia to rely totally on renewable energy for generating electricity by 2036.

Edwards outlines $300M in planned coastal project spending

Associated Press

Long-sought coastal protection projects stretching across south Louisiana will share in $300 million the state is expected to receive over the next three years from offshore oil and gas drilling income, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.

Drew Snyder, executive director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, gives an agency update to members of the House Medicaid Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi Medicaid won't seek midyear infusion of money

- Associated Press

Mississippi's Medicaid director said Wednesday that the program will not seek additional money for the final half of the state budget year. This is the first time that has happened in the past five years.