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By The Associated Press | Updated - Jul. 14, 2020 at 7:40 p.m. | Posted - Jul. 13, 2020 at 10:40 p.m.



MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has defeated Jeff Sessions to win the Republican Senate primary in Alabama. The 65-year-old Tuberville is now positioned to put up a strong challenge against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. President Donald Trump endorsed Tuberville. Sessions had held the Senate seat for 20 years until he resigned to serve as Trump’s attorney general. But he was politically wounded by Trump’s criticism after he recused himself in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The president continued his criticism of Sessions right up to the eve of Tuesday’s election, saying he “made a mistake” when he appointed Sessions attorney general.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week. McConnell suggests the measure will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. The cost of the emerging Republican package could reach $1 trillion. In recent days, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been reaching out to GOP senators ahead of negotiations with Democrats, who have already approved a $3 trillion package in the House.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least 30 Mississippi legislators and 11 other people who work in the state Capitol are known to have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, released the new numbers Tuesday. Officials said last week that 26 legislators and 10 other from the Capitol had the virus, but the numbers could increase. Dobbs said Tuesday that two people from the Capitol were hospitalized, but he did not name them. Legislators left the Capitol on July 1, after being there through most of June. Some wore masks and kept distance from others as precautions, but many did not.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill and executive order that he says will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong. Trump used a speech Tuesday in the Rose Garden to argue that Democratic rival Joe Biden's entire career had been a “gift to the Chinese Communist Party.” Trump's actions are part of his administration’s almost daily offensive against China. Trump says he's tough on Beijing and has harshly blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic, but he too is under fire for the surge in COVID-19 cases in parts of the United States.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden has released a $2 trillion plan aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry. The plan includes a proposal to stop all climate-damaging emissions from power plants. It’s the latest example of Biden’s efforts to appeal to progressives as he builds out a legislative agenda as the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. He rebuffed arguments from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies that Democratic plans to invest in clean energy would cost jobs. It's a significant acceleration of the $1.7 trillion over 10 years he proposed spending in his climate plan during the primary.

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