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An outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama wants a federal appeals court to revive a Louisiana pastor's damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions. A federal judge has twice dismissed Tony Spell's lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards and others over enforcement of the ban. Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court justice and Senate candidate, insisted in arguments this week that the state had no authority whatsoever to restrict church gatherings. Appeals court judges appeared skeptical of that claim in arguments this week. But they raised the question of whether Spell's church was unfairly restricted when compared with other public gathering places.

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FILE - Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church of Central City, La., prays with supporters outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on June 7, 2021. An outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to revive the Louisiana pastor’s damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions. A federal judge had earlier this year dismissed minister Spell’s lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards and others over enforcement of the ban. Spell drew national attendance for his flouting of the restrictions early in the pandemic at his church in Central, near Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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FILE - Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announces, in Montgomery, Ala., his run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, June 20, 2019. The outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to revive a Louisiana pastor’s damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions. A federal judge had earlier this year dismissed minister Tony Spell’s lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards and others over enforcement of the ban. Spell drew national attendance for his flouting of the restrictions early in the pandemic at his church in Central, near Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett, File)

A state board has rejected claims for $1 million payments for 52 prison inmates who were given six times the proper dose of COVID-19 vaccines last year. The three-member State Appeals Board on Monday unanimously denied the claims from inmates who received the extra doses in April 2021. The 52 inmates who each sought a $1 million payment were among 77 prisoners at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison who had been given overdoses of the Pfizer vaccine by prison nursing staff. The mistaken doses occurred after the vaccine was delivered in concentrate form that was supposed to be diluted with saline solution.

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FILE - A sign stands outside the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa, on July 1, 2017. A state board on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, rejected claims for $1 million payments for 52 prison inmates at the penitentiary who were given six times the proper dose of COVID-19 vaccines last year. (John Lovretta//The Hawk Eye via AP, File)

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States are spending billions of dollars of federal pandemic relief funds on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and public buildings. The American Rescue Plan law signed by President Joe Biden last year provided $350 billion to states and local governments to respond to the coronavirus and shore up their economies. An Associated Press review of reports submitted by states shows they are spending more on infrastructure projects than on public health purposes. States are taking advantage of U.S. Treasury Department rules that grant broad flexibility to spend money on almost any government services as an offset to reduced revenue growth.

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Sonia Brubaker, Miami Dade County Resiliency Officer, stands on a seawall, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Miami. States are spending billions of dollars of federal pandemic relief funds on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and public buildings. The American Rescue Plan law signed by President Joe Biden last year provided $350 billion to states and local governments to respond to the coronavirus and shore up their economies. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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Sonia Brubaker, Miami Dade County Resiliency Officer, stands on a seawall, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Miami. States are spending billions of dollars of federal pandemic relief funds on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and public buildings. The American Rescue Plan law signed by President Joe Biden last year provided $350 billion to states and local governments to respond to the coronavirus and shore up their economies. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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A jogger runs along a sea wall, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Miami. States are spending billions of dollars of federal pandemic relief funds on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and public buildings. The American Rescue Plan law signed by President Joe Biden last year provided $350 billion to states and local governments to respond to the coronavirus and shore up their economies. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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This photo from Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, shows the Robert B. Docking State Office building in Topeka, Kansas, named for a Kansas governor. Despite its prime location near the Kansas Statehouse, it's largely vacant and in need of renovations, and the state now plans to spend $60 million in pandemic relief funds to tear it down and build a smaller events center on the site. (AP Photo/John Hanna)