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    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that won final approval Wednesday and will be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The “cocktails-to-go” legislation is part of a package that includes a temporary cut in state liquor prices to help businesses...
    North Carolinians will be required to wear face coverings in public and the state will pause its reopening plans amid a surge in new coronavirus cases, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday, calling the recent virus numbers "a stark warning." North Carolina is the first state in the south to issue a mask mandate, joining just a handful of states...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe alleges in a lawsuit that the federal government has been trying to coerce and threaten the tribe ever since South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked for help stopping its COVID-19 checkpoints on state and federal highways. The tribe filed the lawsuit Tuesday alleging that since Noem’s White House plea, the...
    A search and rescue mission has been launched after 15 people disappeared following Tuesday morning's powerful earthquake that shook the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. A team of 60 members of the army and national guard were deployed Wednesday to the city of San Juan Ozolotepec to search for the missing residents, according to General Arturo Cordero of the Eighth...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) – California voters will decide in November whether governments and public colleges and universities can consider race in their hiring, contracting and admissions decisions. The state has banned affirmative action policies since 1996, when 55% of voters approved a constitutional amendment that banned “preferential treatment” based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. The state Senate voted...
    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments whether the state’s ban on large-capacity magazines is unconstitutional. Max Misch faces misdemeanor charges for two 30-round rifle magazines police found in his home last year and is the first person charged with violating the ban on large-capacity magazines, the Bennington Banner reported. The state supreme court heard arguments on...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether governments and public colleges and universities can consider race in their hiring, contracting and admissions decisions. The state has banned affirmative action policies since 1996, when 55% of voters approved a constitutional amendment that banned “preferential treatment” based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. The state Senate...
    Mid-Hudson enters Phase 3; region continues slow opening ■ State health officials said that, as of Wednesday (June 24), 1,306 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Putnam County; 4,158 in Dutchess; 34,597 in Westchester; 13,534 in Rockland; 1,760 in Ulster; and 10,669 in Orange. Statewide, there were 389,666 positives, including 213,348 in New York City. ■ Statewide, 24,782...
    The Senate has approved the nomination of a Mississippi judge to a federal appeals court, the 200th federal judge named by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-controlled chamber. It is the highest number of judicial nominees confirmed at this stage of a presidency in four decades. Cory Wilson was elevated to a seat on the New Orleans-based 5th...
    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State athletics announced a new diversity council Wednesday amid the fallout from football coach Mike Gundy’s decision to wear a T-shirt promoting a far-right news network. The school said Jason Kirksey, the university’s chief diversity officer, will chair the new program. The council will include students, athletes and alumni. It will be housed in the...
    By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press North Carolina’s governor announced Wednesday that people across the state must wear masks or other face coverings in public to fight the spread of COVID-19, and he extended other restrictions by three more weeks to fight a surge in coronavirus cases. Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order that people must wear face coverings in...
    By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bills to give police departments information about an applicant’s disciplinary past and to train officers in how to interact with people of different racial and ethic backgrounds were approved unanimously on Wednesday by the state House. The House voted after an emotional debate to require thorough background checks...
    As the number of novel coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. and around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has reached 25,763 with 757 deaths in the state.The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Tony Evers' administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor's stay-at-home order until May 26. Republican legislators asked the conservative-controlled...
    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered the last three words of her state’s official name, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, purged from state documents and websites. The Democrat governor announced an executive order to delete “and Providence Plantations” on Monday because of the “image” the word “plantations” evokes concerning slavery. The order is part of a...
    Dharna Noor6 minutes ago•Filed to:Green New Deal BitchGreen New Deal BitchGreen New DealElectionsJamaal Bowmancharles bookerAOCSaveRepresentative elect Jamaal Bowman, who won his election over Rep. Eliot EngelPhoto: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Tuesday’s primaries have reshaped the Green New Deal landscape. Much of the focus has been on the top tier Congressional races featuring big names like AOC cruising to victory and major...
    By CEDAR ATTANASIO, Associated Press/Report for America SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday for the governor of New Mexico to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. The comments from Navajo Nation...
    Several federal and local Arizona officials praised President Donald Trump’s border wall for reducing undocumented immigrant crossings during his Tuesday visit. “You’re the only president in my 23-year career that has actually come down to the border multiple times to look at — assess what actually needs to be done,” president of the National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd said...
    REUTERS/Lucas JacksonRiding the second wave. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “While growth in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths has eased in Minnesota, state health economist Stefan Gildemeister said Tuesday that modeling on the downside of the initial pandemic wave can help prepare the state long-term. Updated COVID-19 forecasts by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health...
    What you should know New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will require quarantine for travelers from States that reach a specific infection level. The order currently applies to nine states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas. The 14-day quarantine order reflects similar orders that other states imposed on New Yorkers early in the...
    (CNN)On Tuesday, more than 5,000 Texans tested positive for Covid-19, the highest number since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (It broke the record set Monday, when 4,760 people in the state tested positive.) The state has reported 12 consecutive days of record-high hospitalizations, according to The Texas Tribune. And on Wednesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said 97% of the...
    Miami — This Wednesday, the State Department presented its annual report on terrorism, in which they indicate that the latest terrorist incidents in Venezuela in 2019 reflected the growing presence and territorial control of the National Liberation Army. The report states that confrontations between the ELN, other Colombian and Venezuelan illegal armed groups, and Venezuelan government forces increased. The...
    Wisconsin protesters toppled statues, vandalized buildings and are accused of assaulting a Democratic state senator on video at the State Capitol Tuesday night after daylong protests turned violent. Both Gov. Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway condemned the violence and destruction Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the protest group issued a list of demands. PROTESTERS ATTACK STATE SENATOR IN CHAOTIC NIGHT...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California schools will be taking a closer look at the impact of law enforcement on campuses. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond is set to announce the effort in a virtual press conference Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.The San Francisco School Board voted Tuesday night to sever its relationship with the police department, Mission Local reported. There are similar proposals...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California schools will be taking a closer look at the impact of law enforcement on campuses. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond is set to announce the effort in a virtual press conference Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.The San Francisco School Board voted Tuesday night to sever its relationship with the police department, Mission Local reported. There are similar proposals...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that won final approval Wednesday and is expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The “cocktails-to-go” bill is part of a broader package that also includes a temporary cut in state liquor prices to help businesses hurting...
    Author and true-crime buff Michelle McNamara devoted the final years of her life trying to track down the shadowy predator she dubbed the “Golden State Killer” — a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s. It was an obsession that dug its hooks into her and just wouldn’t let go. “I had a murder...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced Wednesday a joint Tri-State COVID-19 quarantine agreement.NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said people coming in from states that have a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days."We have a calibration for the infection rate, and any state that goes over that infection rate, that state will be subject to...
    By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has upended the way cities and states market themselves as summer travel destinations, and some tourism officials are just emerging from an especially awkward position: telling potential visitors to stay away. The pandemic's effects can be seen on promotional websites that acknowledge the new risks of travel. An Illinois...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state official has apologized after a family was sent masks featuring a gun, the American flag and the phrase “don’t tread on me” as part of a program offering free face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. Ben Hart, the deputy director of the governor’s office of economic development, said it was a mistake and...
    Officials from the DOJ and some state attorneys general are reportedly set to meet on Friday to discuss an antitrust probe of  Google. Reuters reports that U.S. Justice Department officials and some state attorneys general have set a meeting for Friday to discuss an antitrust probe of Google. The federal government and nearly all state attorneys general have now opened...
    Black faculty members at Florida State University published a list of demands for university officials this week. The faculty demanded that officials establish a new executive position that will solely focus on combating racism on campus. According to the faculty, the VP of anti-racism would lead a “paid Anti-Racism Task force composed of students, staff, faculty, administrators and individuals from...
    Alexeen Simms, a server at the Hungry Tarpon Restaurant in Islamorada, Fla., provides a luncheon entree to a couple Monday. June 1. 2020.Andy Newman | Florida Keys News Bureau | Handout via Reuters The Florida Department of Health reported another record spike in coronavirus cases as the state continues to grapple with an expanding outbreak. The state reported 5,508 new...
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    Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images The state of Rhode Island considering changing its official name to “Rhode Island.” No, that’s not a typo — the state’s full official name is “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” and that last part of the name has been criticized for invoking connotations of slavery. As the map below shows, the majority of Rhode...
    The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in Hawaii federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by residents of Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii challenging a measure by Governor David Ige in response to COVID 19 that mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for individuals entering Hawaii. The Statement of Interest is part of Attorney General William P....
    Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis noted Monday that if 100 million Americans took advantage of the proposal, it would cost the federal government $400 billion. The legislation contains no offsets, meaning the total cost would be added to the deficit. The bill, called the American TRIP Act, includes provisions for wealthy families visiting a vacation home. The benefit would apply to...
    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The governor of Germany's most populous state faced criticism Wednesday over his handling of a major coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse, as a partial lockdown took effect in part of the western region. North Rhine-Westphalia's state government on Tuesday announced the reimposition of many lockdown measures in Guetersloh county, home to the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck,...
    Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy reportedly doesn’t know the names of several players on his team. Gundy has been in the news nonstop ever since the Cowboys coach was pictured wearing a One America News Network shirt, which resulted in Chuba Hubbard threatening to boycott the team. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) I...
    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The governor of Germany’s most populous state faced criticism Wednesday over his handling of a major coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse, as a partial lockdown took effect in part of the western region. North Rhine-Westphalia’s state government on Tuesday announced the reimposition of many lockdown measures in Guetersloh county, home to the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck,...
    In the Pioneer Press, Josh Verges writes: “St. Paul Public Schools no longer will pay the city of St. Paul to post police officers in seven of its high schools. The school board voted 5-1 on Tuesday to stop contract negotiations with the city and develop a new safety plan. Board member Chauntyll Allen said the move was a long...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This content was created exclusively for KSAT Explains, a new, weekly streaming show that dives deep into the biggest issues facing San Antonio and South Texas. Watch past episodes here and download the KSAT-TV app to stay up on the latest. The coronavirus pandemic brought the state to a screeching halt in March, and...
    Has it really been more than three months since sports were shuttered? It certainly feels far longer than that—like a hazy, half-remembered dream or remnant of a forgotten era. I shudder to think that athletes and fans like me might be asked to wait even longer, with no clear timeframe when the games will return. It seems impossibly cruel. Of...
    The Mississippi flag with the Confederate emblem drew opposition from two major forces Tuesday in this culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart. The chain of stores indicated that it will stop displaying the flag while the state debates whether to change the design or not. The Mississippi Baptist Convention stated that lawmakers have a moral obligation to remove the...
    By JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public schools and colleges will open this fall despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with help from the the state to provide 2.5 million face coverings to K-12 students to help prevent transmission of the virus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday. Pritzker was joined by a group of education administrators in...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota still plans to waive the witness requirement for absentee ballots in the August primary, despite a federal judge’s opinion, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday. The office of Secretary of State Steve Simon said that Simon will follow a state court decision last week that approved an agreement removing the witness requirement. That...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Another New York region progressed in its path to reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, as Governor Andrew Cuomo reported a slight uptick in the daily death toll that is still low compared to the virus' peak.Meanwhile, polls are open across New York in one most unusual primary elections in state history. Officials encouraged all registered voters...
    I mean i guess it could be a result of an administration staffed by screwups. Yeah, yeah. Irony remains dead, and so forth. You've probably already heard the latest Trump administration message-botching, but if you missed it: Yes, the State Department's top spokesperson ordered that a reporter's phone line be muted for asking a question she didn't want to be...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- The continued reopening of Riverside County businesses could soon be jeopardized because of the region's failure to meet certain COVID-19 statistical requirements mandated by the state.The county was placed on the state's targeted engagement list on June 17. The region must show improvement within two weeks of that date or risk action by state officials."If we're...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stark warning on Tuesday to businesses that defy the state’s coronavirus-related guidelines as confirmed cases have risen throughout recent weeks. During a news conference in Orlando, DeSantis threatened to revoke business licenses from bars and restaurants that operate in violation of social distancing guidelines. Restaurants and pubs have been able to operate at 50 percent indoor...
    As Texas reported its highest single-day rise in cases of novel coronavirus, Governor Greg Abbott urged Texas residents to stay home and stay safe, KBXTV reported on Tuesday. The governor announced that Texas reported more than 5,000 new cases of novel coronavirus on Tuesday. Abbott said that the government was diligently responding to the spike in cases, but also stressed...