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                        The Chesterfield County School Board agreed to fire government and history teacher Stephen Roszell for insubordination after he declined to comply with a state-wide mask mandate for teachers. Roszell told The Virginia Star that he would have complied with a local mask mandate from his employer since Virginia...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) hinted Tuesday she may follow President Joe Biden’s lead and support a coronavirus vaccine mandate in the state. Whitmer was asked about the federal mandate for federal government employees and employers with 100 or more workers, and the Democrat incumbent did not indicate...
                        A fight at a Minnesota county school board meeting Monday led to parents being ejected from the meeting space. The topic of the discussion at the Eastern Carver County Schools meeting in Chaska was mask mandates. A video of the incident shows a few men getting physical, apparently...
    A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked South Carolina’s statewide ban on school mask mandates, arguing that the provision discriminates against students with disabilities.  Judge Mary Geiger Lewis for the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against the one-year law that had been written into the state’s budget and put...
    President Joe Biden 's administration kept its promise to back Florida school board members whose pay was docked this month for defying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's ban on mask mandates, the Department of Education announced. An initial sum of $148,000 was granted on Sept. 23 to Alachua County school board members who voted earlier this summer to mandate masks in...
    Tennessee’s attorney general is appealing the recent decisions of two federal judges related to Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates. Judges in Shelby, Knox and Williamson counties recently granted injunctions in lawsuits filed by parents of students with disabilities in each county. Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s appeals will be in the...
                      by Jon Styf  Tennessee’s attorney general is appealing the recent decisions of two federal judges related to Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates. Judges in Shelby, Knox and Williamson counties recently granted injunctions in lawsuits filed by parents of students with disabilities in each county....
    Two federal judges in separate rulings Friday said that Tennessee school districts could implement mask mandates, despite GOP Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order stating that parents could opt out of the coronavirus requirements.  In one of the decisions, U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer of the Eastern District of Tennessee granted a motion from a group of Knox County students...
                       
    Virginia's former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe was caught maskless violating federal COVID health rules during an Amtrak journey from New York to Washington, D.C., according to photos that surfaced on Tuesday. McAuliffe ran Virginia from 2014 to 2018 and is currently campaigning for a second term in the state's upcoming November election.  But the pro-mask mandate Democrat was accused of...
    Democratic Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was spotted maskless on Amtrak in violation of the train service’s mask rule and federal mask mandates, Fox News reported on Tuesday. A passenger, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity, saw McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor between 2014 and 2018, not wearing a mask during a July 29 Amtrak...
    (CNN)Des Moines Public Schools officials will reinstate the district's mask mandate Wednesday following a ruling that places the state's mandate ban on hold. US District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt issued a temporary restraining order Monday that will, for the time being, allow Iowa school districts to mandate masks in classrooms throughout the Hawkeye State.Effective Wednesday, students, staff and visitors...
    Air travelers who refuse to wear masks could be fined up to $3,000, starting Friday.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Thursday it will double fines for those who flout federal mask mandates for air travel. First-time offenders will be fined $500-$1,000, while repeat offenders will be forced to shell out $1,000-$3,000.  "If you break the rules, be prepared...
    ALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of parents in Allen ISD filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Sept. 8, against the school district, stating they want leaders to follow recommendations from U.S. government health leaders and doctors from Cook Children’s Medical Center regarding COVID-19. The school district is following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, leaving mask-wearing at school as an option,...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich slammed the Biden administration’s “radical agenda” after it threatened to take action over the Arizona ban on mask mandates in schools. Brnovich said Arizona is prepared to defend itself from any federal overreach that interferes with the state’s sovereignty, in a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The...
    Screengrab via DeSantis/TwitterFlorida is not among the subjects of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education into states that have sought to ban students from being required to wear masks in schools. The federal agency on Monday announced its Office for Civil Rights will launch a probe into five states’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and...
    Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell slammed the Department of Education Tuesday for opening civil rights investigations into five Republican-led states that have banned or limited mask requirements in schools, telling "Fox & Friends" the move is a "political stunt" by the Biden administration to impose a federal mask mandate. BIDEN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OPENS CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS INTO 5 STATES FOR...
                        U.S. Department of Education (DOE) officials announced Monday they will investigate Tennessee and four other states that allow parents the right to opt out of a public school’s COVID-19 mask mandates. In a press release, DOE officials said such policies could discriminate against students who are disabled and...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As a legal battle has played out in Tallahassee over Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to prevent school mask mandates, attorneys for the state are trying to fend off a separate lawsuit alleging violations of federal laws designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities are asking a federal judge in South...
    Screengreab via DeSantis/TwitterAs a legal battle has played out in Tallahassee over Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to prevent school mask mandates, attorneys for the state are trying to fend off a separate lawsuit alleging violations of federal laws designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities are asking a federal judge in South Florida...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With the travel mask mandate extended into January, flight crews are bracing for several more months of elevated tensions. “It feels more stressful for everyone right now,” said Jacki Drolet, who was among the more than a dozen flight attendants who took part in a TSA self-defense training course in Dallas. “It’s definitely a little scary. You...
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is facing two lawsuits over a ban on mask mandates and her decision to cut federal pandemic unemployment benefits. Frances Parr, a mother of two boys, filed a lawsuit in state court on Monday seeking to require the state to issue a universal mask mandate for schools, at least temporarily, according to a copy...
                        The Tennessee mask mandate opt-out for school children might violate federal laws, the Department of Education says. Governor Bill Lee (R) signed an executive order that allowed parents the right to opt their children out of mask mandates in schools. Executive Order 84, which was signed by Gov....
                        A Leon County Circuit Judge has refused to dismiss a case regarding a legal challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask mandate ban. DeSantis signed the executive order earlier this month, and despite threats of funding and salary withholding from the Florida Board of Education (BOE), multiple school...
    A bar at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. May 28, 2021Leslie Josephs | CNBC American Airlines this week extended its suspension of domestic main cabin alcohol sales through Jan. 18 an effort to curb unruly traveler behavior that has surged this year. American in May said it would hold off on resuming alcohol service in the main cabin through Sept. 13,...
    Two people were arrested at Nashville International Airport earlier this week after reportedly refusing to wear masks on their flights, USA Today reported. One passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight Monday refused to wear a mask and called the flight crew "vulgar names," according to the arrest affidavit. They were denied further travel with the airline and attempted to board an...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – When Sigal Chattah goes to federal court to challenge a school mask mandate issued by the governor of Nevada, she’ll likely be required to wear the very thing she’s arguing against: a mask. That’s because U.S. District Court in Las Vegas and other courts where plaintiffs are demanding their freedoms from masking and COVID-19 vaccinations require...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Sigal Chattah goes to federal court to challenge a school mask mandate issued by the governor of Nevada, she’ll likely be required to wear the very thing she’s arguing against: a mask. That’s because U.S. District Court in Las Vegas and other courts where plaintiffs are demanding their freedoms from masking and COVID-19 vaccinations require...
    A MUM has revealed the moment she claims she was told to “glue” a face mask onto her crying toddler’s face during a flight. Ali Cleek was flying with Southwestern Airlines from Orlando to Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband and two children, four and two. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ali Cleek (@agcleek) Her two-year-old daughter...
    The Transportation Security Administration is extending its federal mask mandate for travelers on commercial flights and public transportation into next year. The agency said Tuesday it will require face coverings until Jan. 18, 2022. Its masking order was scheduled to expire on Sept. 13. “The purpose of TSA’s mask directive is to minimize the spread of covid-19 on...
    (CNN)The Transportation Security Administration will extend its US federal transportation mask mandate through January 18, according to a source familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity because the announcement has not been made public. The mandate was set to expire on September 13. More than 2,867 incidents of passengers violating the federal mask mandate have been reported to the Federal...
    The Biden administration plans to extend the federal mask mandate for all transportation networks through January, Reuters first reported. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) informed major U.S. airlines of the extension on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing three sources. The mask mandate for travel on airplanes, in airports, on buses and on rail systems is currently set to expire on Sept. 13....
    A Southwest Airlines airplane. Markus Mainka/Shutterstock.com A mom is speaking out after an incident with her two-year-old on a Southwest Airlines flight. Cleek said her daughter Drew refused to wear a mask on a flight from Orlando to Norfolk, Virginia.  The mom said a flight attendant sarcastically told her to glue the mask to Drew's face. Insider...
    A Virginia Beach mother is speaking out after a mask incident she said involved her 2-year-old on a recent Southwest Airlines flight. Ali Cleek was on an Aug. 12 flight from Orlando to Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband and two children, 4 and 2. Her 2-year-old daughter, Drew, was crying and would not keep on her mask, Cleek told FOX...
    President Joe Biden’s administration announced Friday that if school districts are unable to use state funding for defying Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask ban mandate, they can use federal relief money instead. U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona highlighted the news in a letter to DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, according to Politico. Cardona chastised DeSantis, who previously...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A coronavirus pandemic mask mandate in Nevada has drawn a federal lawsuit from attorneys seeking class-action status for claims that the constitutional rights of thousands of parents and children at Las Vegas-area schools are being violated. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been ripped away from law-abiding citizens and their children,” the attorneys declared...
    Trump administration coronavirus testing czar Brett Giroir offered a rebuke to Republican governors who have taken steps to punish or prohibit local communities from instituting mask mandates. CNN’s John Berman interviewed Giroir on Wednesday’s New Day — a conversation which began with Giroir applauding former President Barack Obama’s decision to scale down the massive 60th birthday party he had planned....
    Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a clarification statement Friday night after claiming on Fox News’ "Special Report" that the U.S. was "looking into" a possible nationwide vaccine mandate. It was the latest reversal for the health agency, which has drawn criticism for murky communications regarding the coronavirus and policies and recommendations...
                      by Casey Harper  President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that all federal employees and contractors must receive the COVID vaccination or undergo regular COVID testing, just two days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated Americans should resume wearing masks. Though the decision is not...
    There have only been two individuals that have agreed to pay the fines received by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), according to a report. The Hill reported that there had been 2,413 incidents of non-compliance since the mask mandate on planes took effect last year. Since then, the TSA has only been able to complete investigations on 1,793 incidents, among which only...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden said Tuesday afternoon that a mandate to require all federal employees to be vaccinated is now "under consideration."Sources familiar with the discussion told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega that the president is awaiting the outcome of a policy review, but that likely Thursday, he will announce that federal employees will be required...
    Only two people have agreed to pay fines to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) among more than 2,400 incidents of noncompliance since a federal mask mandate took effect this year, according to new data provided to The Hill. TSA said it has received referrals concerning 2,413 incidents of possible noncompliance and has completed investigations into 1,793 incidents.  The agency issued...
    Donald Trump sent an angry statement Tuesday demanding Americans 'don't go back' to wearing masks after new guidance said even vaccinated individuals should return to wearing face coverings in COVID hotspots. 'We won't go back,' the former president insisted. 'We won't mask our children.' He added that 'Joe Biden and his Administration learned nothing from the last year. Brave Americans...
    President Biden said on Tuesday he was weighing whether to require all federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the nation faces surging infection rates and hospitalizations caused by the rampant Delta variant. He spoke just after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks indoors in regions...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Thursday he wouldn’t allow his state’s students to be “muzzled” in the school year ahead. “There’s been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level about imposing compulsory masks on kids,” DeSantis said at a morning press conference in Fort Pierce. “We’re not doing that in Florida, OK? At the end of the...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Leisure air travel may be back to pre-pandemic levels, but it’s not back to normal. Since the return of air travel, the FAA said there’s been an unprecedented level tension between passengers and flight crews. Viral videos taken on commercial flights show passengers screaming, physical fights, and other unruly behavior. Since the start of the year the...
    House Republicans introduced a bill Friday to ban the federal government from requiring face masks on public transit. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021 as a companion bill to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) mask mandate legislation in the Senate. According to the legislation, which was first obtained by Fox News, federal agencies would be...
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