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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday March 16, 2020. Justice declared a state of emergency in response to the new coronavirus, even as West Virginia remains the last state in the U.S. without a confirmed case. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Justice admits travel order may be unconstitutional

Mar. 31, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday acknowledged that his directive to have police monitor roads and check in on travelers from coronavirus hotspots might be unconstitutional but he said it will continue for safety reasons. Justice has issued an executive order mandating...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, right, speaks on the first case of the coronavirus in North Dakota, during a news conference held with officials with the state health department in Bismarck, N.D. Gov. Listening at left are Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.  Burgum gave a sobering message Thursday, March 26, to people who are complaining that some of the counties identified with patients who have contracted the coronavirus aren't accurate: COVID-19 is coming to your county. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

North Dakota groups want evictions, foreclosures blocked

Mar. 30, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several groups urged North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday to block evictions and foreclosures to protect those suffering economic hardship caused by COVID-19. The request from groups that include the North Dakota Farmers Union and the American Civil Liberties Union comes as the...

ICE releases 2 detainees for health concerns

Mar. 28, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released two immigration detainees from a facility in Massachusetts following a lawsuit that was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and immigration attorneys. A petition was filed Wednesday for the release of the two...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

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Rhode Island cracks down on visitors from New York

Mar. 27, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard will go door to door in coastal communities starting Saturday to ask people if they are visiting from New York and informing them of Rhode Island's mandatory 14-day quarantine for people from there, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Friday. The measure, while...

FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, escort volunteers line up outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Ky., the state's only abortion clinic. Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron, an anti-abortion supporter, said Friday, March 27, 2020, that abortions should cease as part of the governor's order halting elective medical procedures in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Kentucky AG: Abortions should cease during virus pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general said Friday that abortions in the state should cease as part of the governor's order halting elective medical procedures because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is anti-abortion, called on the state's acting...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Kentucky Senate Majority floor Leader Damon Thayer, addresses the members of the Senate during the opening session of the Kentucky State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky. Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers worked on a coronavirus-relief measure Thursday, March 26, 2020 to help cushion workers and employers from economic damage caused by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, file)

Kentucky lawmakers pass coronavirus-relief measure

Mar. 26, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers passed a measure Thursday offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The relief bill comes amid a dramatically shrinking economy as businesses statewide close or scale back...

ACLU-MN alleges US citizen unlawfully detained

Mar. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is suing the federal government on behalf of a U.S. citizen who alleges he was unlawfully detained. The ACLU-MN filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Minnesota on behalf of Ali Abdalla. Abdalla came to the U.S. as a Somali...

FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif.  Pressure is mounting on the Trump administration to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has already tested positive for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges

Mar. 25, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions could cause rapid spread of the virus. The U.S. holds...