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In this June 15, 2020, photo provided by the Supreme Court of Missouri, Supreme Court Clerk Betsy AuBuchon, left, and Chief Justice George W. Draper III watch remote arguments from a video monitor stacked on boxes in the state Supreme Court chambers in Jefferson City, Mo. The chief justice was the only judge in the courtroom. The other six judges and the two attorneys arguing the case all appeared using remote technology because of coronavirus precautions. (Beth S. Riggert/Supreme Court of Missouri via AP)

Courts straining to balance public health with public access

Jun. 28, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

After her son was arrested for allegedly throwing rocks at police during a protest over racial injustice, Tanisha Brown headed to the courthouse in her California hometown to watch her son's arraignment. She was turned away, told the courthouse was closed to the public because of coronavirus precautions. A day...

Blackfeet Nation drafts bill to protect Badger-Two Medicine

Jun. 26, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Nation announced Thursday a proposal to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine as a cultural heritage area, shielding it from oil and gas drilling in northwestern Montana. “It’s a Heritage area, which would be the first of its kind. It would create a...

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont prepares to put on a face mask at Gay City State Park in Hebron, Conn. on Thursday May 21, 2020. The governor held his daily COVID-19 briefing for the media at the park in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Connecticut shoreline towns look to restrict beach access

May. 22, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

HEBRON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut shoreline towns are planning to limit beach access to local residents, eliminate some parking and add extra police patrols to help keep up social distancing as they prepare for a potential influx of visitors over the Memorial Day weekend. In East Lyme, First Selectman Mark...

North Carolina beach town scales back restrictions

May. 21, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina beach town are scaling back their restrictions to allow visitors to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. The town of Wrightsville Beach has announced that it will allow all beach activities to resume as of Wednesday afternoon, including sunbathing, fishing...

Federal lawsuit targets Delaware coronavirus restrictions

May. 15, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man is suing Democratic Gov. John Carney in federal court over restrictions he has imposed on access to the state’s beaches and his ban on short-term rentals. Patrick J. Murray argues in a complaint filed Friday that the restrictions imposed by Carney because of the...

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020 photo, people walking on the boardwalk in Belmar, N.J. as the town prepared for the summer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to issue guidelines on Thursday, May 14, 2020,  on when and how New Jersey's beaches can begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

New Jersey beaches to be reopened, with restrictions

May. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The latest coronavirus-related developments in New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday gave his long-awaited guidance on how New Jersey's shore towns can open their beaches safely in time for Memorial Day weekend, as the state continued to edge cautiously forward during the COVID-19...

FILE - In this May 4, 2020, file photo, Park ranger Tyler Gagat wears a protective face mask as he monitors activity at the Flamingo boat ramp during the new coronavirus pandemic in Everglades National Park in Florida, as the park gradually reopens to the public in phases. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the National Park Service is testing public access at several parks across the nation  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

National parks visitors should plan for 'new normal'

May. 10, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — After closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Park Service is testing public access at several parks across the nation, including two in Utah, with limited offerings and services. Visitor centers and campgrounds remain largely shuttered at Bryce Canyon...