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Michigan health director resigns; Whitmer names successor

Jan. 22, 2021 9:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, who issued sweeping orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's powers were upended by a court ruling, abruptly resigned Friday. No explanation for the resignation was given. In a tweet, he said...

Michigan: Restaurants can open at 25% capacity, with curfew

Jan. 22, 2021 7:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity and with a 10 p.m. curfew starting Feb. 1, and concessions can resume at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday. The state health department's coronavirus restrictions were...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

Kentucky project to gather data needed to expand internet

Jan. 22, 2021 4:11 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has launched a broadband speed test project to gather information needed to expand home internet access. The test is free and anonymous and can be taken at through Feb. 18. The information is needed to expand access for distance...

From left, Senate Minority Leader Gregory Baca, R-Belen, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, talk on the Senate Floor before the start of the 2021 legislative session in the State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

Jan. 21, 2021 7:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Direct grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are a hallmark of New Mexico's coronavirus relief effort have been awarded to several state legislators as well as enterprises that have sued the state over Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's aggressive public health...

FILE—In this file photo from Aug. 6, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine shrugs his shoulders in response to a reporter's question about him testing positive for COVID-19 in Bexley, Ohio. Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to buy two million at-home rapid coronavirus tests to help local health departments respond faster to testing needs, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio to spend $50 million on 2M home coronavirus tests

Jan. 21, 2021 5:25 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to buy 2 million at-home rapid coronavirus tests to help local health departments respond faster to testing needs, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. The governor also said the state's 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. pandemic curfew, due...

McDonald’s owner who attended Trump rally issues apology

Jan. 21, 2021 11:32 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City area McDonald's restaurant owner who attended the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol is apologizing after he wrote on social media that he was “glad" he didn't miss the “HISTORICAL DAY." Jim Wagy said in a statement issued...

Baltimore to resume indoor, outdoor dining on Friday

Jan. 20, 2021 5:12 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Restaurants in Baltimore can resume indoor and outdoor dining at limited capacities starting at the end of the week, the mayor announced Wednesday. Mayor Brandon Scott’s announcement came six weeks after the city shut down on-site dining, The Baltimore Sun reported. However, the...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 19, 2021 6:52 PM EST

Here are excerpts of editorials from newspapers around Illinois. January 17, 2021 The (Champaign) News-Gazette Acting swiftly, not wisely Hats off to members of the Black caucus in the Illinois General Assembly. They introduced four major bills — criminal justice, education, health care and economic equity...

Alaska restaurant program helps businesses and community

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A grant program established to help restaurants struggling under the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is reaping rewards for the businesses and those consuming their goods. The Restaurant Rescue program aims to keep restaurants busy while feeding residents in need,...