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Topeka prison reports 89 virus cases to lead state hotspots

Jan. 24, 2021 5:05 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least 89 coronavirus cases have been reported at the Topeka Correctional Facility since Jan. 8 to make the prison the largest current hotspot in the state. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says no other school, day care, long-term care facility, business, sport or...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020 file photo, Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, and his wife, Vera McKissic, pray during services in Arlington, Texas. As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 45 years. Now he’s pondering whether he and his congregation should break away -- following the steps of several other Black pastors who exited in dismay over race-related actions of some white SBC leaders.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Some Black Southern Baptists feel shut out by white leaders

Jan. 24, 2021 4:22 PM EST

As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 45 years. Now he’s pondering whether he and his congregation should break away. “It would feel like a divorce,” McKissic said....

RI eyes vaccine rollout tweaks; In-person school pulled back

Jan. 24, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, who is set to take over as governor if Gina Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary, says he'd like to see changes to the state’s coronavirus vaccine distribution plan. The Democrat said Saturday he wants to speed up vaccinations for all...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, elementary 1 and 2 teachers prepare their desks and laptops for a virtual class outside of Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in Chicago.  The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday, Jan. 24 that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom before they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said such a move would amount to an illegal strike. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

Jan. 24, 2021 2:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns about COVID-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike. Chicago Public Schools,...

A passenger wears a face mask to protect from coronavirus in the departure hall in Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus COVID-19. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel was closing its international airport to nearly all flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages

Jan. 24, 2021 2:19 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly all flights, while Israeli police clashed with ultra-Orthodox protesters in several major cities and the government raced to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. The...

Chicago teachers vote to defy district's orders to return to in-person instruction before vaccinations

Jan. 24, 2021 1:01 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers vote to defy district's orders to return to in-person instruction before vaccinations.

IU law professor joins President Biden's Justice Department

Jan. 24, 2021 12:17 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Dawn Johnsen, an Indiana University law professor, has joined the U.S. Department of Justice under President Joe Biden's new administration. Johnsen was sworn in Wednesday as a senior counselor in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, The Herald-Times...

What's harder than teaching pre-K? Teaching pre-K virtually.

Jan. 24, 2021 11:27 AM EST

VERMILLION, La. (AP) — Pre-kindergarten teacher Darlene Humble kicked off Wednesday morning’s class at LeBlanc Elementary School the same way she always does, with the “good morning song.” About 10 students, most of them 4 years old, sang and clapped along with her and paraprofessional...

School bill challenges New Mexico virus restrictions

Jan. 24, 2021 11:18 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of New Mexico lawmakers is pushing legislation that would allow more students to attend class in person by shifting authority over decisions to reopen from state officials to local school boards. The bill is a direct challenge to the cautious approach to in-person...

Savannah college gets $4.8M to train workers amid pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 10:59 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A community college in Savannah has been awarded $4.8 million to help train more workers, including those who have lost jobs during the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said in a news release that Savannah Technical College is among community colleges nationwide receiving the federal...