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Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 13, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon? The New York Times Aug. 12 The appalling negligence that left more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate sitting for more than six years at Lebanon’s port in...

Lebanon passes face covering ordinance

Aug. 13, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The city of Lebanon, New Hampshire, is the latest community to pass an ordinance requiring people to wear face masks in businesses, government buildings and other public indoor spaces during the coronavirus pandemic. The Valley News reports the ordinance passed by the City Council on...

House members prepare to leave the chamber on the first day of a special session Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The special session was called by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to pass liability reforms to protect businesses from lawsuits prompted by reopening after the coronavirus quarantine. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers end session on protests, COVID liability

Aug. 12, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers finished a special session in pandemic times Wednesday by passing a sweeping proposal that would significantly stiffen penalties against protesters demanding racial justice. In the narrow scope of the three-day election year session, no steps were taken to...

A sign urging people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus is posted, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, near Art Deco hotels along Miami Beach, Florida's famed Ocean Drive in South Beach. Florida added at least 276 fatalities to its coronavirus death toll on Tuesday, a new state record. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies with some exceptions

Aug. 12, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida sheriff says his deputies won’t be allowed to wear face masks except under some conditions, and neither will visitors to the sheriff’s office. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said in an email to staff that he had weighed both sides of the issue...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for an event in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. DeVos said the ruling is “yet another victory for students and reaffirms that students’ rights under Title IX go hand in hand with basic American principles of fairness and due process.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules

Aug. 12, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. The rules, which take effect Friday, expand the rights of the accused, narrow the definition of sexual harassment...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Forest Service smoke from the Nethker Fire billows into the air at Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems. (U.S. Forest Service via AP,File)

Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

Aug. 12, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second time a 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes...

Pakistan hopes new laws will lead to removal from watch list

Aug. 12, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's information minister said Wednesday he hoped that five new bills passed in Parliament aimed at curbing terror financing and money laundering will lead to the country's removal from an international watch list. Shibli Faraz commented hours after the National Assembly, the...

FILE — In this July 23, 2020, file photo, people participating in a

Police union asks judge to toss parts of police reform law

Aug. 12, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut State Police Union is asking a federal judge to declare parts of the state's new police accountability law unconstitutional, saying sections pertaining to the public disclosure of troopers' personnel files and internal affairs investigations violate their contract....

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 12, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 12 The Palm Beach Post on reopening schools: “Trust the science.” “Trust the data.” “Trust the health experts.” It’s excellent advice. And yet, how often have our political leaders ignored it as they have balked...

Environmental group says Indiana mill exceeds toxicity cap

Aug. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An environmental group that sued a steelmaker in December for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility says the company continues to release excess amounts of chemicals into a Lake Michigan tributary. The Environmental Law & Policy Center said...