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New Oklahoma coronavirus cases top 1,200; 12 more deaths

Sep. 25, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials on Friday reported an increase of 1,276 confirmed new coronavirus cases and 12 additional deaths as they grapple with outbreaks at several state prisons. The latest numbers bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 82,520 and the total number...

Positive virus test rate drops to 3% in Connecticut prisons

Sep. 25, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The number of Connecticut prisoners testing positive for the coronavirus has dropped substantially over the past three months, decreasing to 3% in a second round of mass testing from 9% during the first round, the Department of Correction announced Friday. The department tested more...

COVID outbreak at Boston hospital grows to 19 known cases

Sep. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak at a major Boston hospital has now grown to 19 confirmed cases. Brigham and Women’s Hospital originally said it had identified 10 cases among staff and patients connected to two inpatient units. The hospital in a statement late Thursday said to date, 98 employees...

Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

Sep. 25, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found. The Australian Strategic...

This undated image taken from video provided by attorney Susan Otto shows Christopher Vialva in the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Otto, the lawyer for Vialva, the first Black inmate set to die in a series of federal executions this year says race played a central role in landing him on death row for slaying a white couple from Iowa. Otto says just one juror was Black and 11 white at Vialva's 2000 federal trial in western Texas. Vialva's execution is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Susan Otto via AP)

Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

Sep. 24, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly...

Burl Cain, the former warden at Angola prison in Louisiana, responds to a lawmaker's question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Corrections Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The committee unanimously endorsed Cain, who faced ethics questions in Louisiana, to be the new commissioner of Mississippi's troubled prison system. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi using inmate labor to make repairs at prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Mississippi's troubled prison system told lawmakers Thursday that the Department of Corrections intends to move some inmates out of a private prison and into a state-owned facility by mid-December. Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said the department is spending about...

2 Mississippi inmates die; 1 was in Colorado federal prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says one inmate has died at an in-state prison and another man convicted in Mississippi has died at a federal prison in Colorado. Thomas C. Parker, 40, died Tuesday at Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale. He was serving life...

Passersby walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dedham, Mass. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

Sep. 24, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, a watch tower at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, Utah. The Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison have been placed under a 24-hour lockdown after authorities believe the general inmate populations were exposed to COVID-19. The state Department of Corrections tells The Deseret News that the facilities went into lockdown Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, around 3 p.m. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

Utah State Prison locked down after possible virus exposure

Sep. 24, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison have been placed under a 24-hour lockdown after authorities believe the general inmate populations were exposed to COVID-19. The state Department of Corrections said the facilities went into lockdown...

Prison holding geriatric prisoners reports 11th virus death

Sep. 24, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CAPRON, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials are reporting an 11th coronavirus-related death at facility that is home to many geriatric and otherwise vulnerable prisoners. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that the facility is the Deerfield Correctional Center. It's a e 925-inmate prison in...