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Two people walk past exercise equipment that has been taped off to keep people from using it as part of the newest measure by Mayor Harold Perrin in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Arkansas advises abortion clinic to halt out-of-state visits

Apr. 9, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' top health official on Thursday encouraged a Little Rock abortion clinic to stop seeing out-of-state patients during the coronavirus outbreak but stopped short of ordering the facility to halt abortions. Health Secretary Dr. Nathaniel Smith said officials investigated the...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, health care personnel test a person in the passenger seat of a car for coronavirus at a Kaiser Permanente medical center parking lot in San Francisco. California lawmakers, on Thursday, April 9, 2020 asked Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration for more details on its plans to buy 500 more protective masks to help fight the coronavirus, but are asking for more details on its plan to buy 500 million more protective masks for health care and other workers as the state fights the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California lawmakers want details on Newsom's big mask buy

Apr. 9, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers want a fuller accounting of Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to buy 500 million protective masks, with a top budget official on Thursday seeking details on how the state will distribute the masks and ensure they are good quality. In a letter to Newsom's finance...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gives an update on the spread of coronavirus in the state of Louisiana, Thursday, April 9, 2020, at GOHSEP in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Edwards: K-12 schools likely to stay closed for school year

Apr. 9, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he's likely to keep Louisiana's K-12 public schools shuttered for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus, in response to calls from state education leaders not to reopen them because of public health risks. Edwards' school closure...

The Latest: New dashboard to track medical readiness

Apr. 9, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 5 p.m. The Wisconsin Hospital Association has unveiled an enhanced website to get out more data about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The dashboard has information on hospital admissions and bed...

Kansas governor sues in dispute over in-person services

Apr. 9, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor filed a lawsuit Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 attendees during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Laura Kelly said “the last thing” she...

Nebraska budget chairman warns of major loss of tax revenue

Apr. 9, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of the Nebraska Legislature's budget-writing committee is bracing for a sharp drop in tax revenue that could affect the state for the next three years. Sen. John Stinner, head of the Appropriations Committee, made the comments in a webinar hosted by the Platte Institute, a...

Lawmakers add 2 weeks to session break with return April 30

Apr. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state group voted Thursday to extend the Iowa Legislature’s adjournment until April 30. The 24-member Iowa Legislative Council, which makes rules when the legislative body isn't in session, voted in a telephone conference call to extend the recess as concerns remain over...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, a man trians in a park in Fond du Lac, Wis. Gov. Tony Evers has ordered the closure 40 Wisconsin's state parks, forests and recreational areas primarily in south and southeast Wisconsin due to overcrowding, litter, vandalism and to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. And he warned Thursday, April 9, 2020 that more closures may be coming if the public does not follow social distancing guidelines and vandalism continues. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Evers closes 40 Wisconsin state parks, recreational areas

Apr. 9, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday ordered the closure of 40 Wisconsin's state parks, forests and recreational areas primarily in southern and southeastern Wisconsin to help reduce overcrowding and vandalism and to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Evers' warned that the order could be...

FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta. By requiring Georgia voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots, the state is effectively imposing a poll tax that is an unconstitutional barrier to the right to vote, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia postpones primaries again because of coronavirus

Apr. 9, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia on Thursday postponed primary elections for the second time this year because of the coronavirus, pushing back primaries scheduled for May to June. The move came a day after New Jersey and Virginia joined at least 15 other states in delaying their primaries amid the coronavirus...

Parishioners pray from their car as Fr. Steve Buno, Pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church in Harahan, La., performs drive-thru Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, as a form of social distancing due to the new coronavirus, during Holy Week, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Some churches confront virus restrictions on Easter services

Apr. 9, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At the holiest time of year for Christians, churches are wrestling with how to hold services amid the coronavirus outbreak, and in some cases, that has set up showdowns with local governments over restrictions that forbid large gatherings. Many churches are offering parishioners...