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Kansas governor recommends masks for all in K-12 schools

Jul. 30, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday recommended that nearly everyone inside K-12 schools or riding school buses in Kansas be required to wear a mask, and Kansas State University will require masks in its buildings, whether people are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not....

Florida governor bars schools from requiring masks

Jul. 30, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts Friday from forcing students to wear masks when classes resume next month even as the state's coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket toward levels not seen since before vaccines became...

School board member: require employees to get COVID vaccine

Jul. 30, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A school board member in a Mississippi school district says he is planning to propose making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all employees. Natchez Adams School District board member Phillip West told The Natchez Democrat that the rise in...

Arizona reports nearly 2K more virus cases, most since March

Jul. 30, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona reported 1,965 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the most in a single day since early March, as virus-related hospitalizations continued to climb. The additional infections and 24 deaths reported Friday increased the state's pandemic totals to 925,169...

African heritage and history curriculum bill signed into law

Jul. 30, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public schools in Rhode Island are now required to teach a comprehensive African American history and heritage curriculum under legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “The inclusion of African heritage and history in Rhode...

The Latest: Staffers in La Gov. Edwards office test positive

Jul. 30, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two staffers in Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office have tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement Friday from Edwards’ office says both are at home, in isolation, in accordance with state and federal health guidelines. ...

Masks recommended for younger students in state's schools

Jul. 30, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Students from kindergarten through sixth grade, most of whom are not eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine, should wear masks indoors when schools reopen this fall, according to recommendations released Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 30, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

Boston Herald. July 30, 2021. Editorial: Time for Senate to pass, not spike, betting bill House lawmakers are again putting the legalization of sports betting in the Senate’s court after overwhelmingly approving a bill that would allow that gaming...

Beshear updates school mask recommendations

Jul. 30, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Schools should make sure to require indoor mask wearing for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. Administrators should have layered strategies in place to...

The Latest: US health officials to release new COVID-19 data

Jul. 29, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- U.S. health officials are expected to release new data about the spread of COVID-19 on Friday that led to their decision to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks in some situations, a reversal of previous guidance. The report, to be released by the...