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Latest: Mississippi passes New Jersey in COVID-19 death rate

Sep. 16, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi has surpassed New Jersey as the state with the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., with roughly 1 of every 320 Mississippians having succumbed to the coronavirus. The state’s top health official on Thursday warned that more deaths...

Mississippi now has country's highest rate for COVID deaths

Sep. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has surpassed New Jersey as the state with the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., with roughly 1 of every 320 Mississippians having succumbed to the coronavirus. The state's top health official said Thursday that the numbers...

Florida surpasses 50K COVID deaths after battling delta wave

Sep. 16, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S....

Plan proposes big changes in Iowa's congressional districts

Sep. 16, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps released Thursday by a nonpartisan agency. ...

Missouri health czar updating virus guidance for schools

Sep. 16, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s health department is drawing up new guidelines to help schools keep children from catching COVID-19, the agency's new director said Thursday. The agency's new guidance will provide a clearer path for how schools can keep children from...

Ohio redistricting panel OKs 4-year plan along party lines

Sep. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful new redistricting panel in Ohio failed on Wednesday to reach the bipartisan consensus necessary to pass a 10-year map of state legislative districts based on 2020 census totals. After hours of negotiations ahead of a midnight deadline,...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

Redistricting panel releases competing NY political maps

Sep. 15, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on an independent commission tasked with drawing new political maps instead drew criticism Wednesday when they failed to agree on what they should look like and released competing versions. The state’s loss of a...

Indiana Republicans defend speedy redistricting approval

Sep. 15, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican leaders defended their fast-track work to approve Indiana’s new congressional and legislative election districts over the next two weeks, pushing back Wednesday against critics who have argued that the public won’t have enough time to weigh in on the...

Report: Nebraska prison workforce crisis 'alarmingly worse'

Sep. 15, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s prisons face a persistent staffing crisis that has created dangerous conditions, including maximum-security units that are going unstaffed for hours at a time and one incident where an employee fell asleep on the job and woke up to inmates holding his keys,...