Latest Demographics News

Belgium braces for another surge in COVID-19 cases

Oct. 21, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's government warned Thursday that the country could well be on the cusp of another major surge in COVID-19 cases despite its high vaccination rate. Though the government recently relaxed the mandatory use of facemasks, it is again starting to...

Advisory panel endorses redistricting maps for New Mexico

Oct. 20, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advisory panel to the Legislature on political redistricting on Wednesday advanced three proposals for overhauling district boundaries in New Mexico’s Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, with special deference to Native American communities. ...

West Virginia unemployment rate drops to 4.6% in September

Oct. 20, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.6 in September, the lowest rate since August 2008. Total unemployment grew 1,200 over the month and the number of unemployed state residents...

Illinois Dems face criticism, not just from GOP, on new maps

Oct. 20, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats are getting pushback on new congressional district boundaries they proposed last week, and not just from Republicans who stand to lose U.S. House seats under the plan. Voters from Chicago's southwest side, who were drawn out of the...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Oct. 20, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. October 18, 2021. Editorial: South Dakota Redistricting: Redrawing The State South Dakotans are finding out a few things in the once-in-a-decade exercise of legislative redistricting currently being conducted by state...

Two Montanas? New maps highlight state's split personality

Oct. 20, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country: Divide the expansive state in half. ...

Serbia introduces evening COVID passes amid infection surge

Oct. 20, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Wednesday introduced COVID-19 passes for indoor venues late at night following weeks of surging infections and relatively low vaccination rates. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the new measure will take effect on Saturday and...

UK faces calls for ‘Plan B’ with virus cases high and rising

Oct. 19, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Life has returned to normal for millions in Britain since coronavirus restrictions were lifted over the summer. But while the rules have vanished, the virus hasn't. Many scientists are now calling on the government to reimpose social restrictions and speed...

Latvia to impose nearly monthlong lockdown as COVID spreads

Oct. 19, 2021 06:05 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia will enter into a nearly monthlong lockdown, including a curfew, on Thursday due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the Baltic country where the vaccination rate is among the lowest in the European Union. Following an emergency government...

Texas Legislature approves new congressional district maps that bolster GOP, despite demographic shifts

Oct. 18, 2021 23:31 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Legislature approves new congressional district maps that bolster GOP, despite demographic shifts.