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FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US Supreme Court asked to lift stay on Florida felon voting

Jul. 9, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay on a federal judge's ruling that allowed Florida felons to regain the right to vote, regardless of unpaid fines and other financial obligations. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals last week granted a request from...

In this 1987 photo made available by The State Archives of Florida, Wayne Mixson poses in Tallahassee, Fla. Mixson, a former Florida Governor whose three-day term was shortest in state history, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020. He was 98. Mixson took over the top spot on Jan. 3, 1987, when Gov. Bob Graham resigned early to be sworn into the U.S. Senate. Mixson was a two-term lieutenant governor. (The State Archives of Florida via AP)

Wayne Mixson, Florida's governor for 3 days, has died

Jul. 8, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Wayne Mixson, whose three-day term was shortest in state history, died Wednesday. He was 98. Mixson took over the top spot on Jan. 3, 1987, when Gov. Bob Graham resigned early to be sworn into the U.S. Senate. Mixson died at his home in Tallahassee surrounded by...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Florida felons seeking voting rights back face court setback

Jul. 1, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge in...

Arriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B baggage claim area, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Jun. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - The new rules and regulations are posted on the barrier surrounding the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The area which is a scene of many protests is closed from sunset to sunrise. Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the Lee statue from the monument, which has become a rallying place for demonstrators in Richmond. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: 12 arrested in protest at Virginia capital

Jun. 23, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — 12 arrested in protest at Virginia state capital. — Michigan mayor resigns after making racial remark. — Minneapolis union president says members scapegoated. — University of Cincinnati to remove Marge Schott’s name from stadium. ___ RICHMOND, Va. —...

This Monday, June 14, 2020, photo provided by the Orange County Inmate Records Management shows Aaron Glee Jr. in Orlando, Fla. The Florida man faces murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of a missing Black Lives Matter protester and another woman, authorities said Tuesday. (Orange County Inmate Records via AP)

Man charged in deaths of BLM protester and another woman

Jun. 16, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of a missing Black Lives Matter protester and another woman, authorities said Tuesday. Aaron Glee Jr., 49, was arrested in Orlando on Sunday, a day after Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, and Victoria Sims, 75, were found dead in...

Lorin Lynch poses for a photo outside her home Monday, June 8, 2020, in Wesley Chapel, Fla. When the tourists stopped coming in March, so did Lynch's paychecks from a Tampa Bay hotel. Her desperation grew as she burned through her savings while awaiting financial relief from Florida's unemployment office, an ordeal that lingered for many weeks before the 26-year-old single mother finally got an unemployment check.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Unemployment woes a mounting strain on Trump in Florida

Jun. 11, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When the tourists stopped coming in March, so did Lorin Lynch’s paychecks from a Tampa Bay hotel. She burned through her savings while awaiting financial relief from Florida’s unemployment office. It took nearly three months before the 26-year-old single mother...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a press conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State athletic director David Coburn says the football team met Thursday, June 4, 2020, after a star player accused coach Mike Norvell of lying about connecting personally last weekend with every player to discuss the killing of George Floyd and protests against racial injustice. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

FSU's Norvell sorry after star player accused coach of lying

Jun. 4, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Florida State's Mike Norvell apologized Thursday after a star player accused the coach of lying about personally connecting with every football player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice. After a team meeting early Thursday involving players and coaches,...

Police: Trans man fatally shot by officer after pointing gun

Jun. 1, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A transgender black man was fatally shot by an officer in Florida after fatally stabbing another man and pointing a gun at the officer, authorities said. Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by a Tallahassee police officer Wednesday after McDade fatally stabbed his next-door...