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Tennessee picks 5 school districts for reading grant program

Sep. 17, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials have selected five school districts to receive $300,000 grants under an early literacy program. The state Department of Education says the Reading 360 Model Districts include Bristol, Tennessee, City Schools;...

Israel comes to halt for solemn day of Yom Kippur

Sep. 15, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli life came to a standstill on Wednesday as Jews marked the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the most solemn point on their calendar, at sundown. Stores, businesses, public transportation and broadcasting shuts down in Israel for...

Farmer says harvests will vary across South Dakota

Sep. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota farmer says harvests will vary widely across the state because some pockets have been spared from the drought. Travis Mockler farms corn, alfalfa and soybeans in the southeastern part of the state. He says even farmers in the same...

Panel backs plan for new building for Arizona Public Media

Sep. 11, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona Board of Regents panel has endorsed plans to build a new home for Arizona Public Media, a Tucson-based public broadcasting outlet hosted by the University of Arizona. A regents committee on Thursday approved a motion to construct a...

Anti-mask demonstrators return to school despite court order

Sep. 10, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Protesters returned to the grounds of a Vancouver, Washington high school Friday despite a judge’s attempts to quash demonstrations there. At Skyview High School protesters including Joey Gibson, founder of the Vancouver-based far-right group...

Commission grants conditional approval to I-5 proposal

Sep. 10, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Transportation Commission has granted conditional approval to a plan to expand Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter as well as build a cap over the freeway to allow for the redevelopment of a Black community destroyed when the interstate was first...

Q&A: Ali gets the Ken Burns treatment in 4-part PBS film

Sep. 09, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

Considering the number of movies, documentaries and other entertainment vehicles made about Muhammad Ali, it would seem that — much like the former heavyweight champion at the end of his 1971 fight against Joe Frazier — there’s not much left to offer that's fresh. ...

Police may be exempt from employee vaccine mandate

Sep. 07, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland city officials because of new guidance may need to exempt the police bureau from an order that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. The city attorney’s office said Tuesday the order requiring...

Anti-mask protests force 3 schools into lockdown

Sep. 03, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Three schools in Vancouver, Washington, were placed in lockdown Friday after anti-mask protesters tried to access school ground. Pat Nuzzo, communications director for Vancouver Public Schools, said the lockdowns were a safety precaution. ...

Judge orders action to help salmon, steelhead in Oregon

Sep. 03, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action to improve fish passage at dams in Oregon’s Willamette Basin. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a final opinion and order issued this week, U.S. District...