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Joyce Barnes poses for a photo, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Richmond, Va. The coronavirus pandemic has raised the stakes for Barnes, 61, who cares for Medicaid patients in their homes but does not have health insurance or paid sick leave or hazard pay to care for herself if she contracts COVID-19. (Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia home health aides look for state relief in pandemic

Jul. 12, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joyce Barnes has become sick before by caring for someone who was carrying a communicable disease without anyone knowing it — a bacterial infection that put her in the hospital last year. The coronavirus pandemic has raised the stakes for Barnes, 61, who cares for Medicaid...

Demostrators gather near North Carolina Confederate statue

Jul. 11, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds protested Saturday near a Confederate monument in a central North Carolina city where local officials have tried to limit the activities of demonstrators. The protesters marched 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Burlington into downtown Graham, where the century-old statue of a soldier...

Feds deny Minnesota request for aid to rebuild after unrest

Jul. 11, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government has denied a request from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz for federal funds to rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz’s spokesman Teddy Tschann confirmed that the...

Pandemic, strained economy threaten higher ed in Colorado

Jul. 11, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Angie Paccione, fresh off a weekly call with university presidents across Colorado, summed up the state of higher education in the midst of a pandemic, an economic recession and a reckoning with lifetimes worth of racial inequities: It’s a “cacophony of crises.” Colorado...

People's Action Party Secretary-General and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, verifies his identity with a polling official at the Alexandra Primary School polling center in Singapore, Friday, July 10, 2020. Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee's long-governing party to power. (AP Photo)

Singapore's ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Jul. 10, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party comfortably won Friday's general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains. Lee said his People’s Action Party secured 83 parliamentary seats, retaining...

FILE - This July 9, 2020, file photo shows a correctional officer closing the main gate at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California is giving more than 100,000 state inmates earlier release dates in its latest response to the pandemic, building on earlier steps that together could free nearly 10% of prisoners as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates, lawmakers and federal judges. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California may release 10% of inmates in pandemic response

Jul. 10, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials will soon release another 2,100 inmates from state prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in all now plans to release a total of more than 10,000 inmates, or nearly 10 percent of prisoners, as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure...

Gov. Beshear: mask mandate in effect, despite judge's order

Jul. 10, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new requirement for Kentuckians to wear face masks in public has taken effect, despite a county court's restraining order related to pandemic restrictions, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday. Beshear said the mask order went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, and it is “mandatory,...

Murphy, legislative leaders agree on $9.9B borrowing plan

Jul. 10, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the state's Democrat-controlled Legislature have agreed on a measure that would allow the state to borrow up to roughly $10 billion to address the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the governor announced Friday. The bill will be taken...

Trump OKs Mississippi's disaster declaration request

Jul. 10, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' request for help following severe weather in April was approved Friday by President Donald J. Trump. Trump declared a major disaster exists in Mississippi and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts in 11 counties hit by severe storms, tornadoes,...

Kansas City sharply divided over police chief's performance

Jul. 10, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After several nights of protest at the Country Club Plaza ended with tear gas and arrests, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith waded into a crowd that was demanding reform. Demonstrators wanted answers about police shootings of Black men, about Smith’s lack of cooperation...