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Students in the Avon Community School Corporation returned to in-person classes on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Avon, Ind. (Doug McSchooler/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

The Latest: Indiana gov defends school reopening in pandemic

Aug. 5, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending school reopenings in the face of mounting reports of students and education staff testing positive for the coronavirus since returning to classes. Box said Wednesday that she “continue(s) to believe that our schools can safely...

A sign hangs outside Bruno’s Tavern in New Orleans on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Bruno’s is one of many bars around the city that shut down under new restrictions the state announced over the weekend to fight the spread of coronavirus. Bars in New Orleans had been allowed to open, with limited capacity, a month earlier when the number of hospitalizations from the virus in Louisiana was in decline. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

Louisiana mask mandate, virus rules challenged in court

Aug. 5, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration argued Wednesday that Louisiana's statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions have helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, hoping to persuade a state district judge to uphold the regulations in a lawsuit challenging them as...

In this May, 2020, photo provided by the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, DeCora Hawk poses for a photo as community engagement director at the Thunder Valley CDC on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Hawk works to organize cleaning supplies that were sent to elderly residents on the reservation. (Thunder Valley CDC Staff via AP)

On Pine Ridge, preserving language means protecting elders

Aug. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As the pandemic affects the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, one local community organization is doing everything it can to help people stay at home, fearing that the pandemic could take a disproportionate toll on an elderly population that maintains the language and culture of...

A large homeless encampment is shown Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials said Wednesday there have been 490 cases of homeless people infected with the virus since the pandemic began among the county's approximately 7,400 homeless, with at least nine people self-identifying as homeless have died in Maricopa County. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Over 500 Arizona inmates test positive amid slowing virus

Aug. 5, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona corrections officials have said that 517 inmates at the state prison in Tucson have tested positive for the coronavirus even as the overall spread in the state seems to be turning a corner. And state health officials on Wednesday reported 1,698 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and...

Nevada begins tracking pandemic's effect on LGBTQ community

Aug. 5, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has begun collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of an expanded case investigation effort unveiled this week. The move is being heralded by advocates concerned about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the LGBTQ community. Sexual...

Judge unsure if virus requires changes to Wisconsin election

Aug. 5, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday questioned whether it would be right to order an easing of Wisconsin's absentee voting regulations ahead of the November presidential election, saying the coronavirus might pose less of a threat to in-person voting by then. Democrats and allied groups filed...

Tidelands Health medical professionals conduct a drive-through COVID-19 testing site Friday July 17, 2020 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)

Masks, shields and spread out jurors as trials resume in SC

Aug. 5, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began included spread out jurors, a glass shield around the witness stand and bailiffs reminding everyone that masks are required. The murder trial started Tuesday in Laurens County and was the first case tried...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. It's the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. The Covidwise app was available on the tech giants’ app stores Wednesday, Aug. 5,  ahead of an expected announcement from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

Aug. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. But hopes for a nationwide app that can work seamlessly across state...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The governor announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. She also created an advisory council of Black leaders. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau

Aug. 5, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Idaho governor to call special session due to COVID-19

Aug. 5, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday that he’ll call the part-time Legislature back into a special session in late August due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor in a statement said the special session will start during the week of Aug. 24. He said it could include how to conduct the...