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Seats in the gallery overlooking the House chamber are marked off due to the coronavirus pandemic during a House session Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Lee calls special session to address COVID-19 liability

Aug. 3, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced he's calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits. Lee said the special legislative session will convene Aug. 10 to...

FILE - This Tuesday June 27, 2017, file photo shows the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va.  A Virginia judge on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 dissolved one injunction but imposed another preventing Virginia's governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia gov faces new hurdle in bid to remove Lee statue

Aug. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state's capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction...

NY gives child abuse survivors more time to file suits

Aug. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People who were sexually abused as children will have more time to file legal claims under a new state law against individuals and public and private institutions after concerns that the pandemic was keeping survivors from coming forward. Advocates and survivors had been pressing for an...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 3, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. july 31, 2020. Can you give us the lowdown for the layman on how vaccines work? Vaccines are cheat codes for the immune system. If you don’t know what a cheat code is, stop right now and look it up. The human body is designed to have certain events occur at certain times....

A member of the Nevada National Guard performs a temperature check during the second day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 in Carson City, Nev.. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Nevada passes policing bills, including a ban on chokeholds

Aug. 2, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada took its first steps toward joining the growing number of state Legislatures throughout the United States that have revisited laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck. The state...

FILE- In this April 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy updates members of the media on the state's response to COVID-19 at the the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. On Friday, July 31, 2020, Murphy signed legislation that will impose a tax on state health insurance plans after a federal levy expires and use those funds to reduce costs for residents. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, File)

NJ law replaces expiring federal health tax with state levy

Jul. 31, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday that will impose a tax on state health insurance plans after a federal levy expires and use those funds to reduce costs for residents. The measure narrowly passed the Democrat-led Legislature this week in the face of...

Bismarck man gets 16 years for assaulting infant, forgery

Jul. 31, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who was originally sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing an infant was re-sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison, due in part to the fact he submitted false letters of support. South Central District Judge David Reich said the letters were one of...

Fort Hays State University President Tisa Mason told the Hays City Commission at its regular meeting in City Hall on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Hays, Kan., that the university will require face masks on campus when nearly 4,000 students return in August, and said a consistent message from the city would be helpful. (Margaret Allen/The Hays Daily News via AP)

City in Kansas requiring masks to guard 'safe' reputation

Jul. 31, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a college town in conservative western Kansas are embracing a mask ordinance in hopes of making residents and incoming students feel safe, even as surrounding communities have balked at such efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. City officials in Hays, home to...

2 suits target Ohio voting procedures ahead of 2020 election

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting rights groups and Democrats filed separate lawsuits in Ohio on Friday that the parties said were aimed at making voting easier in the battleground state this November amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans, including Secretary of State Frank LaRose, immediately criticized...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Friday, July 31, 2020. She announce to postpone legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus

Jul. 31, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in delaying the...