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Minnesota mayor disputes harassment of COVID-19 survey team

Sep. 27, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of a southern Minnesota city is disputing state health department claims that a COVID-19 survey team was threatened there earlier this month. State health officials on Friday reported cases of health workers being subjected to hostility — including racial slurs —...

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for final Texas city

Sep. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Environmental officials in Texas have lifted a warning for a final Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe, but with a warning that the water should be boiled before being consumed. Earlier this month,...

New York City principals union demands state control schools

Sep. 27, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The union representing New York City’s school principals called Sunday for the state to take control of the school system from the mayor for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic as hundreds of thousands of children are set to report back to classrooms this week. The Council of...

Greens win mayoral runoffs in 3 west German cities

Sep. 27, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Candidates for the environmentalist Greens won mayoral runoff votes in three west German cities Sunday, underscoring the party's strength a year before national elections. The Greens' candidate, Sibylle Keupen, won more than two thirds of the vote in Aachen, on the border with Belgium and the...

SC city plans diversity training after social media posts

Sep. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city will spend $50,000 on diversity training and programs after one of its city council members drew objections for sharing social media posts defending the Confederate flag and criticizing racial justice protests as “getting out of hand.” The Mauldin...

In this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, photograph, the main street through Lyons, Colo., is shown. A racially-offensive online post by the former fire chief has fractured relations among the 2,000 residents of the town, which is located between Boulder and Estes Park. (Bente Birkeland/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

Racially sensitive Facebook post divides small Colorado town

Sep. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Greg Meyers moved to the town of Lyons shortly before the 2013 flood devastated the community. Living through that disaster meant the Boulder County native got to know people quickly; it brought everyone together and forged a strong bond that still shapes the small foothills community...

Braintree voters approve 1st new school since 1970s

Sep. 27, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — The town of Braintree has approval to build its first new school since the 1970s after voters passed a tax increase for the measure in a special election on Saturday. Nearly 75% of voters supported a measure allowing the town to borrow $86.5 million to build a new middle school, the...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2007, file photo, Wyoming state Sen. Grant Larson, R-Jackson, discusses funding for the budget during an afternoon session of the Legislature in Cheyenne, Wyo. Larson had several heart surgeries in recent years. He had a lung infection in the days before he died in the house he and his family built. Grant Larson died on Sept. 11, 2020, in Jackson, Wyo. He was 87. (Michael Smith/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, File)

Larson remembered as dedicated, practical Wyoming lawmaker

Sep. 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grant Larson came home on a pass from the Air Force in 1957 with his wife, Maralyn, and went shopping for a place to build a house. Jackson saloon owner Lewis Gill took them out to some unwanted land he’d bought with gambling winnings and subdivided. The Gill Addition was up...

Activist fights to save housing project in South Carolina

Sep. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Local attorney and civil rights activist Hemphill Pride II is calling on the city to preserve the 80-year-old Allen Benedict Court public housing project, which he says is an important symbol of Black history in Columbia. “The project produced some of the most outstanding...

A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...