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Handwashing, masks among fall guidelines for Kansas schools

Jul. 11, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Draft safety guidelines for school this fall from the Kansas State Department of Education say students, teachers and staff should wear masks, but that students up to fifth or sixth grade shouldn’t be required to wear them unless local officials mandate it, the Kansas City Star...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes part in a tour of a massive temporary hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Atlanta. Kemp took part in a tour of the 200-bed facility, constructed quickly in the lower levels of the Georgia World Congress Center which normally plays host to large conventions and sporting events. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, Pool)

Atlanta mayor clashes with governor as Georgia expands beds

Jul. 11, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that Georgia would increase hospital bed capacity as COVID-19 hospitalizations surged, the state set a new single-day record for coronavirus infections and he clashed anew with Atlanta’s mayor. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told residents of the...

FILE- In this file photo provided by the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, left, speaks at a news conference as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer watches, May 26, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. Michigan's health department is urging that children be caught up on their vaccines as soon as possible after a drop in immunizations due to the cancellation of appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Khaldun said is it concerning that so many children are behind, making them susceptible to preventable diseases. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Michigan wants kids caught up on vaccines after pandemic dip

Jul. 11, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health department is urging that children be caught up on their vaccines as soon as possible after a drop in immunizations due to the cancellation of appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. The state said the percentage of 5-month-olds fully up to date on all...

Georgia revenue down $1B in early look before late taxes due

Jul. 11, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state government preliminarily closed out its 2019-2020 budget year with a more than $1 billion drop in tax collections according to figures released Friday, but the real budget shortfall won't be known for weeks yet as state officials await delayed income tax receipts. Whatever the...

Alex Johnson, left, and Jonathan Walker operate a device they invented that turns text into braille on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Panama City, Fla. The two high school students submitted their device with a video presentation to the national Invention Convention and were awarded the opportunity to receive a patent. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP)

Florida students work on patent for invention for the blind

Jul. 11, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Local high school students Jonathon Walker and Alex Johnson have been developing a device that turns text into braille for some time and now they’re working with a law firm to get a patent for it. When the students first won the science fair in Pensacola several months back,...

President Donald Trump waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Friday, July 10, 2020. Trump is heading to Florida to visit Southern Command, attend a roundtable event at a Doral church where he will speak with Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents and attend a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

Jul. 11, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status. Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide...

President Donald Trump waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Friday, July 10, 2020. Trump is heading to Florida to visit Southern Command, attend a roundtable event at a Doral church where he will speak with Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents and attend a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

Jul. 10, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status. Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide...

Colorado superintendent to be Kentucky education head

Jul. 10, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

Frankfort, Ky (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education announced Thursday that it has selected the superintendent of Colorado’s second largest school district to be Kentucky’s next education commissioner. Jason Glass will oversee Kentucky’s K-12 school system and its 650,000 students...

Anchorage School District plan begins with limited reopening

Jul. 10, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District announced a plan to begin holding in-person classes two days per week when schools reopen in the fall. The district announced Thursday that in-person classes are expected to resume a five-day schedule after two and a half weeks of reopening, The...

Hong Kong shuts schools as new virus cases increase

Jul. 10, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government on Friday said it is suspending classes for students following a rise in coronavirus cases. Officials in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory reported 42 new cases on Thursday, 34 of them locally transmitted. Most of the new cases were related to known clusters,...