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Phoenix school district says suit over mask mandate is moot

Aug. 04, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix school district wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over its mask mandate, which could be a test case for other districts, arguing a state law banning such policy isn’t in effect yet. A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday in the case of...

Attorney General: Colleges can't fine unvaccinated students

Aug. 04, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — To combat COVID-19 on campus, Birmingham-Southern College said all students would be required to undergo regular testing at the school at a cost of $500, but that vaccinated students could skip that hassle and also get their money back. The...

Arkansas governor pushes mask law change, despite resistance

Aug. 03, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson pressed forward Tuesday with efforts to allow schools to mandate face masks as the state’s coronavirus cases continued to spiral, but faced heavy opposition from fellow Republicans over the move. Hutchinson called...

Teacher sues to stop Phoenix school district's mask mandate

Aug. 03, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix science teacher is asking a judge to put a halt to a districtwide mask mandate, which goes against a new state law, district officials said Tuesday. Richard Franco, a spokesman for Phoenix Union High School District, confirmed Douglas Hester's...

Indiana Supreme Court denies AG request in Holcomb lawsuit

Aug. 03, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an emergency request by state Attorney General Todd Rokita to stall Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies...

Democrats' national party workers forming union

Aug. 03, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Staff members at the Democratic National Committee in Washington have opted to organize a union for collective bargaining rights, party and union officials said Tuesday. The move marks the first time a national party organization has become a union shop, despite...

Tennessee sued over 'bathroom bill' for public schools

Aug. 03, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee was hit Tuesday with a second legal challenge aimed at overturning a slate of bills targeting transgender people that Gov. Bill Lee signed into law earlier this year. The federal lawsuit filed by the Human Rights Campaign challenges...

Union: NLRB officer recommends new vote for Amazon workers

Aug. 02, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

The union that tried — and failed — to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama may get a do-over. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Monday said that a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that the...

Law aims to speed up job certification of military spouses

Aug. 02, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — With military spouses facing a double-digit unemployment rate even before the pandemic, the state of Connecticut is attempting to make it easier for them and other people relocating from out-of-state to obtain state occupational licenses for professions ranging from...

New law will effectively end immigrant detention in Illinois

Aug. 02, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will effectively end immigrant detention and further restrict local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Monday. The new law targets local government...