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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the novel coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Some Kentucky churches plan to gather, despite virus orders

Apr. 4, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky churches are still planning to hold in-person church services this Sunday, despite statewide orders that ban mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Louisville preacher Jack Roberts told The Courier Journal that he would rather go to jail and court...

FILE - In this May 23, 2017 file photograph, Dorothy Haymer of Yazoo City, at podium, Indigo Williams, left and Precious Hughes, right. both of Jackson, explains the reasons as African-American mothers of children in public elementary schools, they are plaintiffs in a Mississippi education lawsuit filed on her behalf, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. The women claimed Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly black and predominantly white schools. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, a federal appeals court revived the lawsuit, reversing the 2019 decision by a U.S. district judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against state officials by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the mothers' behalf. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Court revives suit over Mississippi school funding disparity

Apr. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that says Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly black and predominantly white schools. The Thursday ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the 2019 decision by U.S. District Judge William...

FILE — In this May 22, 2019 file photo members of the California Teachers Association and proponents of public education march to the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., calling for an increase in funding for public schools. Supporters of a proposed amendment to the California Constitution that would raise property taxes on some businesses say they have collected more than 1.7 million signatures. The Schools & Communities First campaign announced Thursday, April 2, 2020 it has submitted the signatures to state officials. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Backers of California tax initiative submit signatures

Apr. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed amendment to the California Constitution that would raise property taxes on some businesses by up to $12 billion a year announced Thursday they have collected more than 1.7 million signatures, all but assuring it will appear on the November ballot. The...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Apr. 1, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ March 31 The Greenwood Commonwealth on medical marijuana in Mississippi: Medical marijuana — unless someone can show it’s an effective treatment against the novel coronavirus — has lost some of its zip as a pressing concern in Mississippi....

Wyoming House speaker: Coronavirus special session likely

Mar. 31, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Legislature will likely hold its first special session in over 15 years to allocate emergency federal funding to address the coronavirus pandemic and possibly other matters, House Speaker Steve Harshman said. “Nothing is certain in this life, but if you read the tea...

Patients wear personal protective equipment while maintaining social distancing as they wait in line for a COVID-19 test at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, saying the infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that sees 40,000 people in intensive care. Such a surge would overwhelm hospitals, which now have just 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

Mar. 26, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York authorities mobilized to head off a public health disaster Wednesday, with the city's emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale — for the rest of the country as U.S. deaths from the pandemic topped 1,000. A...

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian citizens on the State Television channels in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Putin has postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change that would allow him to seek another term in power. He also announced during a televised address to the nation that the government doesn't want Russians except those working in essential sectors to come to work next week. He said that stores, pharmacies and banks will stay open. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Citing virus, Putin delays vote that would extend his rule

Mar. 25, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Citing the coronavirus, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change potentially allowing him to stay in office until 2036. Putin didn't set a new date for the plebiscite, which was originally scheduled...

Ohio AG rejects recreational pot issue lacking valid signers

Mar. 24, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio attorney general said Monday that he has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state for lack of valid signatures. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said in a release that he did not take steps to determine...

A man and a little girl play on a memorial to Civil War veterans in West Park on the Northside of Pittsburgh on a sunny Sunday, March 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

School closures extended; Wolf issues stay-at-home order

Mar. 23, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered residents of Pennsylvania's hardest-hit areas to stay home for at least two weeks to help combat the spread of the new coronavirus that has already sickened hundreds and caused six deaths statewide. He also extended a statewide schools shutdown through...

Petition canvassing halted amid coronavirus concerns

Mar. 20, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas groups trying to gather signatures for various petitions required to qualify for the November ballot have suspended their efforts amid public health concerns spurred by the new coronavirus. The group Arkansas Voters First has been trying to collect signatures for a...