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Rep. Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas, left, speaks with Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, on the House floor as the Louisiana Legislature reached the final hours of its legislative session, on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Another special session: Louisiana lawmakers return Monday

Sep. 26, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers say the focus for their special session starting Monday centers on the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Laura recovery, but the session agenda is so broadly written that dozens, if not hundreds of bills, on a long list of topics could be filed. Seventy items...

Iowa temporarily replaces 2 top Davenport school officials

Sep. 26, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Iowa school regulators temporarily removed Friday the top two officials in the Davenport school district amid concerns about inequities in discipline for minority students, inadequate special education and school safety. The State Board of Education decided to replace Superintendent...

Art Council goes 'outside the walls' during pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Over the summer, after Kalyn Fuller agreed to be the art teacher for all 1,600 elementary students at Columbus Municipal School District for the upcoming school year, she told her husband she was concerned about how the students would obtain art supplies -- or school supplies in...

FILE - In this photo Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer says movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic. She also has lifted a cap so more people in Michigan can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an order Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, requiring all preK-12 students to wear masks in classrooms, beginning Oct. 5. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP File)

Whitmer OKs theaters, bigger crowds; requires masks in K-5

Sep. 25, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that movie theaters and other venues can reopen in two weeks after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and she relaxed a cap so more people can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

Diocese declines offer to open schools in orange counties

Sep. 25, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston won't accept Gov. Jim Justice’s offer to allow private and religious schools to reopen in orange counties if students and staff get tested for the new coronavirus. Diocese spokesman Tom Bishop gave several reasons for the decision,...

Minnesota halts COVID-19 study after reports of intimidation

Sep. 25, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials have stopped a COVID-19 testing study after multiple reports that state and federal public health workers were greeted by racial and ethnic slurs as they went door-to-door. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pulled federal surveyors out of Minnesota...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...

Georgia middle school closes because of COVID-19 exposures

Sep. 24, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — In-person classes been called off for two weeks at a Georgia middle school after more than 90 students and staff were exposed to the coronavirus. The Monroe County school system said Thursday in a news release that all students at Monroe County Middle School in Forsyth would shift to...

Dozens of Iowa students quarantine as virus cases rise

Sep. 24, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

Dozens of students in Iowa schools were quarantined after both staff and students tested positive for the coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. An Iowa elementary school...