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Schools get the brunt of latest COVID wave in South Carolina

Sep. 18, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter. Classes, schools and entire districts have gone virtual, leaving parents frustrated and teachers quitting weeks into the school...

Young adult prison suggested for youth center property

Sep. 17, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire could solve two problems at once by replacing its youth detention center with two much smaller facilities and using the sprawling juvenile campus to house young adult inmates instead, a former state official told lawmakers this week. ...

SC's 2nd largest school district to start enforcing masks

Sep. 17, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Starting Monday, every student in South Carolina's second largest school district will have to wear a mask inside schools or have to go to online learning. Charleston County schools passed a mask rule in August, but waited until this week to put...

NC House speaker: Budget, new maps are goals for October

Sep. 15, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are aiming to finalize a North Carolina state government budget and complete redistricting by the end of October, House Speaker Tim Moore said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after a House floor session, Moore...

Council votes against extending Planned Parenthood contract

Sep. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Executive Council decided Wednesday against extending contracts for three family planning services that provide abortions, denying them funding they have counted on for years for cancer screenings, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and other...

Lawmakers, Whitmer announce deal to finalize state budget

Sep. 15, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Top lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration announced a deal Wednesday to finalize the next state budget. They had waited to work out spending plans for state departments and funding for universities, community colleges and local...

2nd largest South Carolina school district to enforce masks

Sep. 14, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's second-largest school district plans to begin enforcing its requirement that everyone in the building wear masks. The Charleston County School Board voted Monday to use federal money to enforce its mask requirement for its 48,000...

Judge weighs challenge to Arizona ban on school mask mandate

Sep. 13, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge was considering whether to overturn several new Arizona laws that restrict the power of cities, counties and school districts to impose COVID-19 restrictions like mask mandates after hearing arguments in the case Monday. A coalition of educators,...

Kentucky General Fund receipts post strong growth in August

Sep. 13, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's General Fund receipts in August increased 12.5% from a year ago, continuing the strong upswing in revenue collections, the state said. Revenues for the month totaled $937.7 million, compared to $833.8 million in August 2020, state Budget...

Here's what the California Legislature did this year

Sep. 11, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers finished their work for the 2021 legislative session Friday night, just four days before voting concludes in a statewide recall election targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Whatever the outcome of the recall election,...