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Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Sep. 30, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Sept. 30 The Daily News on a recent event in Bowling Green, Kentucky that aimed to bridge gaps between law enforcement and local communities: For months, marches and protests around the country have ignited discussions about civil rights and the role of law...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London,  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  The number of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 and virus deaths in Britain are rising again, although both remain far below their springtime peak. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Britain renews sweeping powers to curb virus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

LONDON — British lawmakers have renewed the government’s sweeping powers to impose emergency restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, although many legislators criticized the way Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration has used them. Legislators are increasingly...

Boston delays further reopening; mayor cites house parties

Sep. 30, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday delayed the next step of Boston's reopening, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases that he partly blamed on a growing number of house parties. The city is on the cusp of reaching an infection rate that the state deems too high for further reopening, Walsh said....

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Sep. 30, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Sept. 30 The Times Daily on upcoming municipal runoff elections in Alabama: The one thing that would benefit the dozen candidates in next Tuesday’s municipal runoff elections most of all is a strong voter turnout. Unfortunately, history isn’t on their...

A Portland police officer pushes back protesters, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Portland. The protests, which began over the killing of George Floyd, often result frequent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Portland asks US to rescind deputization of city police

Sep. 30, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

The mayor of Portland has asked U.S. officials to end the federal deputation of dozens of police officers in Oregon's largest city as part of the response to ongoing protests in the city. Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement late Tuesday that he had “asked the U.S. Attorney’s office to withdraw the...

FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. A Bismarck marketing agency is rolling out a campaign meant to help stem the tide of rising COVID-19 cases in central North Dakota, and it comes at a time when the state leads the nation in cases per capita. Agency MABU was hired by a governor's task force in Burleigh and Morton counties that is nearly six weeks into its effort and frustrated by the lack of progress in the state's virus hotspot. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

North Dakota tries ad campaign, not mask rule, to stem virus

Sep. 30, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — COVID-19 can't hurt me because I'm young and healthy. I'm so over it. Nobody tells me what to do. Executives at a Bismarck marketing agency hired to help stem the tide of rising virus cases in central North Dakota say that's the mindset facing them with their campaign in the hot spot of...

Lake Havasu City lifts citywide mask mandate during pandemic

Sep. 30, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of a western Arizona tourist destination has lifted a citywide mask mandate originally ordered in July that required facial coverings indoors when social distancing was not possible. Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy suspended the mandate on Monday after it was...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Sep. 30, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Sept. 29 The Johnson City Press on “duty-to intervene” policies which require officers to step in when another officer is violating the law: A lawyer is required to report substantial questions regarding another lawyer’s honesty,...

Seattle to require minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

Sep. 30, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle are expected to make the same $16.39 an hour minimum wage as other workers in the city following a vote by city officials supporting new regulations. The Seattle City Council unanimously voted Tuesday on the new pay formula that requires ride-hailing...

Virginia committee opposes ban on some rally control tactics

Sep. 30, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A city council committee in Virginia's capital has voted against a proposal that would ban police from using crowd control tactics such as rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and tear gas on demonstrators, as law enforcement has during recent protests against racial injustice. The...