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2 Mississippi inmates die; 1 was in Colorado federal prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says one inmate has died at an in-state prison and another man convicted in Mississippi has died at a federal prison in Colorado. Thomas C. Parker, 40, died Tuesday at Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale. He was serving life...

Passersby walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dedham, Mass. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

Sep. 24, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, a watch tower at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, Utah. The Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison have been placed under a 24-hour lockdown after authorities believe the general inmate populations were exposed to COVID-19. The state Department of Corrections tells The Deseret News that the facilities went into lockdown Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, around 3 p.m. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

Utah State Prison locked down after possible virus exposure

Sep. 24, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison have been placed under a 24-hour lockdown after authorities believe the general inmate populations were exposed to COVID-19. The state Department of Corrections said the facilities went into lockdown...

Prison holding geriatric prisoners reports 11th virus death

Sep. 24, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CAPRON, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials are reporting an 11th coronavirus-related death at facility that is home to many geriatric and otherwise vulnerable prisoners. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that the facility is the Deerfield Correctional Center. It's a e 925-inmate prison in...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 23, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy The New York Times Sept. 19 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87, will forever have two legacies. The one Americans could be focusing on right now is the one of legal...

Egypt: 3 police killed as 4 convicts attempt prison bust

Sep. 23, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian police officers were killed when four men, convicted on terror-related charges and awaiting their death sentences, attempted on Wednesday to escape from a notorious Cairo prison, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry, which oversees the country’s police and prisons,...

Ten inmate deaths reported at Virginia prison from COVID-19

Sep. 23, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten inmates at a Virginia prison which holds many elderly and otherwise vulnerable inmates have died from COVID-19, officials said. Deerfield Correctional Center, which is located in Capron, 69 miles (111 kilometers) south of Richmond, has an assisted living unit and infirmary and...

Audit finds Iowa prisons director appointment mishandled

Sep. 23, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit released this week asserts that Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections in a process that violated state law. Reynolds named department veteran Beth Skinner as director in June 2019, replacing retiring interim Director Dan Craig,...

More inmates accused of fraudulently seeking jobless checks

Sep. 23, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eighteen inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons and two girlfriends of inmates on the outside have been charged in what authorities describe as a scheme to fraudulently obtain jobless benefits for ineligible prisoners, prosecutors said Wednesday. The 20 sets of charges were announced...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...