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$300M in emergency loans OK'd; New York restrictions imposed

Mar. 26, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday approved as much as $300 million in emergency borrowing to help the state pay its bills with the economy virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo told House and Senate leaders the extraordinary measure is needed because the...

Deal reached in case involving Chicago's Puerto Rican parade

Mar. 21, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general's office has reached a settlement in a bankruptcy case involving a group that organized an annual Puerto Rican parade and festival in Chicago that was under investigation for allegations of theft and deceptive practices. As part of the deal, the Puerto Rican...

Volunteer Michaela Lawrence hands out meals to families with students at Hilsman Middle School in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Meals will be handed out each morning from 8:00a.m. to 10:00p.m. at Hilsman Middle School in Oglethorpe Elementary as well as others delivered by bus due to caronavirus.  (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Georgia's virus deaths rise, senator says he has coronavirus

Mar. 18, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials confirmed Wednesday that two COVID-19 patients have died in southwest Georgia, one of the hardest-hit areas outside metro Atlanta from the global outbreak. That brought the statewide death toll to three. The news came as state Sen. Brandon Beach, an Alpharetta Republican,...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Mar. 18, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ March 17 The Savannah Morning News on the city's St. Patrick's Day without a parade: As Savannah St. Patrick’s Days go, the 2020 edition was memorable. Plenty of parking near the parade route. Trash-free squares. A soundtrack absent of bagpipes, fife and drums...

Sinn Fein Society members Bill Bradley, center, and John Lowenthal, right, walk the St. Patrick's Day parade route in downtown Savannah, Ga, Tuesday, March, 17, 2020. Last week Savannah's mayor announced the city's 196-year-old St. Patrick's Day parade was called off due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

`Really strange': Virus fears shrivel Savannah St. Pat's

Mar. 17, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — There were no bagpipers, no marching bands with booming drums, and no cheering crowds. Just two men in green blazers carrying a large Irish flag as they trudged along largely abandoned sidewalks. “It's really strange,” said Bill Bradley, carrying the flag on its long...

Subway customers wears masks on a crowded car heading downtown, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City residents should be prepared for the possibility of a “shelter in place” order within days. De Blasio said Tuesday no decision had been made yet, but he wants city and state officials to make a decision within 48 hours given given the fast spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Shelter in place? NYC braces but governor knocks idea down

Mar. 17, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City residents should be prepared for the possibility of a “shelter-in-place” order within days, though the state's governor immediately knocked that down, saying people weren't about to be confined to their homes. State officials on Tuesday...

Coronavirus dampens Montana's St. Patrick's Day celebration

Mar. 17, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Irish flag flew over the Montana Capitol on Tuesday, keeping alive one St. Patrick's Day tradition even as celebrations and parades were canceled across the state because of the coronovirus outbreak. With ample space between them, a nod to the precautions being taken to curb the...

A friendly reminder regarding personal hygiene in light of the spreading coronavirus was posted on the Austinburg First United Church in Austinburg Township, Ohio, bulletin board on Monday March 16, 2020. (Warren Dillaway/The Star-Beacon via AP)

Election postponed, graduations canceled over virus in Ohio

Mar. 17, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio marked St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday with no parades and no primary election over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order late Monday shutting down polls Tuesday after a judge refused to stop the election. A look at the latest developments...

Sinn Fein Society members Bill Bradley, left, and John Lowenthal, right, walk the sidewalk of the St. Patrick's Day parade route in downtown Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Last week, Savannah's mayor announced the city's 196-year-old St. Patrick's Day parade was called off due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

When Irish eyes are absent: Virus subdues St. Patrick's Day

Mar. 17, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — St. Patrick's Day revelers across the world tried to salvage the holiday with makeshift celebrations after parades and parties were scrapped and residents were urged to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. It was the first St. Patrick's Day in more than 250 years...

Des Moines bans large public events because of virus

Mar. 15, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines officials have banned gatherings of more than 250 people on public property and cancelled the city's St. Patrick's Day parade because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie announced those moves Sunday when he declared a state of emergency in...