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Band students take field with musician-friendly face masks

Oct. 31, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — When the marching band from Fort Myers High school took the field at halftime Thursday night, the students modeled a specially made face mask that is built with health, safety and functionality in mind. The cloth mask features an opening around the mouth, allowing musicians to play...

FILE - In this Thursday April 25, 2019 file photo, Sen. Del Marsh talk with the media about the lottery bill during a recess in the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. Longtime Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 that he will not seek reelection to the Alabama Legislature. Marsh told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he was ready to move on after more than two decades in Montgomery.  (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Marsh won't seek reelection

Oct. 30, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Longtime Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said Friday that he will not seek reelection in 2022. Marsh, a Republican from Anniston, is in his sixth term in the Alabama Senate and has been elected president pro tempore, the chamber's most powerful position, three times....

California Gov. says his kids "phasing back" into classrooms

Oct. 30, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday his children are among those resuming in-person classes after months of distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom, whose four children attend private school, said he believes children learn best in the classroom and his...

700 virus cases reported last week in Alabama public schools

Oct. 30, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama public schools reported 723 cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and employees in the last week, according to a new state dashboard that debuted Friday. It shows the number of cases reported by school systems to the state, but not numbers by individual schools....

Maine ban on tuition payments to religious schools is upheld

Oct. 30, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Maine’s exclusion of religious schools from a high school tuition voucher program, upholding the law after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Montana case seemed to open the door to more public funding for parochial schools. The...

Virus catching up to New Hampshire's northernmost county

Oct. 30, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus is catching up to New Hampshire's northernmost county. In Coos County, with an increasing number of positive COVID-19 tests, WMUR-TV reports Berlin and Gorham emergency management officials moved to recommend residents not participate in door-to-door trick-or-treating...

Gov: Stop holding parties, attending youth sports events

Oct. 30, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday reduced the maximum number of people allowed at casual social gatherings from 15 to 10, barred spectators from youth sporting events, closed indoor sports facilities, and ordered businesses to remind customers to wear masks in an effort to stem a rising wave of new...

Leader of Spokane County health district no longer on job

Oct. 30, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The top health officer of the Spokane Regional Health District is no longer on the job in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Spokesman-Review reported Friday that Dr. Bob Lutz was fired or asked to resign by the board of the health district. At a news conference, district...

Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

Oct. 30, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom. However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks for a receiver during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Seattle. Wilson and his Grammy-winning wife, pop singer Ciara, are putting their money and celebrity behind rebranding a charter school, which advocates hope will boost the troubled Washington state charter school sector that has suffered from enrollment problems after years of legal challenges. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Russell Wilson stays busy on and off the NFL field

Oct. 30, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

While he’s leading the NFL in touchdown passes and directing the highest-scoring offense in the league, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is staying busy with philanthropic efforts away from the field. This week Wilson and his wife Ciara announced they are contributing $1.75 million to a charter...