Latest U.S. National Guard News

Over 150 National Guard troops come home for Thanksgiving

Nov. 27, 2020 3:13 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — After a 10 month deployment, over 150 Rhode Island National Guard troops returned home on Thanksgiving night. WPRI-TV reports that 157 men and women from the 115th Military Police Company landed at T.F. Green Airport Thursday and were bused to the Community College of Rhode Island...

Minnesota National Guard chaplains bow during a prayer after a time of devotion Oct. 19, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The role of faith leaders who serve as National Guard chaplains has grown more crucial, and more challenging, as thousands of soldiers and airmen, most of them in their 20s, have been increasingly deployed not only in long-lasting overseas wars but in civil unrest across a deeply polarized United States, including the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

Nov. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reflecting on a polarized nation in the throes of a bitterly fought election, Stephanie Christoffels started the communal prayer at a fall training of her fellow Minnesota National Guard chaplains by reminding them of Christianity’s two greatest commandments: to love God and...

FILE - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.  Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak.    (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Walz indicates bipartisan COVID relief could come next week

Nov. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that a bipartisan pandemic relief package may materialize as soon as next week to provide assistance to businesses hurt by the shutdown meant to slow the spread of the virus Walz said during a tour of a Brooklyn Park warehouse facility where he was helping to...

People make their way at a departure lobby of Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Japan is scaling back on the government-backed “GoTo” campaign to encourage travel and dining out, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a record for the third day straight, Saturday. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan's virus cases hit record for fourth day

Nov. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EST

TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday. Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of the harder hit nations. But fears are growing...

Texas National Guard to help El Paso morgues with virus dead

Nov. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Texas National Guard has sent a 36-member team to El Paso to assist morgues in the border region with the number of dead as a result of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Statewide, the Texas health department on Saturday reported a one-day high of 12,597 new virus...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Nov. 19, 2020 5:28 PM EST

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Is the Gem State simply ungovernable? Nov. 18 The Lewiston Tribune Faced with a third wave of COVID-19, Gov. Brad Little on Friday sounded like someone who believes Idaho is ungovernable. Could you blame him? The news is getting worse. Johns Hopkins University says Idaho...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, left, talks to his communications director, Max Reiss, as they head to a news conference at Gay City State Park in Hebron, Conn. On Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, Reiss identified himself as the senior staff member who had tested positive for COVID-19 in a release posted to Twitter. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Nunez-Smith says Biden, Trump advisors need to work together

Nov. 16, 2020 6:26 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Yale professor who co-chairs President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board says she is optimistic that President Donald Trump’s coronavirus advisors will work with her group during the transition. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith said there has been no...

Three Fargo officers hurt in fight during traffic stop

Nov. 13, 2020 5:46 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three Fargo police officers were hurt in a fight with man during a traffic stop. The incident began early Friday morning when police responded to reports of an impaired driver near the Air National Guard base, KFGO reported. Officers located the vehicle and discovered a 22-year-old...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 13, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Public education deserves a champion Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board Nov. 12 Connecticut educators have made this clear: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos let them down. We join them in looking...

Idaho governor ups restrictions, mobilizes national guard

Nov. 13, 2020 5:02 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday mobilized the Idaho National Guard and restricted group sizes to 10 or fewer to fight the coronavirus as infections and deaths surge across the state. The Republican governor during the remotely held news conference said the moves are needed because...