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WA Democratic lawmakers decry pause of Pierce County

May. 06, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is receiving criticism from lawmakers in his own party over his shifting economic reopening plan, with a group of Pierce County Democrats threatening the possibility of a special legislative session following the governor’s recent...

Governor says Utah won't mandate masks in schools next fall

May. 06, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor said Thursday the state has no plans to require masks for students in K-12 schools next fall, following months of mounting pressure from parents calling for the mandate's end. Republican Gov. Spencer Cox has previously defended his...

Kansas House approves medical marijuana; Senate won't follow

May. 06, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House voted for the first time Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but Republican leaders signaled the Senate wouldn't consider the bill in the final days of the legislative session. Before the House advanced the measure...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations

May. 06, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have resumed large group tours with safety measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and being tested with 72 hours before the trip or showing proof of vaccination. ...

Grid manager assures ample electric power for Texas summer

May. 06, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The group that manages the grid that provides electric power to most of Texas assured Thursday that its latest assessment showed the grid was expected to provide sufficient power to meet peak summer demand. However, the Electric Reliability Council...

Man accused of lying about large group hike at Grand Canyon

May. 06, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Washington state man is accused of defying federal regulations that limit the number of people who can hike rim-to-rim at Grand Canyon National Park. Joseph Don Mount, of Chehalis, organized a trip in October with more than 150 people who hiked...

Navajo Nation reports no COVID deaths for 4th time in 5 days

May. 06, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 13 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths for the fourth time in the last five days. Tribal health officials said the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago now is 30,565 on the...

The Latest: LA, San Fran opening business despite infections

May. 06, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles and San Francisco are reopening for more business under California’s least restrictive coronavirus safety rules, even though these counties have more infections than many others. State data shows nearby Orange and San Bernardino counties have...

Western, Central Washington universities to require vaccines

May. 06, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Western Washington University in Bellingham and Central Washington University in Ellensburg will require students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when in-person classes begin this fall. Western University President Sabah...

Louisiana House votes for $36B budget, federal aid spending

May. 06, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $36.4 billion operating budget for next year, packed with pay raises for teachers, college professors and corrections workers as the state faces few of the financial woes of prior years amid an influx of federal...