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Judge blocks Arizona laws banning school, city mask mandates

Sep. 27, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Monday struck down Republican-passed Arizona laws that block schools from requiring masks and restrict the power of local governments to impose COVID-19 requirements, the latest turn in a nationwide legal battle over pandemic rules. If it...

Lower death rates for Black moms is goal of California bill

Sep. 27, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the lowest death rates nationally among pregnant women and new mothers, but the numbers for Black mothers tell a different story. They were six times more likely to die within a year of pregnancy than white women from 2014...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 25, 2021. Editorial: Biden administration misled America on Haitian migrants The most important leadership skill for any administration is to be frank, direct and purposeful — to say what they mean and mean what they say....

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 27, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Detroit News. Sept. 22, 2021. Editorial: Courts should check Whitmer’s fundraising scam Mackinac Island — Michigan Republicans are mounting a court challenge against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move to blow past campaign fundraising laws and raise...

200K Arizona drivers getting refunds over public safety fee

Sep. 26, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of drivers will be getting $32 refund checks from the Arizona Department of Transportation. About 200,000 checks are going out in the mail this month, worth about $6.6 million, according to ADOT. The Arizona...

Official: Kentucky State University needs funds to stay open

Sep. 24, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s only public historically Black university will need emergency funding to stay open through the end of the year, Kentucky State University's vice president for finance told lawmakers Friday at a budget hearing. “We are confident...

Whitmer to nix budget provision that tries to ban mask rules

Sep. 24, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said Friday she will declare unenforceable a Republican-written budget provision that seeks to ban indoor mask requirements for children. The Democrat had been expected to block the language as unconstitutional since...

Climate change fuels California emphasis on preventing fires

Sep. 23, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Having spent billions of dollars in a losing battle to control wildfires in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved nearly $1 billion in new spending aimed at stopping the blazes before they start. California spent $3.4 billion on...

Underly: More money, less divisiveness needed for schools

Sep. 23, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's top education official on Thursday called for more civility as schools across the state wrestle with how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Jill Underly, who is in her first year as Wisconsin's superintendent of schools, denounced...

Ink barely dry on budget as Mississippi starts new one

Sep. 23, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Less than three months into the current budget year, Mississippi legislators are starting to plan for the next one. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee holds a public hearing Friday as part of the long process of deciding how the state will...