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Florida reports 187 new coronavirus deaths, 8,500 new cases

Aug. 8, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coronavirus numbers remain high as in-person early voting begins ahead of the state's primary and some school districts prepare to reopen on Monday. Florida reported 187 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, bringing the state's total to 8,238. That pushes the average...

Families create 'learning pods' amid uncertain school year

Aug. 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The unprecedented uncertainty whipped up by COVID-19 just weeks before the start of the school year is prompting an increasing number of parents to pursue what amounts to an academic side hustle — small-group “learning pods” that families hope will bring some stability...

Oahu students to start school year with distance learning

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Amid an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, public school students on Oahu will begin the academic year with distance learning only, officials announced Friday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that most students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from...

Kentucky teacher union calls for delay of school reopenings

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's teacher union is calling on school officials to delay the beginning of in-class instruction until the state's COVID-19 positivity rate drops. The Kentucky Education Association released a statement Friday calling on schools to start the year with virtual learning from home....

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Aug. 7, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor's decision clears the way for...

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, during the sixth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City, Nev. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Nevada passes virus liability and worker protection "deal"

Aug. 6, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers voted to shield certain industries from coronavirus-related legal liability and require hotels and casinos to enact worker protection measures after days of complicated negotiations with Gov. Steve Sisolak's office and the state's most powerful labor and business...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 5, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 6 The Khaleej Times on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon: In times of adversity it is incumbent upon brother nations and, indeed, the whole world to share the grief and the burden of the loss. What happened in Beirut is a disaster of huge...

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, announces CPS will begin the school year with remote learning, at a news conference in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction. The city's decision to abandon its plan to have students attend...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The governor announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. She also created an advisory council of Black leaders. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer takes steps to combat racism, reports case plateau

Aug. 5, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

NYC checkpoint plan announced, unions question school plans

Aug. 5, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers coming to New York City from 35 states and territories on the state's COVID-19 quarantine list may be met at bridges and train stations and told to fill out travel forms under a program announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The city plans to set up checkpoints at Penn Station and...