Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 12, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 12 The Palm Beach Post on reopening schools: “Trust the science.” “Trust the data.” “Trust the health experts.” It’s excellent advice. And yet, how often have our political leaders ignored it as they have balked...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs with the ball against Wisconsin during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

College football in the spring: When? How much? Who plays?

Aug. 12, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

Back in April, not long after the NCAA basketball tournaments were canceled because of the pandemic, the idea of moving the college football season to the spring of 2021 already was being tossed around. Conference commissioners and athletic directors called it a last resort. And when it looked like the fight...

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country is the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine hasn't provoked the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead the announcement was met by doubts about the science and safety of the vaccine.  (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

Science and politics tied up in global race for a vaccine

Aug. 12, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead,...

FILE — In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., ask questions during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Welch is seeking re-election in Vermont's Aug. 11, 2020, Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

Vermont Democratic US Rep. Welch challenged by GOP nurse

Aug. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

One of Vermont’s most popular elected officials, Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, said Wednesday he is planning to campaign hard and he's looking forward to debating his Republican challenger ahead of the November general election. Welch, who has served in Congress since 2007, will face Miriam Berry, an...

Georgia district struggles to teach online; quarantines grow

Aug. 12, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's largest school district struggled Wednesday to launch online learning for its 180,000 students, as parents complained that they and their students repeatedly tried and failed to log in to Gwinnett County's online system. And the largest district in Georgia that's currently trying...

Murphy approves some schools to start with all-remote option

Aug. 12, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that schools that cannot meet health and safety guidelines for an in-person start to the academic year can go with an all-remote option. The first-term Democratic governor said he will also soon sign an executive order that paves the way for...

Sports on hold in some Kansas communities amid pandemic

Aug. 12, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Youth sports are on hold in some Kansas communities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Kansas State High School Athletic Association has decided not to cancel fall activities, the Kansas City, Kansas, school board voted Tuesday to opt out, The Kansas City Star...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Aug. 12, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Aug. 10 The State Journal on enacting a law in Kentucky requiring cyclists to wear helmets: It’s been eight years since Charlie Semones, a 6-year-old Early Learning Village kindergartner, died after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Excel...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Aug. 12, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Vicksburg Post on the discovery of remains identified as a man who went missing in 2018: There is nothing we can say, or in this case, write, that would in any way ease the pain, the grief of the family of Timothy Howell Hearn. There is nothing we can...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 12, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Daily Citizen-News on Gov. Brian Kemp's stance on local control: Imagine our surprise when we learned that Gov. Brian Kemp said on Monday that it is up to local school districts and superintendents to decide whether to require students to wear masks...