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California leaving: State population declines for first time

May. 07, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state, a growth streak that dated to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their...

Column: Guthrie paved the way, still hoping more will follow

May. 07, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe. “I just got a piece of fan mail from Australia,” she said Friday. “I've got a stack of fan mail about 3 feet high that I haven't...

West Virginia to lift statewide mask mandate on June 20

May. 07, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will lift its statewide mask mandate on June 20 after state officials projected more than two-thirds of eligible residents will be vaccinated against the coronavirus by then, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday. And even if that...

ASU professors say Arizona economy poised to recover jobs

May. 07, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University forecasters say the state's economy is rebounding and poised in coming months to recover all the jobs lost in 2020 due to the pandemic recession. “The forecasts are clear — it’s really onward and upward from here,”...

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...

Hijacked gloves, politicization concerns in 2020 census

May. 06, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau officials on Thursday recapped the challenges of executing the nation's head count, which included hijacked personal protective equipment for census takers, difficulty getting access to tribal lands because of pandemic restrictions and worry that...

Study: Residents left big metros during pandemic for family

May. 06, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

Cece Linder was living in a 770-square-foot apartment outside Washington, D.C., last spring when the area went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. In May 2020, after a few months of both living and working in the small space, Linder decided to leave the...

Study: Residents left big metros during pandemic for family

May. 06, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

Cece Linder was living in a 770-square-foot apartment outside Washington, D.C., last spring when the area went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. In May 2020, after a few months of both living and working in the small space, Linder decided to leave the...

New Mexico officials says 60% vaccination goal within reach

May. 05, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top state health officials said Wednesday that New Mexico is on track to meet its goal of a 60% vaccination rate for people 16 and older by the end of June that would allow the economy to reopen fully, amid new strategies aimed at breaking through hesitancy toward...

Infant mortality rate in Detroit drops from 2018 to 2019

May. 05, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Infant mortality in Detroit dropped between 2018 and 2019, officials said. Data from Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services shows there were 11 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2019 compared to 16.7 deaths for the same number of live...