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Scholastic CEO talks civil unrest, pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the pandemic shut down schools nationwide in March, Scholastic Corp. immediately pivoted, offering a free online learning hub for millions of families with kids. Two months later, civil unrest caused the company to quickly jump in and ramp up coverage on racial inequality for teachers,...

FILE - In this this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo shows Kathy Kunkel, the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, waits to speak at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Kunkel told the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, May, 15, 2020, she fears that she may not yet have had her toughest day yet in fighting the novel coronavirus in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Top New Mexico public heath official announces retirement

Jul. 3, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides. Kunkel, 69, an attorney and former pediatric social worker, cited the physical and mental demands of her work at the forefront on...

Maine stopped tens of thousands of fraudulent benefit claims

Jul. 2, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine canceled tens of thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims during a period of less than a month, its labor department said Thursday. The Maine Department of Labor has spent weeks investigating unemployment impostor fraud in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic....

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Dr. Lee Norman, top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, uses a pointer to highlight a recent surge in coronavirus cases, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman is predicting that Kansas will see steeper increases in reported coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Official suggests Kansas blew chance for coronavirus respite

Jul. 1, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official predicted Wednesday that the state will face steeper increases in coronavirus cases and suggested that it blew its chance for a summer respite from the pandemic by reopening its economy too quickly. Dr. Lee Norman, the top administrator at the state...

Pandemic forces shuffling of New Mexico horse racing meet

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With the New Mexico State Fair being called off, the horse races that usually coincide with the annual event are being cancelled too. State regulators during a special meeting Wednesday approved a motion to nix the state fair race meet. They also approved changes to the race dates...

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Shawn

Jay-Z's Made in America festival canceled due to pandemic

Jul. 1, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s annual festival in Philadelphia, Made in America, won’t take place Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company said it plans to produce the popular festival in 2021. “2020 is a year like...

Salvation Army worker Brenda Gonzalez, of Saugus, Mass., left, distributes food to an unidentified man while others impacted by the coronavirus wait in line at a Salvation Army center, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

No new COVID-19 deaths reported; Travel rules eased for some

Jun. 30, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in months, Massachusetts reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic fell from 8,095 to 8,054. Public health officials said the drop in the number of deaths was due to...

Nebraska State Fair still a go, but will be scaled back

Jun. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair is still a go but will be scaled back considerably to protect people from the coronavirus, organizers said Tuesday. The fair's board approved a slimmed-down schedule for this year's event, which is scheduled from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7. Executive Director...

Officials cancel Will County Fair over coronavirus concerns

Jun. 28, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PEOTONE, Ill. (AP) — The Will County Fair has become the latest such event to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event scheduled for late August has been in existence for over a century. Fair officials said they'd discuss options for other events at a meeting next month, including a fall...