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Lead found in drinking water at Hawaii public schools

Jul. 23, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Testing of drinking water at Hawaii's public schools found at least 93 faucets and fountains have elevated concentrations of lead. The contaminated water was found among 2,232 sampled taps at 58 schools on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, the Honolulu...

In shift, GOP ramps up vaccine push as resistance hardens

Jul. 23, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some cases, stoking —...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 23, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Video...

Fraction of schools' relief funds budgeted for learning loss

Jul. 23, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico schools plan to spend the bulk of the federal coronavirus relief money they've received on technology and building upgrades rather than student learning loss. A report this week before the New Mexico Legislature's budget committee showed...

More communities recommend masks amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Jul. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Cambridge and Nantucket are joining Provincetown as the latest Massachusetts communities to recommend donning face masks indoors again as new outbreaks of COVID-19 are emerging in the Bay State. Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey also said Thursday that the...

The Latest: Australia state declares emergency over COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the...

Chicago schools requiring masks when schools reopen in fall

Jul. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday its students, teachers and staff will be required to wear masks indoors when they return to classrooms in August. In a letter to parents, Chief Executive Officer José Torres said the policy is based on feedback...

Atlanta schools to require masks for all students, staff

Jul. 22, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Public Schools will implement a “universal mask wearing” policy in all of its school buildings when the new school year starts Aug. 5, the district announced Thursday. In a statement, the school system cited the dangers of the Delta variant of...

Kansas pins hopes on stopping delta variant on vaccinations

Jul. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday pinned Kansas' hopes of keeping the COVID-19 delta variant in check on more people getting inoculated because it is spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated. Kelly acknowledged that there's not enough time before K-12...

Some school districts discussing return to mask mandates

Jul. 22, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

Students and staff in the Kansas City public school district will likely be required to wear masks when school starts next month because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region, a district official said. No final decision has been made but Sara Williams, a COVID-19...