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GOP govs, lawmakers supporting Mississippi anti-abortion law

Jul. 29, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

A dozen Republican governors and more than 200 GOP members of Congress are wading into a court fight over a Mississippi law to restrict abortion, the outcome of which could have implications for similar measures across the country. On Thursday, attorneys for South...

CDC mask guidance met with hostility by leading Republicans

Jul. 29, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the Republican Party’s most prominent rising stars is mocking new government recommendations calling for more widespread use of masks to blunt a coronavirus surge. “Did you not get the CDC’s memo?” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joked...

CDC mask guidance met with hostility by leading Republicans

Jul. 28, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As he rallied conservatives on Wednesday, one of the Republican Party's most prominent rising stars mocked new government recommendations calling for more widespread use of masks to blunt a coronavirus surge. “Did you not get the CDC’s...

Health officials urge masks in schools, Ivey says no mandate

Jul. 28, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama public health officials are recommending that all students and teachers wear masks this school year because of a surge in COVID-19 cases, but a spokeswoman said Gov. Kay Ivey has been “crystal clear” that there will be no state mandates to do so. ...

Shot incentives offered in Alabama despite state refusal

Jul. 27, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama city, state universities and others are offering cash and other perks for people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 despite the state's resistance to incentives aimed at improving the state's worst-in-the-nation inoculation program. ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jul. 27, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. July 21, 2021. Editorial: Taking summer off? Former Kansas Senate leader Suellentrop’s reckless DUI case idles Gene Suellentrop’s high-speed chase on Interstate 70 is sure getting slow-played in the courts. ...

Alabama offering $5 incentive for inmates to get shots

Jul. 26, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With Alabama trailing the nation in COVID-19 vaccinations, infections rising and the governor refusing incentives to encourage more people to get shots, state prisons are offering $5 canteen credits to inmates to encourage more inoculations. The...

Grant to help fund transportation building at Alabama

Jul. 25, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A $16.5 million grant will help fund a transportation research facility at the University of Alabama focused on electric vehicles, officials said. The project announced Friday was the largest portion of $23.5 million in funding approved for...

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...

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 —...