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Kentucky posts lowest number of new COVID cases in months

Oct. 25, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky last week reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in 11 weeks as many key benchmarks continued dropping in the fight against the virus, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. The Democratic governor made a concerted pitch for eligible...

COVID cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

Oct. 25, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals are showing signs of strain, and cold weather is setting in. The number of new...

Beshear: GOP leaders rebuff overture on essential-worker pay

Oct. 25, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican legislative leaders rejected a request to appoint members to a group to discuss using federal pandemic aid to reward frontline workers with bonuses, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. Instead, in yet another reflection...

Boston begins clearing homeless camp, citing opioid crisis

Oct. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Boston are beginning to clear a sprawling homeless camp, citing a crisis of opioid addiction there. Workers with the Boston Public Health Commission’s Homeless Services Bureau on Monday helped people living in the encampment near the...

Judge to rule on barring union from discussing vaccine order

Oct. 25, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is expected to rule Monday about whether to extend an order barring the president of the Chicago police union from making public statements encouraging members to disobey the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Earlier this month, Cook County Judge...

Ivey directs agencies to resist COVID vaccination mandate

Oct. 25, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday directed state agencies not to cooperate with the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, where possible, and instead help with the state's efforts to file a lawsuit challenging the vaccination requirements. The...

CDC extends cruise line health rules until mid-January

Oct. 25, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Monday extended for nearly three more months its rules that cruise ships must follow to sail during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the extension makes only “minor modifications” to...

Some lawmakers, school nurses, urge governor to do more

Oct. 25, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Some lawmakers, school nurses, and other medical professionals urged Gov. Phil Scott on Monday to reinstate a state of emergency and indoor mask mandate as they say school staff, parents, hospitals and health care workers are stressed, some to their breaking point. They...

Treasury claims rental assistance helped stop eviction wave

Oct. 25, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of households receiving emergency rental assistance has increased steadily in recent months, with no major increase in people being turned out of their homes despite the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium, the Biden administration said Monday. ...

Grim milestone: Over 5,000 deaths in New Mexico from virus

Oct. 25, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reached the grim milestone of having more than 5,000 deaths from COVID-19, officials said Monday. Most of those hospitalized with the virus were unvaccinated. Ninety three percent of the 1,039 people who died in...