In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Trenton, some of the nation’s largest theater chains filed suit against New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, challenging the continued closure of the state’s movie theaters as unconstitutional.
The Mississippi legislature’s two presiding officers, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, 73, a Republican, in the Senate and House Speaker Philip Gunn, 57, also a Republican, are at home quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19. They are among a growing number of legislators who have tested positive.
The Democratic mayor of Atlanta said she doesn’t agree with Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point.
Minnesota state lawmakers will get another chance to pass police accountability measures into law next week, with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz planning to call a special legislative session for the second time this summer.
Tennessee prison officials are proceeding with an execution next month despite COVID-19 outbreaks across the state that could complicate protocols and jeopardize last-minute legal moves.
A judge ruled that Maine’s pioneering and strict internet privacy law is not preempted by federal law, according to a ruling that scathingly rebuked a main argument from internet service providers.
The Hawaii legislature passed a policing change bill that would make public the identities of police officers who have been suspended or discharged, putting them on equal footing with other public agency employees.
Supporters of a proposed ballot measure to enact wide-ranging election changes in North Dakota have submitted their petitions to state election officials.
Colorado is not experiencing the same surges as states such as Arizona, Texas, Florida and California. But the state’s rate of positive coronavirus test results has jumped since the first week of June, meaning that transmission of COVID-19 is increasing.
Rep. Joanne Osborne, a Republican, is the second state legislator and among more than 100,000 Arizonans known to have contracted the disease.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, has proposed slashing and shifting hundreds of millions of dollars from agency budgets and other programs to close an estimated $1.2 billion shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
As fire season gets started, California state firefighters are taking a 7.5% pay cut in exchange for two flexible days off every month under a one-year agreement with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration. Newsom mandated the reductions to help close a projected $54 billion budget deficit.
The state’s top public health specialists, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and the epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers are urging Mississippians to stop “foolish behavior,” as Dobbs said, because COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing.
Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, wants school systems across Virginia to change the names of schools honoring Confederate leaders. In a letter to the heads of school boards in the state, Northam says the names and mascots have a "traumatizing impact on students, families, teachers and staff of all backgrounds."
North Carolinians no longer need a doctor’s referral to get a coronavirus test under a new plan announced by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. The move is aimed at making it easier for people to get tested and for the state to track the results.
Dane County public health officials are requiring all residents to wear face masks indoors unless they're at home — the first order in Wisconsin mandating the protective gear against the coronavirus.
Colorado is suing e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, Inc., alleging the company intentionally marketed its products to youth and misrepresented them as a healthy alternative to cigarettes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied multiple requests for a mega-COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix, Arizona, according to Democratic Mayor Kate Gallego.
Vermont colleges will be required to follow a series of guidelines in order to hold in-person classes this fall, including mandatory COVID-19 testing for all students.
The District of Columbia Council eliminated some tax breaks for businesses but rejected an income tax hike for the wealthy during a contentious budget debate, amid warnings that revenue is likely to decline further as the coronavirus decimates the economy.
Because of the pandemic, Connecticut communities that are revaluating property for upcoming tax bills are ditching or delaying requirements for full inspections of homes and businesses.
More than 2,300 people have signed an online petition calling on Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo to free up some of the state’s $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus aid to help small businesses stay afloat.
Businesses across Washington are no longer allowed to serve customers who aren’t wearing a facial covering. Some say it will make it easier to enforce mask policies they already have in place.
Coronavirus cases have been steadily on the rise among Oregonians in their 20s since the beginning of June, and now total 21% of all cases in the state. In Lane County, home to the University of Oregon, there’s a commonality among the new COVID-19 cases: house parties.
Florida congressional Democrats blasted Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over the state’s spike in coronavirus cases, calling for him to issue a statewide mask-wearing order, shut down beaches and not force schools to open next month.
Michigan will join four other states in a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over how to distribute pandemic relief money to schools. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said that a rule issued by DeVos would divert to private schools money that Congress provided to help public schools.
The New Mexico program offers $400 million in low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits damaged by the coronavirus crisis, as well as $50 million for local governments that lost tax revenue.
As Oklahoma reported its largest single-day increase of new COVID-19 cases, a metro hospital announced it is reopening a temporarily shuttered hospital as it seeks more room for patients.
With a key indicator of the contagion inching upward, New Jersey is now calling for people traveling from three more states — including neighboring Delaware — to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the Garden State to protect against the coronavirus.
After months of demurring over making masks mandatory, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new health order that will require them in the seven Ohio counties that are classified as red under the state’s new coronavirus warning system.
After slowly falling for two years, the number of Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid shot up by 10% to 1.45 million as tens of thousands of people lost their jobs — and typically, their employer-provided health insurance — following the shutdown of the state’s economy in March.