The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation was not officially terminated at Oklahoma statehood, as justices issued a decision that may upend state jurisdiction in much of eastern Oklahoma. The state attorney general’s office has warned of hundreds of criminal convictions being overturned.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, a Democrat, has asked New Jersey's highest court to allow him to identify state police troopers who have been disciplined in the last 20 years after another panel of judges stalled his plans.
As school districts in coronavirus hotspots threaten to defy the state’s order to reopen schools full time in August, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down, saying schools are an essential activity that must continue. But the governor cannot force school districts to open.
Mississippi's five largest hospitals had no intensive care unit beds available for patients by midweek because of a surge in coronavirus cases, officials reported. Four more hospitals had 5% or less of those beds available.
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's office said mask requirements adopted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, and leaders of other cities are “unenforceable,” but stopped short of threatening legal action to block them.
Pennsylvania will offer another reprieve for the thousands of tenants struggling to pay rent because of the coronavirus outbreak, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced, after Democratic lawmakers and advocates urged him to act.
Facing a staff shortage as they see an increased number of COVID-19 patients, a South Carolina hospital is considering asking the National Guard for assistance.
An amended lawsuit challenging Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plans to take down the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond questions the governor's powers under state law to order its removal.
Arizona reported another 4,057 COVID-19 cases and 75 more known deaths as hospitals continue to see high numbers of patients. Inpatient hospitalizations and ventilators in use by suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients both hit new records.
The decision largely gives a nod — for now, at least — to Wisconsin's Republican legislature exercising greater authority over the Democratic-controlled executive branch, and especially the attorney general.
The coronavirus has forced California firefighters to reevaluate training, alter daily life and change strategies for combating blazes.
Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plan generally bars gyms from opening yet, but some gyms are open under a loophole that allows those with a doctor’s prescription to work out. Gyms are citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying no one is required to disclose medical conditions or disabilities.
The sheriff’s office in Madison County, Alabama, cited safety concerns among the reasons inmates aren’t allowed masks. But outside the jail, a county order requires most people to wear face coverings in public.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, has eschewed new restrictions that other states have put in place to stem a new resurgence of the coronavirus, instead offering up a strategy of promoting compliance with existing rules.
The number of hospital beds available to treat critically ill patients is dropping across Georgia as COVID-19 hospitalizations soar past previous highs, raising alarms that time is running out to slow the spread of the virus before medical facilities reach crisis levels.
Four months after the first big COVID-19 layoffs, Washington state has yet to hit bottom in pandemic-related job losses, even as federal benefits are set to expire and health concerns slow the reopening of the economy.
As case numbers skyrocket in many states, Oregon officials are worried the state might face a future testing shortage as states drastically up their demand for supplies.
Leaders of Idaho’s largest hospital systems warned this week that more and more patients are arriving with COVID-19, and health care institutions fear an impending crisis.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, is mandating masks and limiting social gatherings by early next week in Harrison, Jackson and 11 other counties with high spread of COVID-19, he said.
The Hawaii Department of Health Food Safety Branch will issue red placards, temporarily suspending the operations of restaurants, bars and other eateries that do not comply with rules that include physical distancing and the wearing of masks.
As Texas continues to report record coronavirus infections, a lack of workers willing to run polling sites is forcing election officials in two major counties to scale back plans for the July 14 primary runoff elections. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to not require voters to wear masks is driving some poll workers away.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to impose stricter mask laws amid a spike in Michigan coronavirus cases and mounting evidence that some residents aren’t taking precautions seriously.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said Coloradans need to be better about limiting their exposure to other people as he announced that the incidence of coronavirus is growing in the state.
As Utah reports 601 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and four new deaths, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced his decision to expand his limited mask mandate to include students, faculty, staff and visitors at K-12 schools.
State officials presented $233 million in proposed cuts from the health care budget that will slash key programs for low-income Nevadans and significantly pare back mental health services to ease a budget crisis caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A Minnesota Department of Education survey found that while the largest share of parents would send their children back to school, one-third are uncomfortable with or unsure about schools reopening.
In the four months since Missourians learned that COVID-19 had arrived in the state, it has become easier for residents to find out whether their community’s cases are rising, flat or declining. But many still are noticing inconsistencies in the numbers, as health departments struggle to gather and report information in real time.
When New York released a study absolving the state as well as nursing homes and other health care facilities of blame for the more than 6,000 COVID-related nursing home deaths, health care industry leaders quickly confirmed the state’s findings. But many of those leaders have close ties with the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A new tally released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health shows that the coronavirus is the likely cause of nearly twice as many deaths in April of this year compared to 2019. A total of 4,870 residents died in April of 2020, by comparison last April there were 2,663 deaths.
A federal appeals court overturned a lower court's order halting a 2019 Indiana law that criminalizes smokable hemp. Indiana legislators last year passed a law legalizing the commercial production of hemp and setting up a regulatory process; they also banned smokable hemp.
Kansas foster children will no longer sleep overnight in offices or be shuttled from home to home and, for the first time, will receive mental health screening when they enter care.
Plans for Maine’s seven-campus system also include limited access to single-occupancy dorm rooms and a delay until at least January in fall and winter sports.
Arkansas GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state would move back the start for the 2020-21 school year. The move comes as the number of coronavirus infections has been rising.
Everyone attending religious services in Ohio’s hardest-hit COVID counties must wear a mask except the “officiant,” under a new state health order.
The wearing of masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 will be mandatory in Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced after noting the state’s new number of infections has lifted out of its plateau and is on the rise.