Ignoring pleas from Republican leaders, Missouri voters approved a plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 230,000 low-income people in the state, as 53% of voters supported the measure. Missouri now joins 37 other states that have expanded the federally subsidized health insurance program.
The resignation of Dr. Oxiris Barbot, New York City’s health commissioner since 2018, came after Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio stripped her agency of a key virus-tracing program.
Seven governors have formed a first-of-its-kind purchasing compact to pressure companies that make rapid-detection tests to quickly ramp up production. Each state — Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia — would request 500,000 rapid tests, for a total of 3.5 million that could be deployed to address outbreaks.
Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds pushed back at school districts threatening to ignore a state mandate on in-person learning, saying they would not receive credit for those days of instruction. Her statement came a day after two Iowa school districts said they plan to defy the mandate that at least 50% of classes be held in person this fall.
Alaska state prosecutors have ruled all the dozens of killings by police and troopers since 2015 to be justifiable homicide.
Only one week before the Aug. 11 presidential primary, town clerks say that more than 20,000 Connecticut voters who requested absentee ballots haven’t received them yet due to a mix-up by the state, leaving local officials racing to get them in the hands of voters in time for the election.
The lawsuit, backed by Minnesota Republican legislators, is the 11th legal challenge to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s COVID-19 restrictions.
As students and parents prepare to return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic in South Carolina, it is unclear whether each school will have a full-time nurse, a top official said. A school official said she could not guarantee it.
Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes with mask-optional policies face more questions about Georgia COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder to shoulder.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he is leaving it to school districts in Wisconsin whether they should have in-person classes this fall as Republican legislators continue to press him on the issue.
In the midst of a heated nationwide debate on sending children back to school during the coronavirus pandemic, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a statewide mask mandate for students headed to in-person school this fall.
Three Tennessee school districts that started school last week with extra safety precautions reported positive COVID-19 cases. All three districts are using a staggered schedule.
Delaware will provide free COVID-19 testing for teachers and staff before the school year begins, and monthly throughout the school year using an at-home testing option. Schools across the state also will host community testing sites for students wishing to get tested before school starts.
As the opening date for Alabama schools creeps ever closer, school districts across the state are shifting plans, some to virtual learning, others to a model bringing smaller groups of students back on alternate days of the week.
Going against the advice of the state’s top health officer and other Mississippi medical experts, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced admittedly “piecemeal” orders that allow most schools to reopen now even as the state sees record numbers of COVID-19 cases.
Health officials in multiple California counties say the electronic system used by most local health departments statewide to report data on infectious diseases is experiencing “serious” technical issues, resulting in coronavirus cases being significantly undercounted.
Virginia schools won't receive normal accreditation ratings from the state Department of Education again in 2021-22. Instead, schools will be assigned a rating of "Accreditation Waived," the same as last school year.
Democratic Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser fired off two more coronavirus-related cease-and-desist letters this week, this time aiming to stomp out plans for upcoming concerts at a horse-racing center. The letters are the 33th and 34th sent during the pandemic to enforce Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ executive orders.
The Nevada bill would create an outline of enhanced cleaning policies for large casinos and hotels in Las Vegas and Reno; enhanced protections for workers at those casinos and hotels; and, most contentiously, broad immunity from COVID-19 related litigation for businesses, government agencies including schools and nonprofits, but not hospitals or health care facilities.
Emergency actions taken last May to halt a massive fraud in Washington’s unemployment system prevented at least $200 million in additional losses on top of the more than half-a-billion dollars taken by scammers, officials said.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, a Republican, said he will fight challenges by inmates to gain freedom after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of the state.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said New Hampshire will cover any costs associated with new de-escalation and bias training for police officers, rather than leave that to local police departments.