With Tennessee lawmakers back in Nashville this week for a special session, among their highest priorities is a COVID-19 liability bill that left the House and Senate bitterly divided two months ago.
Florida's unemployment benefits are so pitiful that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn't have a choice, lawmakers said. Trump’s executive order comes with a sizable match, requiring Florida to pay $100 a week for nearly 800,000 claimants.
Since March, the Trump administration has pushed thousands of migrant children back to their home countries without legal screenings or protection, citing the risk that they could be carrying COVID-19 into the United States. But by the time the children are boarded on planes home, they’ve already tested negative.
California has fixed a public health computer database failure that distorted test results across the state. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed it on the state’s archaic technology systems, also criticized for failing to process unemployment insurance applications.
A list of Black-owned businesses circulating in New Hampshire contains more than 70 companies: from restaurants and salons, to building contractors and consultants. Occasionally, white customers won’t do business with them. Occasionally, they’ve been hostile.
Ohio will accept a deal to boost jobless assistance payments by $300 a week, but can’t afford to add another $100 on top of that. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio’s budget can’t take more spending, but the state’s regular unemployment insurance payments will fulfill that requirement.
More than 80 students, seven Tennessee teachers and staff, and a bus driver are at home because of a positive test or coming into close contact with someone who tested positive.
A federal judge overturned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limit of 50 guests at wedding receptions, a measure the Democrat put in place earlier this year to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The judge issued the ruling in a case that involved a couple that wanted to have 200 people at a wedding at a golf club.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said it will be extremely difficult — and likely impossible — for the state to provide funding needed to give California’s unemployment workers the entire $400 additional benefit President Donald Trump has announced. That benefit would cost the state an estimated $700 million each week, Newsom said.
Concerned Marylanders — some of them in the wedding business — worry that current rules do little to keep weddings in check. Maryland encourages outdoor weddings and receptions and places no blanket restrictions on them, while indoor weddings face capacity restrictions based on where they’re held.
North Carolina added just 626 coronavirus cases to its running total Monday, the smallest daily increase of new cases in more than two months. Daily increases have typically topped 1,000 statewide, and the total rose by more than 2,000 cases several times in late July.
As some students head back to school this month, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, wants the state’s public health agency to publicly release daily statistics on how many students and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19.
A federal review found that a public housing authority in Alabama let white people live in riverfront towers with scenic views and other amenities while segregating Black people in another apartment development without the frills.
Georgia voters will soon be able to go online to order an absentee ballot for the November presidential election. The state election board approved the change.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp ruled out ordering Georgia public school systems to impose mask mandates for returning students and teachers. Kemp said local education officials should decide whether to require face coverings.
Following a July of soaring COVID-19 cases, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, is relieved to see gradual improvement in August. “Your efforts are working,” the first-term governor said.
The nine-member commission tasked with choosing one design for the new Mississippi state flag announced 147 finalists. The state legislature earlier voted to remove the 1894 state flag with its divisive Confederate battle emblem.
Local officials around Minnesota are hustling to spend their share of an $841 million COVID-19 aid package from the federal CARES Act, planning to use the money on everything from child care operations and business grants to city hall remodeling projects and technology upgrades for remote work.
The Minnesota Department of Health rolled out new guidance that gives long-term care residences — which include assisted living facilities, nursing homes and memory care units — a framework for setting up policies to allow visitors more broadly than at any other time during the coronavirus pandemic.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said the state has enough money to pay the $100 a week match under the order only for a couple of weeks. Trump’s executive order extends enhanced federal unemployment payments at $400 a week — down from a previous $600 — but only if states cover 25% of those costs.
Arizona reported just 600 new COVID-19 cases, as hospitalizations for the disease continue four weeks of steady declines. Inpatient hospitalizations, intensive care unit beds in use and ventilators in use all dropped.
For the first time since June 9, Utah reported fewer than 300 new cases of the coronavirus, along with nine new deaths. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has said he wants the seven-day average to be below 400 new cases a day by Sept. 1.
Though New Jersey’s coronavirus numbers continue to improve five months into the state’s outbreak, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said it remains too risky to permit indoor dining at bars and restaurants, citing a study of a restaurant outbreak in China as evidence.
As the fall draws near, and school districts race to prepare for virtual learning, a national shortage of easy-to-use, inexpensive laptop computers is leaving some Missouri districts with waylaid shipments and delayed orders.
An independent office that oversees Washington’s prisons is recommending action to ease the situation for inmates subject to pandemic restrictions. The guidelines include more face masks and showers, expanded coronavirus testing, outdoor visits for prisoners and the potential release of more prisoners.
Oregon reported the smallest jump in coronavirus cases in a month, with state officials announcing 227 confirmed or likely new cases and one new death. It’s unclear what, if anything, the modest decline means, given that ups and downs in the numbers are normal.
Idaho has seen at least 11 outbreaks at food processing and meatpacking facilities. Health officials have speculated the outbreaks are driving a disproportionate rate of coronavirus infection among Latinos in Idaho.
The rate of residents testing positive for COVID-19 over the past two weeks was less than 1% in more than half of Massachusetts cities and towns. Yet very few districts have indicated they will reopen schools to all students full time, five days a week.
Kentucky schools shut down to in-person learning in March. At least 30 districts in the state already have announced that they would start virtually only; other districts were planning to return in mid-to-late August or around Sept. 8.