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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/5

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/5

NY: In reversal, New York City will close schools and businesses in hard-hit areas

nytimes.com

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he intended to “rewind” the reopening in nine neighborhoods in New York City that have had a testing positivity rate of more than 3% over the last seven days.

TX: Governor: New criminal allegations against Texas AG ‘raise serious concerns’

dallasnews.com

Top Texas Republicans expressed concerns over new allegations that Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton was bribed and abused his office.

MS: Mississippi residents will not be required to wear a mask to vote

sunherald.com

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, a Republican, said he can’t make others wear a mask when they vote, calling it "unconstitutional." He is requiring all poll workers wear masks, he said, because they are there on a voluntary basis.

MI: Michigan AG will not enforce emergency orders

freep.com

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said she will no longer enforce Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders, which were made during the coronavirus pandemic, through criminal prosecution.

MA: Under new law, even death can’t stop some Massachusetts voters this election

bostonglobe.com

Under a temporary pandemic-era law passed this summer, voters who legally submit an absentee ballot and then die before Election Day will still have their votes counted in Massachusetts, in perhaps the most consequential presidential election in a generation.

OH: Ohio far surpasses 2010's census response rate, despite coronavirus, other challenges

dispatch.com

The occupants of about 30% more Ohio households responded to the 2020 census compared with the 2010 census.

LA: Louisiana House approves 8 plans to curb governor's anti-coronavirus rules

theadvocate.com

The Republican-led Louisiana House easily approved eight proposals that would restrict or suspend Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' orders aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic.

GA: Some Georgia voters await ballot delivery

ajc.com

It’s taking longer than some Georgia voters expected to receive their absentee ballots.

NY: New York state task force deployed to ‘hot spot’ neighborhoods

timesunion.com

A New York State Liquor Authority task force that has been cracking down on restaurants and bars that violate COVID-19 rules has been tasked with enforcing mask-wearing in "hot-spot" communities, many of them Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, that have seen a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

MD: Anxiety, preparations surround start of jury trials in Maryland

baltimoresun.com

Maryland judges rebuilt courtrooms with Plexiglas shields, stocked masks and thermometers, even found space off-site to assemble jurors in fire halls and fairgrounds.

WV: West Virginia lawmaker resigns after allegedly making anti-gay slurs

wvgazettemail.com

A Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates resigned Saturday night after Facebook chat messages were released in which he allegedly used anti-gay and anti-Muslim slurs and made disparaging remarks about other lawmakers. John Mandt Jr. claimed the messages were fabricated, but at least one person authenticated them.

MO: Governor calls for review of Missouri Veterans Homes after COVID-19 deaths

stltoday.com

Missouri GOP Gov. Mike Parson is calling for a review of coronavirus prevention procedures in the state's seven veterans’ homes after the deaths of residents in four of the homes and a spike in cases.

WA: Washington governor calls for 'hard look' at Boeing's tax breaks

seattletimes.com

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is standing by his call for a “hard look” at state tax breaks in the wake of the company's decision to suspend 787 production in Washington.

OR: PacifiCorp could face substantial liability if downed power lines caused Oregon fires

oregonlive.com

Anecdotal and eyewitness accounts suggest that several Oregon wildfires were started by electrical lines and equipment buffeted by the historic windstorm that whipped across the state for three days.

ID: Some Idahoans who seek voting, registration info wind up on right-wing site instead

idahostatesman.com

Idahovotes.gov is a state-maintained website by the Idaho Technology Services Office, but Idahovotes.com and Idahovotes.org bring users to the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s 2020 Freedom Index.

PA: Pennsylvania’s voter services website went down over the weekend as deadlines for mail ballots loom

inquirer.com

Pennsylvania’s online system for registering to vote and applying for and tracking mail ballots crashed over the weekend, triggering an outage that stretched for more than 24 hours and prompted frustration from voters weeks before critical election deadlines.

ME: Maine’s marijuana market opening could be letdown for many

pressherald.com

Maine’s recreational cannabis market is set to finally open Friday, but few stores will be, and supplies are expected to be extremely limited.

NC: North Carolina county mulling whether to keep police in schools

newsobserver.com

North Carolina’s Wake County, which includes Raleigh, is reviewing the school resource officer program to decide whether to continue having armed police officers on school campuses.

SC: South Carolina governor lifts some restaurant restrictions

thestate.com

South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster officially lifted restrictions on state restaurants, issuing an executive order allowing Palmetto State establishments to operate at 100% of their capacity, effective immediately.

IN: Overwhelmed Indiana food banks call for more food stamps to meet need 

indystar.com 

Indiana food bank operators struggling with a surge in demand during the coronavirus pandemic are calling for increased federal funding for assistance programs that help people pay for items at grocery stores.

MA: Massachusetts to ease restrictions in lower-risk communities Monday as number of COVID-19 cases rises

bostonglobe.com

As Massachusetts’s health department reported three new deaths and 626 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state was preparing to ease restrictions for lower-risk communities Monday.

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