California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra sought a court order to force state Republican officials to turn over information about the party’s use of private drop boxes for collecting ballots in a handful of counties across the state.
The departure “was not voluntary,” said one of several senior aides who have accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, of using his office to serve the interests of a donor. Several employees in Paxton’s office brought concerns to law enforcement.
After staying in hotels for nearly two months while hurricanes roiled their southwest Louisiana residences, many evacuees are being told to go back home. That process has proved complex and at times frustrating for evacuees.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 43 states meet the qualifications for travelers to quarantine if coming from those areas to New York, but neighboring states New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, which exceed the metrics for COVID-19 infection rates, will not be added to the travel advisory list.
As Minnesotans request a record 1.7 million absentee ballots before Election Day, it is clear early voting has transformed from being more common in the state’s sparsely populated regions to an even greater staple of political engagement during the pandemic.
Many landlords in Hawaii are grappling with the continuing eviction moratorium — an unprecedented rule that prevents private landlords from evicting people who don’t pay rent. Honolulu has more single-family homes as part of its housing stock than average, and by extension more mom-and-pop landlords who may not have the resources to withstand long bouts of missing rent.
In a draft plan submitted to the federal government, Maryland health officials envision a two-phase program that would first vaccinate health care workers and some of the most vulnerable state residents, and eventually turn to the general population once a vaccine becomes widely available.
Rhode Island students who most need to be back in a real classroom — those from low-income families — are the ones spending more of their time learning remotely, according to a new study by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, a business-oriented research and policy organization.
The state is tightening reopening restrictions across a wide swath of suburban Chicago later this week as Illinois continues to see a major resurgence of the coronavirus. The two regions comprising those counties are poised to move back one phase in the state’s reopening plan after the seven-day average of their positivity rates rose above a threshold of 8% for three straight days.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a bill that would have reimbursed New Jersey restaurants that lost money when he pulled the plug on the planned reopening of indoor dining this summer. Murphy said CARES Act funding is available instead.
Arkansas legislative leaders shut down the legislature’s budget hearings of state agencies for the rest of the week after three lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19.
More than 1,000 students in South Carolina schools have contracted the coronavirus almost halfway through the fall semester. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said 1,631 COVID-19 positive tests since school began include 1,143 student cases and 488 employee cases.
More Ohioans than ever before are being hospitalized with the coronavirus after the state reported five days of new cases over 2,000.
The number of people hospitalized in Oklahoma either with the coronavirus or under investigation for infection is at a record high of 821, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported.
Idaho once again smashed its seven-day moving average record for coronavirus infections, pushing past 700 new cases per day. Updated hospitalization data also reflected a record number of patients admitted to the ICU, reaching 61 at one point.
Community spread of COVID-19 is severe enough in Kentucky that state officials have again begun “surge preparations” if hospital capacity is exhausted, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said.
If the coronavirus continues spreading at its current rate over the next few weeks, more Coloradans could be hospitalized by mid-November than at the height of the virus’s spring wave, state officials said. If the virus spreads widely at Thanksgiving gatherings, the number of people who need intensive care could exceed available beds.
Nevada’s rate of coronavirus infections is steadily rising again. But state officials are reluctant to blame relaxed guidelines and say there is no reason yet to consider stricter measures as they point to rates increasing across the country and the world.
As Tennessee in recent weeks has lost much of the ground gained on its coronavirus outbreak, Republican Gov. Bill Lee doubled down on opposing a statewide mask mandate— instead launching a new ad campaign emphasizing Tennesseans’ “choices” about wearing facial coverings.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said schools “need to be open” to combat stress. He also encouraged state residents to resume getting routine health screenings to avoid long-term health issues.
Restaurants and other businesses in New Mexico will face more stringent requirements — including the possibility of targeted closures — under new public health regulations. The changes come as COVID-19 cases reach record-breaking levels.
The Georgia ethics commission has moved the deadline to file campaign reports to the eve of the Nov. 3 election, meaning voters will go to the polls having little chance to see who funded the state campaigns they are voting on.
Crews in Missouri’s capital city removed a controversial Civil War marker less than 12 hours after the Jefferson City Council voted to remove it, following four months of discussion.
The Virginia Lottery is off to a fast start in the race for sales and profits in an unprecedented era of expansion for legal gaming opportunities. The state traditionally had discouraged them.