A federal appeals court ruled that Louisiana and Texas can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, a move supported by opponents of legal abortion and opposed by advocates who pointed out it affects a variety of non-abortion health services for low-income women. The case is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
State health officials issued a new alert urging Alaskans who test positive for COVID-19 to notify their own close contacts due to a surge in new cases that’s strained the state’s ability to keep up with public health contact tracing.
Six states will participate in pilot projects to better coordinate investigative efforts surrounding cases of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples. The U.S. Department of Justice projects created protocols for federal, state and tribal investigative agencies to work together and with victims’ families when jurisdictional boundaries are crossed. The states include Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Nearly 700 nursing home workers went on strike at 11 facilities in Illinois, seeking higher pay and greater protections from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fear of running out of toilet paper has returned to Oregon and some are turning to nefarious means to secure a share. Exhibit A is what Walla Walla County sheriff’s officials are calling “The Great Toilet Paper Caper of 2020,″ in which they said an Oregon man was thwarted in his attempt to make off with a large amount of TP.
Washington's four-week shutdown of indoor service at restaurants and bars is expected to cost the industry some $800 million. Anthony Anton, chief executive of the Washington Hospitality Association, urged lawmakers from both parties to begin figuring out ways to support restaurants as well as hotels and other hospitality businesses.
Minnesota’s community colleges are bleeding students during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal of what has typically occurred during economic downturns. In previous recessions, many who lost their jobs pursued two-year degrees to improve their skills and quickly re-enter the workforce. The pandemic has played out differently, however, with community colleges suffering the most among higher education institutions.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, announced a new set of mask requirements, calling them the state’s “best weapon” against a “dire” spread of COVID-19. The new guidance says masks should be worn all the time when indoors in public places.
Connecticut’s incoming House speaker said that in the first quarter of the 2021 legislative session, the General Assembly will continue to have Zoom hearings and plenty of social distancing, but by the second quarter, he envisions the legislature could resume normal operations.
District of Columbia Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser announced bans on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people and outdoor groups of more than 25 people. The order, which takes effect Wednesday, also will prohibit live entertainment and indoor exercise classes, although gyms can stay open.
Faced with staffing shortages related to the pandemic and a Dec. 1 target date for the Rhode Island Convention Center field hospital to be ready for possible use, the state’s largest health care system is imploring retired doctors and nurses, medical residents and students, and others to join the cause.
Pennsylvania counties rushed to certify their results from the Nov. 3 election, even as President Donald Trump and his Republican allies continued their increasingly longshot legal effort to disrupt the cementing of the state’s final vote tally.
Fewer students in New Hampshire are attending their neighborhood public school this year, according to new data from the state Department of Education.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that in response to steadily increasing COVID-19 cases, the agency will no longer keep in touch with new positive cases beyond initial contact. Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah explained the pace of new infections is happening faster than they can add staff.
No ethnic group has been hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. A group of 10 ethnic and cultural organizations has formed a collective to try to stop the spread of the virus in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
Mississippi’s draft plan calls for about 156,500 paid and unpaid workers in health care settings with potentially infectious patients to be vaccinated first. Vaccinations would follow for first responders; food packaging and distribution workers; public school employees and students and those at increased risk from grave illness due to age or underlying medical conditions.
Three of the largest school districts in Colorado are searching for superintendents, which may reflect nationwide struggles to manage parent expectations and teacher concerns amid shrinking budgets exacerbated by the pandemic.
Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul sued Wisconsin lawmakers, bringing a new challenge to a set of lame-duck laws Republicans passed two years ago to curb the two Democrats’ powers. The latest case focuses on a requirement that the legislature’s budget committee sign off on some court settlements negotiated by Kaul.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for allegedly covering up systemic child sexual abuse, marking the first major step in her office's two-year investigation of sexual abuse within the Catholic church in New York.
Maryland State Police will send out “high visibility compliance units” to bars and restaurants in selected areas and will work with local police and health officials to enforce pandemic restrictions, which include capacity limits, physical distancing requirements and rules that patrons must be seated to be served.
Norwich University in Vermont is sponsoring a contest for high school students: Whoever can design the best outdoor classroom will win an $8,000 scholarship to Norwich.