Three parents filed a lawsuit against the Bentonville, Arkansas, school district to stop a requirement that students and teachers wear masks at school. The plaintiffs argue the district exceeded its authority and that its decision violates personal liberties guaranteed by the U.S. and Arkansas Constitutions.
With more than a million acres burned fairly early in the fire season, California is entering uncharted territory as the record dry conditions that have fueled so much destruction will soon combine with seasonal winds that fire officials fear will bring unprecedented dangers.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, announced that every teacher in the state must be vaccinated against COVID-19, a reversal from her earlier assertions that superintendents and individual districts must decide on that requirement for themselves. The rule goes into effect this fall and applies to other school staff and volunteers.
Inspectors in Anchorage recently discovered more than 3,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards in a shipment from China to the Port of Alaska, according to a written statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The blank cards closely resemble those printed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBP said.
More school districts around Florida are deciding that the state’s lenient rules on mask wearing pose a danger to students as COVID-19 rages. Four of the state’s five biggest districts have voted to require masks except for medical reasons. Their actions defy state rules championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that allow parents to decide whether their children wear masks.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that bars local governments in Georgia from forcing private businesses to enact vaccine requirements, indoor capacity limits and mask rules aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the coronavirus continues to sweep through Tennessee, all intensive care unit beds are currently full at most hospitals in every major metropolitan area in the state, according to the Tennessee Hospital Association. Since July 1, the number of Tennesseans hospitalized by the virus has jumped from about 200 to nearly 2,500.
An analysis by Mississippi Today showed an 830% increase in the number COVID-19 cases in Mississippi children for the first two weeks of school in 2021 compared to the first two weeks this data was reported last August.
Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth has urged Democratic Gov. David Ige to immediately reinstate pretravel testing requirements for all trans-Pacific passengers, regardless of residency or vaccination status, as the county struggles amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Nevada Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall, a Democrat, formally announced that she will resign and accept a position with the Biden administration. Marshall will become the White House’s senior adviser to governors within the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, but will continue to serve as lieutenant governor until her transition sometime in the late fall.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce within days that New Jersey will require teachers to be vaccinated for the coronavirus. New Jersey would be the third state behind California and Washington to enact such a mandate.
Three months after ordering thousands of state employees back to their offices after nearly a year of working from home, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson said plans are underway to allow some to resume working remotely. He said members of his cabinet are in the process of drafting plans for a more permanent remote workforce.
Amtrak has shared new details about its proposal for Indiana, drastically increasing the frequency of rail service to Indianapolis and neighboring cities.
WA: Unvaccinated patients are creating a 'deeply frustrating' situation in Washington hospitals, doctors say
People not vaccinated against COVID-19 are getting sick, filling Washington hospital beds and putting pressure on hospitals and their staff, doctors said at a news briefing. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are the highest they’ve ever been.
New legislation championed by some Michigan House Republicans and others spreading misinformation would prevent employers from requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and other diseases, to wear masks in the workplace or to disclose their vaccination status. During a legislative committee meeting, the bill was bolstered by a series of speakers who offered a string of conspiracy theories about vaccines and the pandemic.