State governments

A sign alongside a playground at Hanna Woods Elementary School in the Parkway School District in suburban St. Louis indicates that the playground is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Parkway has formulated a flexible plan to reopen schools when the fall semester begins Aug. 24. Just how bad the virus is at the time will determine if schools open completely, if they mix online and in-person classes, or if they are forced to go strictly virtual. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
July 19, 2020 - 4:20 pm
MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) — Administrators in the Parkway school district in suburban St. Louis spent the summer break crafting a flexible reopening plan, with options that include full-time classroom learning, full-time online instruction and a hybrid system. It's a good thing because the dangers of...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks about the latest coronavirus update in Arizona and benefits of wearing a mask during a news conference in Phoenix. With the coronavirus spreading out of control and Arizona cities just beginning to require residents to wear masks in public last month, a few hundred people gathered in Scottsdale to make clear they did not approve of the heavy hand of government telling them to cover their faces. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
July 19, 2020 - 1:55 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading out of control and Arizona cities beginning just last month to require residents wear masks in public, a few hundred people gathered in Scottsdale to make clear they didn’t approve of the heavy hand of government telling them to cover their faces. A...
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July 18, 2020 - 8:34 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans have picked state Del. Nick Freitas as their candidate to face off against U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger this fall in one of the country’s marquee congressional races. News outlets report Freitas won a convention Saturday to be the GOP nominee for a Richmond...
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July 18, 2020 - 1:06 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Protesters trying to topple a Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Chicago's Grant Park clashed with police who used batons to beat people and made at least a dozen arrests after they say protesters targeted them with fireworks, rocks and other items. The clash Friday evening...
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FILE- In this July 15, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump has taken an increasingly hands-off approach to the coronavirus crisis in recent days even as COVID-19 related deaths and positive cases have surged to record highs in a huge slice of the country, including areas where he has enjoyed strong support. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
July 18, 2020 - 11:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has taken an increasingly hands-off approach to the coronavirus crisis in recent days even as COVID-19 cases and deaths have surged to record highs in a huge slice of the country, including areas where he has enjoyed strong support. Meanwhile, governors and...
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Mike Babinski opens applications for voter ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Cleveland. As more states embrace mail-in balloting, an often overlooked detail has emerged as a partisan dividing line: postage. Questions over whether postage will be required for absentee ballot applications and ballots themselves, who pays for it and what happen to envelopes without stamps are the subject of lawsuits and Statehouse political brawls. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 18, 2020 - 9:17 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle. Bryant, 63, doesn't have $10 for a book of stamps, a printer to make them at home or a working car. “My car...
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Police stand as protesters gather during a demonstration, Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
July 18, 2020 - 12:19 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect. “Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave...
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Registered nurses Army Capt. Rachel Curtis, right, and Capt. Christa Angelotti, with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, sets up a patient board inside a wing at United Memorial Medical Center, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Houston. Soldiers will treat COVID-19 patients in the newly setup hospital wing as Texas receives help from across the country to deal with its coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 17, 2020 - 10:50 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they're unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic as death tolls reached new highs. It came as many states — particularly in the Sunbelt — struggled to cope with the...
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Mariachis, some wearing protective face masks, wait for clients in Plaza Garibaldi, where residents come to hire mariachis for events and parties, in Mexico City, Friday, July 17, 2020. With large gatherings cancelled and concerns over singing inside closed spaces, work has plummeted for the hundreds of Mariachis based in Plaza Garibaldi. Those lucky enough to get occasional work say they are playing for small celebrations at home, such as birthdays or proposals, as well as at wakes for the deceased. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
July 17, 2020 - 10:08 pm
MEXICO CITY — Mexico has registered 736 more COVID-19 deaths and 7,257 more confirmed cases of coronavirus infections. Mexico now has more than 35,000 deaths from the pandemic, the fourth highest total in the world. It also has recorded over 324,000 cases, somewhere around the seventh-highest level...
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Dusty Lego-style toys are scattered in the playground of an elementary school in Los Angeles, Friday, July 17, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out strict criteria Friday for school reopenings that makes it unlikely the vast majority of districts will have classroom instruction in the fall as the coronavirus pandemic surges. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 17, 2020 - 7:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the first day of school just weeks away in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out sweeping new rules Friday that all but ensure most of the state’s K-12 schools serving 6.7 million students will not reopen classrooms when the academic year starts. The rules also mandate...
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