With record 10,000 in Texas hospitals, Gov. Abbott warns: 'Things will get worse'
AUSTIN, Texas — With a record 10,002 coronavirus patients in Texas hospitals Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott again warned that he expects hospitalizations and deaths to continue to rise.In a series of television interviews Friday, Abbott urged Texans to follow his statewide mask order and said more restrictions will be needed if it’s ignored.“We will not have to lock down if people follow the simple requirement of wearing a face mask,” Abbott said in an interview with KSAT.Abbott extended his coronavirus-related disaster declaration for all Texas counties Friday, hours before state health officials r...
Senate Republicans seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case
MINNEAPOLIS — Days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state’s own measures on abortion access.In a party-line vote Thursday evening, the Senate Rules Committee voted to hire outside counsel to defend a slate of state abortion restrictions against an ongoing lawsuit.Backers of the lawsuit are seeking to strike down a number of longstanding laws, including state’s 24-hour waiting period, two-parent parental notification for patients under 18, and a burial or cremation requiremen...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Missouri Supreme Court strikes down ban on Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Missouri law prohibiting Medicaid payments to abortion providers was unconstitutional.Planned Parenthood sued the state two years ago after Missouri lawmakers changed the state budget to exclude abortion providers and any related affiliates from Medicaid. It is the sole abortion provider in the state, with a clinic in St. Louis.In a 6-1 ruling, the court found that the Missouri Constitution does not allow for bills to cover more than one subject, and that including what the state should — as well as what it should not — fund...
The Kansas City Star
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Unanimous vote to remove Confederate monument in SC townCOLUMBIA, S.C. — A Confederate monument in South Carolina could be taken down after the Orangeburg City Council voted unanimously to remove the statue.At a special meeting Tuesday, the city council returned from executive session and announced the result of the vote in the meeting that was streamed live.But the monument won’t be pulled down overnight. City Council’s vote must be approved by South Carolina lawmakers at the State House as the statue is protected by the Heritage Act.The Heritage Act, passed in 2000, requires a two-thirds maj...
Tribune News Service
Michigan's high court set to consider questions on Gov. Whitmer's emergency powers
DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to consider a Grand Rapids federal judge’s request to clarify the extent of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers, but not before a separate case on the same topic is decided by the state Court of Appeals.In a series of two orders Tuesday, the state’s high court ordered the Court of Appeals to rule on the Republican-led Legislature’s challenge of the governor’s emergency orders by Aug. 21 and agreed to review U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney’s questions on the same topic following Sept. 2 oral arguments.The decision was opposed by Justice Step...
The Detroit News
Unanimous vote to remove Confederate monument in SC town
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Confederate monument in South Carolina could be taken down after the Orangeburg City Council voted unanimously to remove the statue.At a special meeting Tuesday, the city council returned from executive session and announced the result of the vote in the meeting that was streamed live.But the monument won’t be pulled down overnight. City Council’s vote must be approved by South Carolina lawmakers at the State House as the statue is protected by the Heritage Act.The Heritage Act, passed in 2000, requires a two-thirds majority vote by both chambers for any change to historical...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Virus cases spike while local and state officials bicker over face mask mandates
DALLAS — Every day, Texas continues to break records in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, rivaling hot spots such as Florida and Arizona as the new center of the U.S. pandemic.As the situation escalates — spiking to a record 6,584 new cases Wednesday and adding more than 5,000 new infections almost every day last week — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has consistently touted the ways in which Texans can stay safe: Wear a mask, sanitize often, social distance. Last week, he encouraged Texans to just stay indoors, then said he’d put a pause on reopening businesses. By the end of the week, he orde...
Mississippi politicians vote in favor of state flag makeover that would cut Confederate battle flag image
Another symbol of the Confederacy is slated for the scrap heap.Both houses of the Mississippi legislature voted in favor of a redesign of the state flag on Saturday, which contains an image of the Confederate battle flag.Needing a two-thirds majority to pass, the Mississippi Senate voted 36 to 14 to remove the battle flag imagery, reported the Clarion Ledger.Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves had previously stated that he would sign whichever flag bill the Legislature decides on.State Sen. Briggs Hopson, a Republican representing the Vicksburg area, told his colleagues that the flag’s removal would ...
New York Daily News
Georgia governor signs hate crimes measure into law
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed hate crimes legislation into law Friday after state lawmakers brokered a compromise over the proposal after 16 years of debate over whether to extend protections to people who are targeted because of biases.The Republican signed the proposal at the state Capitol surrounding by bipartisan supporters of the measure, saying it was a step toward righting a historical wrong.“It’s a sign of progress and it’s a milestone worth applauding,” said Kemp, adding: “Frankly, it’s the silver lining in these difficult times and stormy days.”The proposal, House Bill 426...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Third death in one week being investigated at Tarrant County Jail, state says
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas state officials said they are investigating after a death was reported at the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday.This is the third death of a detainee at the jail within one week.The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office had not released any information about Thursday’s death as of 5 p.m., but the Texas Commission on Jail Standards confirmed they were notified of the death.The commission investigates every in-custody death at Texas jails.Jason Glendon Martin, 40, died at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office reported.The cause of death is listed as ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram