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ALABAMA Tuscaloosa: Af­ter clos­ing for sev­eral months due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, the Paul W. Bryant Mu­seum on the Univer­sity of Alabama cam­pus re­opened Thurs­day.

ALASKA Juneau: A larger-thannor­mal num­ber of young bears and dwin­dling nat­u­ral food sup­ply for them are forc­ing the an­i­mals to head for the city’s garbage with un­usual fre­quency, a wildlife of­fi­cial said.

ARI­ZONA Scotts­dale: De­spite sharply lower coronaviru­s case counts, state of­fi­cials should not stop re­quir­ing that peo­ple wear masks in public, as the city did this week, an Ari­zona State Univer­sity re­searcher said Wed­nes­day. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the ASU Biode­sign In­sti­tute, said Mayor Jim Lane’s de­ci­sion is short-sighted. “Mask-wear­ing is what is keep­ing this virus un­der con­trol,” LaBaer said.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: The state asked a judge Wed­nes­day to dis­miss an ef­fort by some Repub­li­can law­mak­ers to in­val­i­date coronaviru­s safety re­stric­tions. In a fil­ing Tues­day, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Les­lie Rut­ledge said a law­suit chal­leng­ing the mea­sures would ef­fec­tively al­low the Leg­is­la­ture to “mi­cro-man­age” the state’s re­sponse to the pan­demic.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Sacramento: Gov. Gavin New­som on Wed­nes­day al­lowed health of­fi­cials, those “on the front lines of the fight against the virus,” to hide their ad­dresses un­der a state pro­gram de­signed to pro­tect peo­ple from ha­rass­ment or vi­o­lence. A com­munity col­lege in­struc­tor was ar­rested last month and charged with send­ing two dozen threat­en­ing let­ters to Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s top public health of­fi­cial.

COLORADO Fort Collins: Six­teen con­firmed cases of COVID-19 and three prob­a­ble cases of the dis­ease caused by the coronaviru­s have been traced to an outbreak at Pel­i­can Lakes Golf Club, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased Wed­nes­day by the Colorado Depart­ment of Public Health and En­vi­ron­ment. New outbreaks were also re­ported this week at two Colorado State Univer­sity soror­i­ties.

CON­NECTI­CUT Hart­ford: Ari­zona, Min­nesota, Ne­vada, Rhode Is­land and Wyoming have reap­peared on Con­necti­cut’s COVID-19 travel ad­vi­sory this week, given re­cent upticks in cases in those lo­ca­tions.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton: The taste of ball­park food is headed straight to homes. The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als Best Ball­park Bites menu of­fers clas­sic fare such as wings, pret­zels and bar­be­cue, as well as al­co­hol, with 100% con­tact­less de­liv­ery, WUSA-TV re­ports.

FLORIDA Tal­la­has­see: Spring break may not be in­cluded on the spring aca­demic cal­en­dar, Florida A&M Univer­sity Provost and Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­demic Af­fairs Mau­rice Ed­ing­ton told trustees Thurs­day.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: Job­less Ge­or­gians filed 49,421 ini­tial un­em­ploy­ment claims last week, up 7,341 from the pre­vi­ous week, the state Depart­ment of La­bor re­ported Thurs­day.

HAWAII Hilo: Re­ports on the ac­tiv­i­ties at a nurs­ing home with a fa­tal coronaviru­s outbreak found var­i­ous prob­lems, in­clud­ing what one in­ves­ti­ga­tion called a cul­ture of com­pla­cency among staff. The COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Vet­er­ans Home in Hilo has claimed the lives of 25 vet­er­ans and in­fected an­other 79 res­i­dents and staff as of Tues­day.

IDAHO Boise: Elec­tions of­fi­cials have said they are aim­ing for a mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers in the state this year, many of whom are ex­pected to vote by mail dur­ing the pan­demic. ILLI­NOIS Spring­field: Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state is av­er­ag­ing 52,000 coronaviru­s tests a day to be­come “the best test­ing state be­tween the two coasts.”

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: In­di­ana Chief Jus­tice Loretta Rush said Thurs­day that she is still deal­ing with her COVID-19 ill­ness, as she joined the high court’s first on­line ar­gu­ments held since she tested pos­i­tive for the coronaviru­s 11 days ear­lier.

IOWA Des Moines: More Iowans now dis­ap­prove than ap­prove of the job Gov. Kim Reynolds is do­ing in ad­dress­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic – a sig­nif­i­cant shift since June, a new Des Moines Reg­is­ter/Me­di­a­com Iowa Poll finds.

KANSAS Topeka: The state set an­other record Wed­nes­day for its big­gest seven-day spike in new coronaviru­s cases, and Kansas’ top public health of­fi­cial said it’s a sign the state is see­ing com­munity spread of the virus even in “fron­tier” coun­ties. KENTUCKY Louisville: Gov. Andy Bes­hear an­nounced 796 new coronaviru­s cases Wed­nes­day and five ad­di­tional deaths.

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: The White House’s coronaviru­s re­sponse co­or­di­na­tor, Dr. Deb­o­rah Birx, on Wed­nes­day hailed Gov. John Bel Ed­wards’ COVID-19 re­stric­tions as help­ing to save lives, giv­ing the Demo­crat a boost on the eve of a spe­cial ses­sion where Repub­li­can law­mak­ers will work to strip some of those rules.

MAINE Port­land: The state’s school sys­tems will re­ceive an­other $164 mil­lion in fed­eral coronaviru­s re­lief to help with health and safety pro­to­cols, Gov. Janet Mills said.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: The Res­tau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land says the gov­er­nor’s re­cent or­der to ex­pand in­door din­ing ca­pac­ity to 75% doesn’t do enough.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Low­ell: Restau­rants will be able to seat up to 10 peo­ple at a ta­ble and use their bar ar­eas to serve food start­ing Mon­day, Gov. Char­lie Baker said Wed­nes­day.

MICHI­GAN Lans­ing: A di­vided state House voted Wed­nes­day to shield health providers and busi­nesses from coronaviru­s-re­lated law­suits filed by pa­tients, em­ploy­ees or cus­tomers, ad­vanc­ing bills that Repub­li­cans said would give busi­nesses more com­fort to re­open.

MIN­NESOTA St. Paul: A Repub­li­can state rep­re­sen­ta­tive and a GOP ac­tivist are chal­leng­ing an agree­ment to ac­cept mail-in bal­lots that ar­rive up to a week af­ter the Novem­ber elec­tion. Sec­re­tary of State Steve Si­mon, a Demo­crat, agreed to ex­tend the dead­line be­cause of a le­gal chal­lenge by groups who sought to al­lay con­cerns about voter safety dur­ing the pan­demic and ease mail-in vot­ing re­quire­ments.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son: Gov. Tate Reeves on Wed­nes­day praised the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts to make a coronaviru­s vac­cine avail­able to the public in the next few months and asked res­i­dents not to al­low po­lit­i­cal di­vi­sions to stop them from get­ting vac­ci­nated.

MIS­SOURI St. Charles: With bars and night­clubs lim­it­ing ca­pac­ity and clos­ing early in the St. Louis area due to the pan­demic, neigh­bor­ing es­tab­lish­ments in St. Charles are see­ing so many large and un­ruly crowds that the city is tak­ing a cue from the 1984 movie, “Foot­loose,” and ban­ning danc­ing. City lead­ers met Wed­nes­day with res­tau­rant, bar and club op­er­a­tors and an­nounced a tem­po­rary ban on “mu­sic ac­tiv­i­ties” af­ter 11 p.m.

MON­TANA Billings: Newly con­firmed coronaviru­s cases in the state spiked to an­other record Thurs­day with 333, as health of­fi­cials re­ported that the num­ber of in­fec­tions tied to schools more than dou­bled in just a week.

NE­BRASKA Ger­ing: About 70 stu­dents and staff at Ger­ing High School were un­der quar­an­tine this week af­ter an outbreak with four cases, the Scotts­bluff Star-Her­ald re­ports. Neigh­bor­ing Scotts­bluff Public Schools has had nine con­firmed cases and 113 quar­an­tines across its build­ings, the Star-Her­ald re­ports.

NE­VADA Car­son City: State of­fi­cials ex­pect the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to ex­pand the use of anti­gen test­ing at places like nurs­ing homes or schools. Car­tridges to process them have been pro­vided to skilled nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Las Ve­gas.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Portsmouth: Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Zadravec told the School Board on Tues­day that city schools may be “look­ing to make some kind of shift” in Oc­to­ber to in­creased in-per­son learn­ing.

NEW JERSEY Trenton: The state is “well po­si­tioned” for an ex­pected sec­ond wave of the coronaviru­s and serves as an ex­am­ple for other states to re­open sec­tors of the economy, Dr. An­thony Fauci, direc­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Al­lergy and In­fec­tious Dis­eases, said Thurs­day.

NEW MEX­ICO Al­bu­querque: Or­ga­niz­ers had to can­cel this year’s in­ter­na­tional hot air bal­loon fi­esta due to the pan­demic, but Mayor Tim Keller said Wed­nes­day he wants to keep the tra­di­tion alive for res­i­dents by invit­ing lo­cal pi­lots to lift off from city parks, golf cour­ses and other open spa­ces Oct. 3-11.

NEW YORK New York: A spike in COVID-19 cases in a hand­ful of neigh­bor­hoods with large Or­tho­dox Jewish pop­u­la­tions is rais­ing alarm bells even as New York City’s over­all in­fec­tion rate re­mains low, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day. The neigh­bor­hoods in­clud­ing Bor­ough Park and Wil­liams­burg ac­counted for 20% of the city’s COVID-19 cases in re­cent weeks, ac­cord­ing to city Health Depart­ment num­bers.

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: N.C. State Univer­sity stu­dents can take in-per­son classes for the spring se­mes­ter and live in cam­pus hous­ing, the school’s chan­cel­lor an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: Say­ing it’s time to “spring into ac­tion” to han­dle ris­ing COVID-19 cases in longterm care fa­cil­i­ties, Gov. Doug Bur­gum is di­rect­ing health of­fi­cials to place those res­i­dents at the head of the line for test­ing.

OHIO Colum­bus: Ini­tial claims for un­em­ploy­ment and con­tin­u­ing claims rose slightly in the past week as the pan­demic’s im­pact on the economy con­tin­ues, Ohio’s hu­man ser­vices agency re­ported Thurs­day. OK­LA­HOMA Nor­man: The City Coun­cil voted to re­quire that masks be worn in­doors at house par­ties if more than 25 peo­ple are present to slow the spread of the coronaviru­s in the col­lege town – a step that an­gry res­i­dents said would in­fringe on their rights. The state ranks third in the U.S. in pos­i­tive tests for the coronaviru­s and sixth in new coronaviru­s cases, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port from the White House Coronaviru­s Task Force.

ORE­GON Salem: Econ­o­mists pre­sented a “shock­ing” and sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved rev­enue fore­cast Wed­nes­day, which could leave the state’s cur­rent bud­get nearly un­scathed by the eco­nomic im­pacts of COVID-19.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Har­ris­burg: Some school dis­tricts are let­ting more fans in the stands af­ter a fed­eral judge’s rul­ing that tossed statewide pan­demic lim­its on crowd size, al­though leg­isla­tive Repub­li­cans on Wed­nes­day lost an ef­fort to en­shrine lo­cal con­trol of school sports into law.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: Gov. Gina Rai­mondo on Wed­nes­day blamed a surge of new coronaviru­s cases on re­cent outbreaks among stu­dents at Prov­i­dence Col­lege and the Univer­sity of Rhode Is­land. The schools, be­tween them, have had nearly 200 new cases in the past week or so, she said.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: State law­mak­ers agreed Wed­nes­day on how to spend the re­main­ing $693 mil­lion in fed­eral money meant to help pay for COVID-19 ex­penses. Most of the money – $420 mil­lion – will go to re­plen­ish the state’s un­em­ploy­ment fund, keep­ing busi­nesses from hav­ing to pay over years to re­pay the money spent on job­less ben­e­fits af­ter the pan­demic caused hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple to lose their jobs.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: An­other eight South Dakotans have died from COVID-19 as hos­pi­tal­iza­tions, rates of new cases and ac­tive cases con­tinue to break records. Thurs­day’s num­bers show the deaths were ac­com­pa­nied by 463 new con­firmed cases of the virus. That’s a sin­gle-day record for new cases, out­pac­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 445 set Wed­nes­day.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: State ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials on Wed­nes­day pre­dicted a big hit to stu­dent learn­ing due to in­ter­rup­tions from the COVID-19 pan­demic. The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­jected a 50% de­crease in read­ing pro­fi­ciency rates and a 65% drop in math among third graders.

TEXAS Austin: The num­ber of Texas stu­dents test­ing pos­i­tive for the coronaviru­s has risen ev­ery week since the start of classes, as more dis­tricts re­open school­house doors, ac­cord­ing to state data re­leased Wed­nes­day. There are 1,212 new con­firmed coronaviru­s cases among stu­dents in the state and 660 new cases among teach­ers and staff for the week end­ing Sept. 20.

UTAH Draper: The Utah State Prison in Draper and the Cen­tral Utah Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Gun­ni­son were placed un­der 24-hour lock­downs af­ter au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the gen­eral in­mate pop­u­la­tions were ex­posed to COVID-19.

VER­MONT Mid­dle­bury: Twenty-two Mid­dle­bury Col­lege stu­dents were “barred from cam­pus” due to “sig­nif­i­cant COVID-19 con­duct vi­o­la­tions” this past week­end, the school said. VIR­GINIA Char­lottesvill­e: The pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia has an­nounced new COVID-19 re­stric­tions he de­scribes as mostly pre­emp­tive be­cause stu­dents have been do­ing the right thing. Among the new rules is a re­duc­tion in max­i­mum stu­dent gath­er­ing size from 15 to five.

WASH­ING­TON Olympia: Law­mak­ers re­ceived some good fi­nan­cial news Wed­nes­day, with up­dated num­bers show­ing an in­crease in state rev­enues over the past few months, cut­ting an ear­lier pro­jec­tion of rev­enue losses by more than half. But of­fi­cials warned there’s still a good deal of eco­nomic un­cer­tainty due to the coronaviru­s pan­demic.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: The own­ers of 12 restau­rants and bars sued the gov­er­nor Wed­nes­day for in­def­i­nitely clos­ing es­tab­lish­ments in stu­dent-heavy Monon­galia County due to the coronaviru­s. Gov. Jim Jus­tice de­fended his de­ci­sion and said the county may soon be able to re­open fur­ther if cases keep de­clin­ing.

WIS­CON­SIN Madison: The state’s daily count of COVID-19 cases hit its sec­ond-high­est to­tal to date Thurs­day, while the seven-day av­er­age topped 1,900 for the first time. WYOMING Laramie: Twelve stu­den­tath­letes at the Univer­sity of Wyoming have tested pos­i­tive for the novel coronaviru­s, the Casper StarTri­bune re­ports.

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