Esther Eaton
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New York schools cleared to reopen in-person

by Esther Eaton
Posted 8/07/20, 05:50 pm

The one-time U.S. coronavirus hot spot is ready to have students back in the classroom. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said the state’s public schools can reopen if COVID-19 numbers stay low. In New York City, the nation’s largest school district is planning a hybrid model for September, with 1.1 million students rotating between in-person and at-home instruction each week. The city will require social distancing in the halls, masks, and nightly disinfecting of school buildings. Students will stay in one classroom and eat lunch at their desks while teachers rotate.

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Cleanup begins after Hurricane Isaias

by Esther Eaton
Posted 8/06/20, 05:41 pm

Thousands of people throughout the Northeast are still without power after Isaias tore along the East Coast from North Carolina to Canada. The storm left nine dead, with two others dying in a lightning strike in Wilmington, N.C., on Wednesday while clearing downed trees. Officials in North Carolina warned residents to avoid fire ants displaced by flooding, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning from generators running in poorly ventilated garages.

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Pro-life bill moves forward in Nebraska

by Esther Eaton
Posted 8/05/20, 06:06 pm

Lawmakers in Nebraska broke a filibuster on Wednesday to move forward a bill protecting babies from dismemberment abortions. Most abortions after the first trimester use “dilation and evacuation,” or pulling babies from the womb limb by limb. The bill would allow suction abortions but keep abortionists from using forceps, tongs, and other commonly used instruments for dilation and evacuation.

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