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These schools use weekly testing to keep kids in class — and COVID out

Schools in Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and Colorado offer regular coronavirus testing; Los Angeles public schools have made it mandatory - measures that stand in sharp contrast to states where people are still fighting about anti-COVID strategies.... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

Precautions against COVID-19 for seniors

Everyone age 60 and older is at high risk of complications from COVID-19 and should adopt measures to limit contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.... Read more»

Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

FBI detects breaches of Arizona, Illinois state voting systems

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Arizona and Illinois voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the November presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe. ... Read more»

Graphic: Where America's most-skilled foreign workers come from

Every year, the US lets in 65,000 of the world's top-skilled workers. Here's where they come from and what they do.... Read more»1

Medicaid programs drowning in backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications. ... Read more»

Illinois ends long-time ban on concealed weapons

Lawmakers override governor's veto to permit Illinois citizens to carry concealed weapons, making it the last state in the nation to permit the practice.... Read more»

Abortion: The life of the mother

Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh falsely claimed that there wasn’t "one instance" where an abortion would be necessary to save the mother's life. But a doctors group said that more than 600 women die each year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth.... Read more»

Report: States exonerate 2,000 people in last 23 years

The University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law on Monday released the first national registry of exoneration cases with data on more than 2,000 cases from the last 23 years. ... Read more»

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Friendly advice to Rahm Emanuel

A panel of Illinois Appellate Court justices ruled that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was ineligible to run for mayor of Chicago.... Read more»

Immigration SB1070

Palin tells high school girls 'go rogue' after their game in Az is canceled

Sarah Palin told an Illinois high school girls basketball team to "go rogue" after their game in Arizona was canceled because of the state's new immigration law. ... Read more»1