Fears, infection thin staff at nursing home with 2 deaths

A Pennsylvania nursing home where two dementia patients died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19 has struggled to contain the spread, with staff thinned by suspected infection and fears for their own safety.Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver released a statement Wednesday that 34 of its 458 residents have tested positive, and that seven…

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ACLU: Indiana virus directive should not restrict abortions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s directive calling for all Indiana health care facilities to cancel or postpone non-urgent surgical procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic should not restrict the ability of women to obtain abortions, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said Wednesday.Unlike orders issued in other states, including Texas, seeking…

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Minnesota’s 1st virus cases behind bars show prison risks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 has reached Minnesota’s prison system, highlighting the health threat to vulnerable inmates and the efforts to reduce the risks via early releases of nonviolent offenders.The Minnesota Department of Corrections this week reported the first confirmed cases in state prisons — a staff member in the Red Wing juvenile prison, and three…

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Kentucky lawmakers pass budget scaled back due to virus

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a slimmed-down, one-year state budget without pay raises or increased education funding — priorities that fell victim to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The budget sent to Gov. Andy Beshear reflected the grim reality that state tax collections are expected to plummet…

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