Sanders' Latinx ban wades into community's generational rift
One of Sarah Huckabee Sanders' first acts as Arkansas governor was to ban most state agencies from using the gender-neutral term Latinx, tapping into a debate that's divided Hispanics along generational lines. Sanders called the word “culturally insensitive” in an order that's prompted complaints from some critics who view it as yet another attack by Republicans on the LGBTQ community. “One of the things as governor that I will not permit is the government using culturally insensitive words," Sanders said as she signed the order.news.yahoo.com
Houston lifts boil-water order affecting more than 2 million
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials lifted an order Tuesday that had called for more than 2 million people in the nation's fourth-largest city to boil their tap water before drinking or using it.The boil[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Title 42, the Law Removing Haitians From U.S. Border
As thousands of Haitian migrants have crowded the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks, the administration of President Joe Biden has relied on his predecessor’s policy from early in the pandemic to detain and deport them back to their home country. The policy rests on a decades-old public health law known as Title 42. Former President Donald Trump drew criticism for dusting it off in 2020, and Biden is facing the same hard questions now.washingtonpost.com
Judge delays state awarding marijuana retail licenses until he rules on lawsuit challenging the process, but lottery will go on today
On the verge of a lottery to award new cannabis business licenses in Illinois, a judge has ordered that no new cannabis retail licenses may be awarded in Illinois until he rules on a challenge to the state’s licensing process.chicagotribune.com
US says order coming this week on border asylum restrictions
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order this week about how migrant children are treated under a public health order that has prevented people from seeking asylum at the nation's borders, a Justice Department attorney said Tuesday. The comment by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Stoltz at a court hearing in Fort Worth, Texas, may be the strongest indication to date that changes are imminent on the last major Trump-era restrictions on asylum at the border. Stoltz told a federal judge that the CDC will release “a new order on the subject of the children” by the end of the week.news.yahoo.com
Texas attorney general threatens to sue Austin officials if they don't lift local mask mandates
Texas' attorney general on Wednesday threatened to sue officials in Austin and Travis County if they did not lift local mask mandates. The governor's executive order, which took effect Wednesday, also lifted capacity restrictions on the state's businesses. It allowed local officials to impose "mitigation strategies" if hospitalizations surge, but banned them from punishing residents who defy mask guidance and from limiting business capacity to less than 50%. He addressed the letter to Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, both of whom have said local mask mandates will remain in effect. "It does not rest with jurisdictions like the City of Austin or Travis County or their local health authorities.cbsnews.com
Texas attorney general threatens to sue Austin officials if they don't lift local mask mandates
Texas' attorney general on Wednesday threatened to sue officials in Austin and Travis County if they did not lift local mask mandates. The governor's executive order, which took effect Wednesday, also lifted capacity restrictions on the state's businesses. He addressed the letter to Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, both of whom have said local mask mandates will remain in effect. "It does not rest with jurisdictions like the City of Austin or Travis County or their local health authorities. pic.twitter.com/IP9UpZPplh — Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) March 10, 2021Abbott's executive order drew immediate criticism after it was announced.cbsnews.com
Alabama governor extending face mask mandate until April
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday extended her statewide mask order until April 9, but said the order would not be implemented afterward. Ivey said the order will give residents more time to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and allow businesses to implement their own face mask policies. "Even when we lift the mask order, I will continue to wear my mask while I'm around others and strongly urge my fellow citizens to use common sense and do the same thing," she said. The governor's announcement comes after Texas and Mississippi lifted mask requirements and eased COVID-19 restrictions. "I think it's a big mistake," the president told reporters.cbsnews.com
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot changes police video release rules in response to Anjanette Young raid
Under the new order, which will take effect March 7, people who have made complaints with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability about an incident and request copies of video and audio should in many cases be able to get them within 30 days.chicagotribune.com
No one fined for violating Chicago’s travel order so far
The order, which now covers travel to most of the U.S.‚ is generally not being enforced aside from signs and billboards telling people that they must self-quarantine. There are no plans to add checkpoints at airports or other passages into the city to crack down on travelers’ statuses, Buchanan said. But violators are subject to fines of $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000.chicagotribune.com
Wisconsin judge reimposes Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus order limiting bar, restaurant capacity
The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 by Andrea Palm, secretary of the state Department of Health Services, in the face of surging coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. A judge on Oct. 14 blocked the order after it was challenged by the Tavern League of Wisconsin, which argued it amounted to a “defacto closure” order for the bars and restaurants it represents.chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Oct. 10-11 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
But sensitive lab tests — like the PCR test cited in the doctor’s statements — detect virus in swab samples taken from the nose and throat. Some medical experts had been skeptical that Trump could be declared free of the risk of transmitting the virus so early in the course of his illness. Just 10 days since an initial diagnosis of infection, there was no way to know for certain that someone was no longer contagious, they said.chicagotribune.com
‘This is intentional’: Harris County Clerk addresses Abbott’s order, calls it ‘haphazard’ and voter suppression
HOUSTON – The Harris County Clerk, Chris Hollins expresses outrage at Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that limits the number of places voters can drop-off their mail-in ballots to one per county. According to the order, mail ballots can be dropped off in-person at only one place that is designated by each county’s early-voting clerk. For Harris County, that is NRG Arena. People can find voting locations in Harris County at Harrisvotes.com/locations.
CDC extends US ban on cruise ships through September
Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of September as coronavirus infections rise in most U.S. states, including Florida. In the order signed by CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency said the cruise industry hasn't controlled transmission of the virus on its ships. The CDC said it was concerned whether cruise ships operating now with reduced crews were complying with practices designed to prevent transmitting the virus. The CDC said its concerns highlight the need for further action prior to resuming passenger operations.The order covers ships that can carry 250 or more passengers. The CDC said cruise ships are more crowded than most urban settings, and even when only essential crew remains on board, the virus continues to spread.
‘No safer’: Hidalgo extends ‘stay home, work safe’ order for Harris County until June 10
HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urged people Thursday to continue to exercise personal responsibility as she extended the “stay home, work safe” order that was originally issued for the county in March. “When folks ask, ‘Are we safe?’ I say, ‘We are no safer than we were in March,’” Hidalgo said. The judge said the extended order also includes a set of safety guidelines for workers in public-facing businesses and another set of guidelines for workers in the manufacturing industry. It’s not responsible.”Dr. Umair Shah, of Harris County Public Health, said that there has yet to be a downward trend in the number of new coronavirus cases being reported in the county. You can read the extended order below.
This is where all 50 states stand on reopening
Jared Polis extended the state's stay-at-home order, which now remains in effect until April 26. Looking to revive the state's economy, Lamont announced Thursday the formation of the "Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board." John Bel Edwards extended the state's stay-at-home order through April 30. Gina Raimondo issued an emergency declaration extending the state's stay-at-home order to last until May 8. Tony Evers has extended his state's stay-at-home order to expire May 26, according to a statement from the governor's office.
Austin is the first major city in Texas to extend its stay-at-home order beyond May 1
Residents in Austin and Travis counties will remain under the “Stay Home-Work Safe” order until 11:59 p.m. on May 8, KXAN reports. The order which was expected to be lifted on April 14 was extended by county officials on Monday. “The next three weeks are going to be critical for us,” Austin Public Health Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said, according to KXAN. “What we’re trying to do is buy time. Buy time for more PPE, buy time for more testing capabilities … and to ultimately buy time for two of the most critical components of this, effective treatment and vaccinations.”Counties in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are currently under stay-at-home orders through April 30.