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In COVID-slammed Idaho, schools risk buckling hospitals

BOISE — When Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care, roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d'Alene were packing lunches, climbing on buses or grabbing backpacks for their first day of school.

Ida deaths rise by 11 in New Orleans; Louisiana toll now 26

HOUMA, La. – The death toll in Louisiana from Hurricane Ida rose to 26 Wednesday, after health officials reported 11 additional deaths in New Orleans, mostly older people who perished from the heat. The announcement was grim news amid signs the city was returning to normal with almost fully restored power and a lifted nighttime curfew.

Jill Biden heads back to classroom as a working first lady

After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumed teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009.

‘Do your part’ to keep kids in school, Oregon officials say

PORTLAND – As students return to Oregon classrooms for another school year, health officials warn the threat of having to shut down schools and go back to distance learning is “real if we don’t all do our part” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cadavers donated to Idaho State University not received

POCATELLO, Idaho – Bodies that were to be donated to Idaho State University for educational purposes have not been received by the school, officials said, as several agencies investigate the funeral home that was supposed to be facilitating the donations.

Dad Daze: An autumnal attitude adjustment courtesy of my four kids

Perhaps I have some sort of seasonal disorder. When September arrives, I can’t help but get melancholy. It harks back to my childhood. Every night before the first day of school, I would toss and turn and wake up exhausted as I started a new year, which featured about 180 days of school.

Kentucky governor calls special session on handling COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that he’s calling Kentucky’s Republican-led legislature into a special session to shape pandemic policies as the state struggles with a record surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Anti-mask protests force three Vancouver schools into lockdown

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Skyview High School, Alki Middle School and Chinook Elementary School were placed on lockdown Friday when people protesting Washington’s mask mandate in schools tried to get inside the high school, according to Vancouver Public Schools.

Excitement meets worry as European kids head back to school

LONDON – English educator Richard Sheriff watched this week as a group of energetic 11-year-olds entered their new secondary school for the first time – finding their classrooms, eating in the cafeteria, racing around the halls.

Florida governor appeals ruling on masks in schools

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge's ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by ordering school boards not to impose strict mask requirements on students to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

President Biden says Ida, wildfires show ‘climate crisis’ has struck

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged robust federal help for the Northeastern and Gulf states battered by Hurricane Ida and for Western states beset by wildfires — with the catastrophes serving as deadly reminders that the “climate crisis” has arrived.

Judge approves Purdue Pharma’s $10 billion-opioid settlement

A federal bankruptcy judge gave conditional approval Wednesday to a sweeping, potentially $10 billion plan submitted by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to settle a mountain of lawsuits over its role in the opioid crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the past two decades.

State mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries

The Education Department announced Monday that it’s investigating five Republican-led states that have banned mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.