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Advocate’s View: Re-opening construction: The new normal (for now)

Richard T. Bell Jr.

During the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis, certain construction work was deemed “essential” and was permitted to continue. The guidelines regarding what work was considered essential were not always crystal clear and resulted in a lot of confusion ...

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Appeals court OKs June 23 NY Democratic presidential primary

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NEW YORK — New York’s Democratic Party leadership gave up trying to cancel the state’s June 23 presidential primary Tuesday after an appeals court rejected arguments that holding it during the coronavirus pandemic would endanger public safety. Douglas A. Kellner, ...

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COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, a Camden County police officer wears a protective mask as she waits to direct people to a COVID-19 testing facility in view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden, N.J. Public health officials in at least two-thirds of U.S. states are sharing the addresses of people who have the coronavirus with first responders. Supporters say the measure is designed to protect those on the front line, but it's sparked concerns of profiling in minority communities already mistrustful of law enforcement. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Public health officials in at least two-thirds of U.S. states are sharing the addresses of people who have the coronavirus with first responders. Supporters say the measure is designed to protect those on the front line, but ...

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Sweeping federal lawsuit seeks election changes in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot and ...

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‘Delusional’ Martin Shkreli denied prison release by judge

Martin Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals, center, listens while his attorney Benjamin Brafman, right, speak to members of the media outside federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York in August. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Peter Foley

NEW YORK — A judge rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior” that ...

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Wisconsin bars reopen after court ruling praised by Trump

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MADISON, Wis. — A court ruling tossing out Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order threw communities into chaos Thursday, after some bars opened immediately and were packed with customers while other local leaders moved to keep strict restrictions in place amid the coronavirus ...

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HR Connection: Another fine mess they’ve gotten us into

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If you’ve had children home with you for a few weeks, I’m guessing you’ve heard, “that’s not fair!” a time or two. When our kids were young, and feeling the world was being unfair to them, I would explain, “Life ...

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Multiple Ohio prison deaths include inmate arguing innocence

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio prison inmate Carlos Ridley, four decades into a life sentence for a triple slaying, was awaiting a court ruling this month he hoped would help him prove innocence through DNA testing. On Monday, an Ohio appeals ...

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Business owners have loads of questions about returning to work

When the coronavirus pandemic began, business owners were hoping law firms could help interpret leases, emergency funding applications and insurance policies. Now, with New York taking steps to begin a phased-in reopening of the economy, labor and employment lawyers are ...

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Governor softens order over jailed Texas hair salon owner

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AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday removed jail as a punishment for violating his coronavirus restrictions following outcry by conservatives over a Dallas salon owner who was locked up for refusing to keep her business closed. ...

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More than 400 city employees impacted by furloughs, job cuts

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Nearly 400 city of Rochester employees will endure furloughs or a reduction in hours, and an additional 17 positions were eliminated, as Mayor Lovely Warren seeks solutions to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. The payroll reductions will result ...

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