Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country.
New Jersey prepares for Primary Election Day this upcoming Tuesday, New York lifts its mask mandate in schools for the entire state except for NYC, Connecticut performs its first study on minority-owned business contracts in thirty years, America starts to open up as restrictions continue to loosen, and Alabama worries about overcrowding this summer as people flock to the beaches in droves. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
Tuesday is a big date on New Jersey’s elections calendar — Primary Election Day. Voters across the state will head to the polls to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor, state Legislature, and various local races. Unlike last year's election in which most voting was done via mail-in ballots, voting will be in person this year. The candidate that gets the most votes in each primary (and the top two for Assembly races, where two lawmakers represent a district) advances to run in the Nov. 2 general election. Independent candidates have until Tuesday to file paperwork to run. Current Governor Phil Murphy is running unopposed on the Democratic side while four Republican candidates are hoping to nab a nod against him.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
Friday saw an end to the in-school masking mandate. No one will be required to wear masks inside of schools or outdoors. The news came after Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention released new data. This means summer camps outside of NYC can operate fully and without staff and students having to wear masks, however, it is up to the camp itself on what rules will be imposed. In NYC however, schools require all students and staff to wear masks on school grounds, aren’t planning to change course for the rest of this year, or for its ambitious summer school program- which includes making summer school available to all students.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
For 30 years Connecticut has had a law requiring businesses owned by women and minorities to get their fair share of state contracts. Whether or not this law is being upheld is unknown because in the last thirty years no data has been collected about the minority pool of business owners being denied contracts. Legislation was pushed through the state Senate last week to commission the first statistical analysis in a generation of Connecticut’s women and minority-owned businesses to learn whether there is “evidence of past or continuing discrimination in the awarding of state contracts” and to determine if there are “barriers in the process that prevent small contractors and minority business enterprises from fully participating.”
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
American life is roaring back as states eased or dropped pandemic restrictions in time for Memorial Day weekend and are preparing to lift the few remaining coronavirus control measures, from mask mandates to restaurant capacity limits, in the coming weeks for summer. All over the country, people rushed to enjoy a dismantled curfew, open casinos, sporting events, and nightclubs. Although many were excited, other emotions such as stress and anxiety also rang true for many as many lost their businesses during the pandemic and/or having a hard time staffing their businesses. No matter how you feel, America is moving forward out of the pandemic.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Beaches in Alabama typically see high crowds during the summer but after eighteen plus months of various stages of quarantine when bans were lifted just in time for Memorial Day, people came out in record numbers. The traffic was frustrating to many on the road but was met with excitement and hope for those in the tourism industry who saw the willingness of people to go out as a good sign. Those willing to brace the traffic for some time down at the coast should also expect long waits at restaurants and other venues. Although restrictions on capacity have been removed, a nationwide labor shortage is compounding typical wait times at restaurants, entertainment venues and even at the grocery stores.
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