Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut continue to battle it out on how federal money for transit will be divided amongst the three states, NYC implements pop up sites for teens ages 13-17 in hopes to drive up the number of vaccinated children returning to school in September, like many other states Connecticut has seen a rise in COVID related hospitalizations and are considering revisiting travel restrictions, As Californians more to Texas reasons why the grass is not always greener on the other side ring true, and Alabama house members confirm their hopes for reelection. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
There are billions of dollars sitting in the federal coffers while transit officials from New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut discuss how much each state should receive. New Jersey and Connecticut agree all three states should use a codified formula for how best to divide the money. New York, however, is asking for $700,000 more, the money of which will come from New Jersey’s ‘pot’. The numbers are as followed: New York will get $4 billion, New Jersey will get $1.4 billion, and Connecticut $189 million.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
To encourage young people to get COVID vaccines before the first day of school on Sept. 13, the city is opening 25 pop-up vaccination sites at Summer Rising programs starting tomorrow. All minors will need verbal consent from a parent at the time of the shot, either in-person or over the phone, and students 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to receive the shot. So far, 43% of New York City’s 12- to 17-year-olds have gotten at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. City officials are hopeful that by making vaccines more readily available to students, rates of vaccination will increase before schools reopen.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
With COVID-19 metrics climbing in July amid concerns over the delta variant, Gov. Ned Lamont said certain Connecticut travel restrictions could return. Travel restrictions were broadly lifted in March as the vaccine rate rose and cases started to drop off, but in Connecticut and other parts of the country, as expected and predicted the number of infections and hospitalizations have started to slowly rise in recent weeks.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
It's no secret that Californians have been and still are moving to Texas for affordable mortgages or better opportunities. It's also been an ongoing notion how Texans don't want Californians to come there. Recent bills passed in the state of Texas such as the controversial heartbeat bill and laws that allow adults to carry handguns without permits drastically misalign with all that California stands for. Texas, like any state, is not without its faults but many argue the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Next year is an election year for all 105 seats in the Alabama House of Representatives, and most lawmakers in the Republican majority and the Democratic minority are setting their sights on another four-year term. Fifty-nine of 77 Republicans in the House have said they are running for re-election or are planning to do so. At least 23 of the 27 Democrats in the House said they are running or plan to run for another term. The primary is May 24, 2022.
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