Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. New Jersey finally starts to take steps for the purchase of weed, all NYC students participating in high contact sports must have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Connecticut orders a federal storm warning in preparation for tropical storm Henri, Galveston welcomes back its famous sandcastle competition after a year hiatus, and Alabama hospitals are overwhelmed by new COVID cases. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
This week brought major progress in the long journey to launch legal weed sales in New Jersey, as the state’s powerful commission adopted its first rules and regulations. Those eagerly awaiting the opening of dispensary doors will have to stay patient. Those 21 and older can purchase and possess one ounce of cannabis products under the legalization law. Licensing new businesses is vital to running a robust industry, but consumers won’t have to wait that long to start shopping. New Jersey’s established medical marijuana operators will likely get the first chance at selling to the public once they can prove they have enough product to meet both patient and adult demand.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
High school athletes and coaches participating in sports considered “high risk” for contracting the coronavirus will be required to have at least one dose of the COVID vaccine by the first day of competitive play, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. The mandate will apply to an estimated 20,000 students who participate in the Public School Athletic League, or PSAL. It includes football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, and rugby. Vaccination will also be required for bowling since it takes place indoors.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
A federal storm emergency has been declared for Connecticut as the track of Tropical Storm Henri shifted again late Sunday morning. Previously a Category 1 hurricane, the storm was reclassified as a tropical storm around 7 a.m. Sunday. The storm’s shift should cut down peak winds across western and central Connecticut to about 50 mph. With the storm’s shift in direction and strength, Connecticut is predicted to see around 2 inches of rain.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Taking place August 21 and 22, dozens of teams will be competing in the 34th American Institute of Architects Houston, or AIA, sandcastle competition. The annual event is returning to East Beach Galveston after a hiatus in 2020. Criteria for judging include originality, artistic execution, technical difficulty, technique, and use of the site. Competitors will be given five hours to construct their entries, beginning at 10 a.m.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
The surge in COVID-19 cases has pushed some Alabama hospitals to the brink, and health care leaders have used the crisis as an opportunity to urge vaccination and school mask mandates. The leaders make their case through press conferences and statistics but haven’t shown the public what’s happening on hospital floors. One of the worst emergencies in Alabama history has played out mostly behind closed doors, due to a combination of federal privacy laws and hospital policies. Alabama’s overall vaccination rate of 35.9% is the lowest in the nation.
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