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U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near 130000; Florida And Texas Report Record Case Numbers – NPR

Florida and Texas reported their biggest daily rise in new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past few days as deaths in the U.S. continue to rise.

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People visit Jacksonville Beach on Saturday in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Coronavirus cases are spiking in states including Florida, Texas and Arizona.
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Nearly 130,000 p…

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Vanessa Guillen, slain Fort Hood soldier, is remembered at memorial service in Houston – NBC News

Family and friends attend slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen’s memorial service in Houston, Texas. Her case after she went missing galvanized many Latinos, including celebrities.

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A white horse-drawn carriage covered with flowers carried the remains of slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen Friday afternoon.
Vanessa’s younger sister, Lupe, sat on the carriage as it made its way to the Cesar E. Chavez High School in Houston, Texas for a memorial service honoring the memory of the Army Specialist before her burial Saturday.
Family and friends wearing face masks and white t-shirts reading #JusticeForVanessaGuillen received Vanessa’s body inside the high school among tears…

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Texas, California governors take heat in battle over school reopenings – Reuters

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday sought to reassure parents he is doing all he can to keep students safe as most schools in the state prepare to reopen next week.

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LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday sought to reassure parents he is doing all he can to keep students safe as most schools in the state prepare to reopen next week.
But a top adviser to Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden’s campaign in Texas blasted Abbott, a Republican, for what he called a lack of planning and funding for safely reopening schools, with the statewide coronavirus positivity rate hitting a record 24.5% this week.
“What we learned from th…

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Tents, yurts and snowsuits: Schools seeking alternatives to remote learning move classes outside – NBC News

The Detroit Waldorf School and the Austin, Texas; Seattle; and Portland, Maine, districts are among the places exploring outdoor classrooms to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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DETROIT With just days to go before the start of the new academic year, schools around the country are rushing to gather materials they never thought they would need: plexiglass dividers, piles of masks and internet hot spots to connect with students remotely.
And then there are schools that have an even more unusual list.
The Detroit Waldorf School in Michigan is buying carriage bolts, berry bushes and 8,000 square feet of cedar wood.
The San Francisco Unified School District has been busy g…

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