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Sep. 24—BOISE — The Idaho Supreme Court ordered a number of new COVID-19 courtroom precautions across the state that will take effect Monday. The order cited the current surge in cases and the harm it has done to the state's health care system, according to a State of Idaho Judicial Branch press release. The order issued Wednesday supersedes an emergency order issued by the court on June 25. ...

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Sep. 23—A 16-year-old who was reported missing returned home safely Wednesday morning, according to the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. Caitilin Brown's mother reported her missing on Monday night. Early Wednesday morning, Brown's mother reported that the teen returned home and went upstairs. The responding officer noted that the teen "looked well and unharmed." Contact the writer: ...

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American Airlines flight attendant Teddy Andrews says he’s been insulted or threatened “simply for doing my job” in recent months, trying to get passengers to wear masks on planes. One passenger who refused to wear a mask repeatedly used a racial slur to resist. “He said, N-word, I don’t have to listen to a damn thing you say, this is a free country,” Andrews, a Charlotte-based flight ...

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Sep. 23—Kingston Mayor Steve Noble is proposing a traffic safety study campaign and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan is urging the county's Traffic Safety Board to ramp up efforts after a recent fatal bicycle accident last weekend. "It's important to reiterate how tragic this was, and how preventable it was," said Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan. On Saturday, Sept. 18 at around 1:30 p.m. the ...

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Syracuse, N.Y. — It wasn’t the bang of a bullet leaving a gun that alerted Officer Brian Patterson to a shooting in his midst. With Fourth of July celebrations still in full swing, the noise just as easily could have been a firework. Instead, Patterson, a combat war veteran, took notice of the telltale zip of the bullet whizzing through the air. Then, he heard the thunk of the bullet striking ...

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Sep. 22—The Tyler City Council on Wednesday approved the 2021-22 budget along with a new property tax rate and fee changes. The $212 million spending plan is a 5% increase from this past year's budget, which totaled $202 million. "This budget continues our tradition of responsible government spending while accounting for our residents' needs: smooth roadways, improved traffic flow, expanded ...

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Sep. 22—GLEN CARBON — Anyone who visits the village's main parks will soon have an alternate way to contact someone in case of an emergency. Police Chief Todd Link said Wednesday that he recommended an Emergency Call Blue Tower be placed in Schon Park, one in Miner Park and the third in Greenspace East to the public safety committee Tuesday. The committee was in favor. The units will cost ...

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Sep. 22—A Dayton police officer shot in the side of his head Tuesday evening returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times. The officer, who was not named, is in stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital, said Matt Carper, interim director and chief of the Dayton Police Department during a Tuesday night media briefing outside the public safety building. The suspect, who also was not ...

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Sep. 22—One of the oddities of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an increase in fatal vehicle crashes. This is counterintuitive, considering that mileage driven has decreased — particularly early in the pandemic, when stay-at-home orders left the roads nearly barren. Americans drove 13 percent fewer miles in 2020 compared with the previous year, but the number of people killed by cars increased ...

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to speak at 11 a.m. (GMT) in Del Rio, addressing the arrival of thousands of Haitians to the border town. Federal and state officials are collaborating to move people from the camp as quickly as possible. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, Texas Military Department Adjutant General Tracy Norris and National Border Patrol Council ...