Kansas City Newspaper Urges Mike Pompeo to ‘Stay Away’ from Home State

The Kansas City Star urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stay away from his home state of Kansas on Wednesday as it argued that the state would be “much better” without the top Trump administration official.

Publishing an op-ed as the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, the newspaper argued that America would be “better” once Pompeo had left office, and hit out at his “sad record” at the Department of State.

The Kansas City title, based in the Missouri city bordering with Kansas, added that Pompeo had tried “his best to wreck” American foreign policy as the incoming Joe Biden administration neared the Oval Office.

“In about a week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s service will mercifully come to an end,” the Kansas City Star wrote. “America will be better when he leaves office. Kansas will be much better if he decides

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Tide players from Florida want to finish with win in home state

Alabama has a history of recruiting some of the top talent out of the state of Florida and getting those players to continue their football careers in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide’s 2020-21 team, which will compete for a national championship on Monday, is no different.

Top-ranked Alabama (12-0) has 15 scholarship players from the state of Florida on its current roster, and those 15 players will return to their home state this weekend for the College Football Playoff national title game against No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) in Miami Gardens, Fla.

“We’re all very excited to come back home and play in the national championship,” said cornerback Patrick Surtain II, a native of Plantation, Fla. “All our families are going to be there. They’re going to be excited. Repping the hometown is an exciting feeling, knowing how much tradition you’ve brought into the South Florida world.

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New Mexico judge sides with man who sued state for blocking nursing home visits with wife

New Mexico judge this week decided in favor of 78-year-old Gary Hein, who sued the state for keeping him apart from his wife, who currently lives in a nursing home, during the coronavirus pandemic, according to local reports.

The New Mexico Health Department must revise a provision enacted in March allowing nursing homes to make their own rules regarding visitor bans, State District Judge Matthew Wilson ordered Monday after hearing Hein’s case, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

“Loss of familial association for even minimal amounts of time constitutes irreparable injury,” Wilson’s ruling states, according to the outlet. “Nothing, such as video conferencing, is a substitute for in-person, physical contact with a loved one.”

The public health order regarding visitation must be revised in consideration of the constitutional rights of residents and families, he ruled. The New Mexico Department of Health did not immediately respond to

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Exton Home To State Department Of Health Bureau Of Laboratories

EXTON, PA — Chester County has been home to the State Bureau of Laboratories since 1977, and the state Department of Health laboratory in Exton is busy both with public health testing and in its role as a regulator of labs that serve the public.

The Exton home of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Laboratories is about two and a half miles south of the PA Turnpike and operates Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It employs 77 people, including contractors, laboratorians, security guards, and other state employees, according to Maggi Barton, Deputy Press Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The lab also ensures 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week coverage for critical tests and response to public health emergencies, like the COVID-19 pandemic. “The state lab has worked tirelessly to ensure specimens have been tested and results are delivered in an efficient fashion,” Barton told Patch this week.

The bureau declined a

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New data suggests millions of Americans traveled for Thanksgiving despite CDC recommendations and state stay-at-home orders

There’s yet more data suggesting that millions of Americans gathered for Thanksgiving despite public health pleas to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic — including Californians who were told to shelter in place.

More than four million people in the U.S. journeyed away from home for Thanksgiving, according to data shared with CNN by The Center for New Data, including more than 1.6 million who traveled out of state.

The Center for New Data is a nonprofit agency that works with reporting partners like ProPublica and the Washington Post, and tech partners like Snowflake
and Okta
to study public issues such as the pandemic and election integrity.

For its Thanksgiving travel research, it used geolocation data to anonymously track the movements of more than 30 million devices across the country, comparing each phone or tablet’s established home base with its location on Thanksgiving to see

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