County almost halfway through coronavirus relief money

Hawaii County spent almost half of its $80 million federal coronavirus relief money in the first seven months of the program, and with three months to go before the money has to be spent or returned, Mayor Harry Kim is confident returning it won’t be an option.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. — Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But during the past two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term

WASHINGTON — Gone are the days when President Donald Trump appeared daily at the White House podium flanked by members of his coronavirus task force. And the days when Vice President Mike Pence and other task force officials would head to Trump’s office to brief him immediately after their meetings.

Irwin: Bumps in the road

Every day on my way into campus, I slowly traverse multiple speed bumps, or calming devices as some call them. It is easy to get annoyed as I bounce along, but I remind myself of its purpose — to slow down traffic in order to keep everyone safe on campus.

US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.