Newburyport council OKs island stabilization funding, school budget order | Local News

NEWBURYPORT — The City Council approved a $50,000 transfer from the Plum Island utility trust fund on Monday for a shoreline stabilization project on Reservation Terrace.

The money will be used to install and stack a row of sand-filled “super sacks” in the area where the dune previously stood along Reservation Terrace since homes and the neighborhood’s sewer system have grown increasingly vulnerable to storm surge.

“We’re very concerned about the upcoming storm season,” Mayor Donna Holaday said during the council’s meeting Monday night. “This is really critical that we mobilize as soon as possible on this project.”

The 10 councilors present voted unanimously to approve the order. Ward 3 Councilor Heather Shand was absent.

Councilor at large Charles Tontar noted the project is intended to “bide time” for the neighborhood’s residents for about “one or two years,” with the anticipation that a Merrimack River dredging project will be able

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FDA OKs clinical trials for ‘lagundi’ as COVID-19 supplemental treatment

Image from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development website.

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña on Saturday said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the clinical trials for “lagundi” (Vitex negundo) also known as the Chinese chaste tree as a supplemental treatment against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Yung pong sa lagundi ay good news po ay inaprubahan ng ng FDA ang clinical trials,” Dela Peña said during the Laging Handa press briefing.

(Good news, lagundi has been approved by the FDA for clinical trials.)

“So ito lang, early this week po naaprubahan (It was approved earlier this week),” he added.

According to Dela Peña, the clinical trials for lagundi will be participated by COVID-19 patients having mild symptoms, and are admitted in three quarantine centers: the Quezon Institute quarantine center, Sta. Ana Hospital, and Philippine National Police-National Capital

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Berkeley Co. OKs funding for two new deputies | West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council voted 5-0 on Thursday to allocate about $115,000 to hire two additional county law enforcement deputies.

The move comes after the county was unsuccessful in its application earlier this year for grant funding through the office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a component of the U.S. Justice Department, to assist with hiring more deputies.

Thursday’s move increases the number of uniformed county deputies to 62, including Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller, ranking administrative officers, and deputies assigned to criminal investigations, the state court system and school resource officers.

That leaves a little more than 40 deputies for road patrol, Keller said.

Keller earlier this year requested seven additional deputies, including the restoration of two positions that were eliminated as part of a compensation agreement to adjust the salaries of the officers.

The county set aside funds for three additional deputies, but the county

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Idaho committee OKs $150 million for education funding

A committee helping oversee Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Tuesday approved spending $150 million to help educate students.

The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request from last week and unanimously approved spending $100 million to replace a similar amount cut by Little in 2020 due to pandemic-related budgetary concerns.

The committee also unanimously approved spending $50 million to be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce or dip into household money while their children learn amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. That money will be distributed based on income and can be used to purchase educational materials, computers and other services.

The $100 million allocated to Idaho’s 310,000 school kids will be divvied up among schools at $315 per student. But officials are having to use old enrollment numbers

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CFAC OKs $150 million for education funding; McGeachin calls for delay but skips meeting to attend Trump fundraiser | Eye on Boise

CFAC, the governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee, voted unanimously today in favor of restoring the $99 million in school budget cuts and adding $50 million for Idaho families by tapping CARES Act funds, but Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who skipped the meeting to attend a campaign fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr. in Stanley, submitted a letter calling for putting off the vote, saying it was “no small matter” and should be studied more. She was the only one to raise any objections.

Here’s the email McGeachin sent to her fellow CFAC members just 13 minutes before the start of today’s 1 p.m. meeting:

“Dear CFAC Members:

I am not able to participate in the meeting today, but I did want to express my concerns about the proposal before you today. Spending $150 million is no small matter and we have not had an opportunity to review fully the details of

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Md. Board of Education OKs requirements for new school year

The members of the Maryland State Board of Education approved new requirements for instruction for the school year.

One day after a number of Maryland schools started classes, the state Board of Education approved new requirements for instruction for the school year.

According to the plan approved by the board, schools must include three and a half hours of “synchronous” instruction each day. Synchronous means live, online instruction. It will be up to the school districts to decide how that three and a half hours will be provided for grades K-12.

School districts that planned to not have students return for in-person instruction until the second semester are also required to “reevaluate their reopening plans” and submit them to the Maryland State Department of Education by the third week of November.

The requirements passed by the state school board came after an initial set of benchmarks from state Superintendent Karen

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