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Teachers in CO Could Face Criminal Charges If Don’t Enforce Mask Mandate; Punishable By Prison

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PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – Some parents are suing Tri-County Health Department over its mask mandate. At issue is whether teachers and administrators can be arrested, charged and prosecuted, not only if they don’t wear masks themselves in school, but if their students don’t wear masks.

The superintendent of Littleton Public Schools told the school board last week they could be held criminally liable for not enforcing the mask mandate.

Tri-County Health says if educators don’t enforce the mandate, it’s a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and $5,000 fine.

“I’m not an anti-masker. I support anything that we can do. What I am against is abusing the power of teachers against their will, against the will of the children and against the will of people,” said Tara Kohl, whose son is a 3rd grader at Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker.

She’s among some 10 parents suing Tri-County Health after, she says, teachers at her son’s school refused to let him inside unless he wore a mask.

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New York City: Fines For Maskless People On Mass Transit

MTA To Start Issuing $50 Fines To Riders Not Wearing Masks

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New York City: Fines For Maskless People On Mass Transit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Wearing masks on buses and subway trains has already been the rule for months now, but too many people still aren’t following it, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its warning period is over.

Safety on the subway is always top of mind, and now it’s not just about protecting passengers from crime but from COVID.

To halt unnecessary health risks and keep precautions on track, the MTA is urgently warning refusing to cover your face will cost you $50.

“We need everyone to do their part and mask up. We know this is what our customers want. They told us they feel safer when they see their fellow customers wearing masks,” said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren. “It’s the ultimate sign of respect.”

After months of handing out hundreds of thousands of masks  on mass transit, the MTA is taking a stern stance and stepping up enforcement.

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Tennessee: Shooting in Kroger

13 people injured, 1 dead at Collierville Kroger

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Tennessee: Shooting in Kroger

Collierville, Tenn. — An active shooter has been reported at the Kroger in Collierville, according to the Town of Collierville.

Thirteen victims were reported and one of them has been pronounced dead.

The shooter is also dead.

What we know:

Thirteen people were injured. One person was pronounced dead. The shooter is also dead, and police believe this was a self-inflicted gunshot. The victims’ conditions range from minor to extremely serious.

A brief timeline of events:

  • The active shooter was reported at 1:30 p.m..
  • Four minutes later at 1:34 p.m., the first officer arrived on the scene
  • The Swat team arrived, went aisle to aisle clearing the scene. They helped employees out who were in hiding and/or injured. They were hiding in the freezers and locked closets.

They are still working multiple scenes at the Kroger including the shooter’s car and other personal equipment believed to belong to the shooter.

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Seattle keeps buying new buildings to house homeless

‘The fastest we have ever brought housing online’: Seattle to buy 3 new buildings to house homeless

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Seattle keeps buying new buildings to house homeless

SEATTLE — Three new buildings in Seattle with 165 studio apartments that were supposed to be rented at market rates will instead house people leaving homelessness and people at risk of becoming homeless.

The nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute will buy the buildings on Capitol Hill for about $50 million, with city and state housing programs sharing the cost equally, The Seattle Times reported. Seattle is using federal COVID-19 relief funds for their part, Mayor Jenny Durkan said this week.

Two of the buildings will be managed by LIHI for adults. The third will be managed by YouthCare for young adults. Each will have a live-in case worker, Sharon Lee, LIHI’s executive director, said.

The deals will house people quickly and cheaply, relative to the time and cost required to develop low-income projects from scratch, Durkan said. The three buildings should be occupied by the end of the year, according to the city.

“This is the fastest we have ever brought housing online,” Lee said.

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