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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, a healthcare worker prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.  North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday, May 5 advanced a bill through a committee that would prevent state and local governments from punishing workers who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

As vaccinations drop, N. Carolina may offer financial perks

- Associated Press

At a time when fewer and fewer North Carolinians are coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials are examining ideas from other states to see what incentives might work to boost participation.

Minnesota community vaccination sites now taking walk-ins

Associated Press

Vaccine-eligible Minnesotans can walk in for a COVID-19 shot without an appointment at the state’s Community Vaccination Program locations effective immediately, the governor's office announced Friday.

Man agrees to plead guilty to some charges in PPP fraud case

- Associated Press

A businessman who federal authorities say faked suicide to avoid prosecution for fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans intended for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic has agreed to plead guilty to some charges, according to court documents.

FILE - In this April 12, 2021 file photo, people over age 60 line up to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the University Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. Mexico City's government announced on Friday, May 7, 2021 that public hospitals dedicated to fighting COVID-19 are experiencing their lowest rate occupancy of the pandemic and the city is slightly easing some restrictions, more than three months after infections peaked in the Mexican capital in January. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico City exhales as COVID-19 infections fall

Associated Press

More than three months after COVID-19 infections peaked in Mexico City, the local government announced Friday that the public hospital network dedicated to fighting the disease is experiencing its lowest rate occupancy of the pandemic.

Louisiana rental assistance expanding to include utilities

Associated Press

Louisiana is adding utility payment assistance to a state-run, federally funded program established to help renters and landlords affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the governor's office announced Friday.

West Virginia to lift statewide mask mandate on June 20

- Associated Press

West Virginia will lift its statewide mask mandate on June 20 after state officials projected more than two-thirds of eligible residents will be vaccinated against the coronavirus by then, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday.

Boxer Canelo Alvarez of Mexico listens during a pre-fight news conference, Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. Alvarez fights Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday, May 8, 2021, for the unified super middleweight world championship. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Busy Alvarez back in Texas for unification bout vs. Saunders

- Associated Press

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is back in the ring for the third time in less than five months with a “Cinco de Mayo” theme serving as a backdrop for the Mexican star after the pandemic scrubbed the same matchup a year ago.