AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Grocery workers across the globe are working the frontlines during lockdowns meant to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Their stores are deemed essential, and their work puts them close to the public and therefore at risk. Often in low-wage jobs, the workers have earned praise from Pope Francis and former U.S. President Barack Obama. But with infection and death rates climbing, workers are demanding better pay, protections and access to testing. Some major chains like Kroger and Walmart are providing bonuses and protective gear. But that doesn’t always alleviate workers’ fears, especially when customers don’t practice social distancing.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Reported coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to surge in Texas as Gov. Greg Abbott continues his phased reopening of the state’s economic activity. The Department of State Health Services says 1,649 […]
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson encouraged the state’s residents to “tip very generously” and “spend money” when they head back into public in the coming days as stores, restaurants, malls and […]
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will allow restaurants to reopen their dining rooms May 11 on a limited basis as the state begins lifting restrictions on businesses imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. […]