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Pence urges school reopening in Louisiana amid virus surge

(Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:16 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence insisted schools should reopen to in-person instruction for students in a visit to Louisiana. The state has reemerged as one of the nation’s hot spots for the coronavirus only months after signs pointed to a successful outbreak response.

The Republican vice president appeared at Louisiana State University with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders. Pence described the nation as “in a much better position today to deal with the pandemic” even as virus cases surge across much of the country.

Louisiana isn’t taking the wide-open approach sought by Pence. Schools are planning a mix of online and in-person learning this fall.

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