It's been well over a year since many people in the U.S. began working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many state and city officials welcomed news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday that fully vaccinated people in the U.S. can forgo masks and social distancing.

But some still stopped short of immediately implementing the changes.

The CDC said vaccinated people must follow existing state, local or tribal laws and regulations on masks and social distancing, as well as policies at businesses and workplaces.

Land-grant universities broadened access to higher education in the United States — but only at the expense of Indigenous Americans.

Nearly 11 million acres of land were taken from tribes and Native communities to fund the universities, according to an investigation by High Country News. That investigation, published a year ago, has since won awards and sparked calls for change.

When the CDC announced on Thursday that fully vaccinated people can safely take off their masks in most settings, one group that did not necessarily breathe a sigh of relief was the parents of young children.

Some noted that the CDC's new guidance does not have any specific advice for vaccinated parents with unvaccinated kids in their households.

The Colorado Sun, a 2.5-year-old digital news site based in Denver, is acquiring a family-run chain of 24 suburban Colorado newspapers as part of an effort to preserve hyper-local journalism. The Colorado Sun has partnered with the non-profit National Trust for Local News to run the papers.

Pervis Staples, a founding member of the Staple Singers, has died. According to a statement from a family spokesperson, he died suddenly in his home in Dolton, Ill, on May 6. He was 85 years old.

Ben Tobin has questions about the Grand Canyon’s caves.

The University of Kentucky geologist started learning about caves as a young man, in part because his mother was a geologist, and a childhood fascination grew over time.

“Caves are a really special place in many ways,” Tobin said.

When he was in college, an internship in Arkansas doing cave tours got him hooked, and eventually his work brought him out West, to Grand Canyon National Park.

Leave No Trace Principles Help Preserve National Parks

May 11, 2021
Arches National Park

What do poor planning, spilling micro-trash, and rock collecting have in common? It’s all behavior to avoid if you’re visiting national Parksplike Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde. KZMU Radio in Moab recently spoke with a park ranger who breaks down seven principles she says will ensure recreationists leave no trace during their visit.

Updated May 12, 2021 at 7:29 PM ET

Teens and preteens in the U.S. have spent much of the past year distance learning. Many have missed out on birthday parties, book clubs, team sports and hanging out with groups of friends.

Last year, the Irish people raised nearly $2 million dollars for the Navajo and Hopi Nations so they could protect themselves from the pandemic. At the time, the infection rate in the Navajo community – 2,304 cases per 100,000 — was the highest in the country and nearly 40% higher than even the epicenter of New York City.

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