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Arkansas is counting on its schools to be open in the fall, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said at an Axios virtual event Tuesday.

The big picture: Hutchinson said he expects that his state will have the capacity to manage the virus through contact tracing and other measures if it returns, and that schools may have to close for several days if necessary. Hutchinson closed schools for the rest of the school year in early April.

What he's saying: "I don't expect next year if there's somewhat of a resurgence that we'll be closing the same level of businesses that we did this year. ... In terms of our schools, we're going to start. We're going to have full-blown activities," Hutchinson said.

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Chicago Public Schools to begin school year with fully remote classes

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Chicago Public Schools will start the next school year with fully remote classes, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: CPS is the third-largest public school district in the country, serving 361,000 students in over 600 schools. The move will likely avoid a possible strike from the city's teachers union, which had called for the school year to start remotely.

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Higher education expands its climate push

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New or expanded climate initiatives are popping up at several universities, a sign of the topic's rising prominence and recognition of the threats and opportunities it creates.

Why it matters: Climate and clean energy initiatives at colleges and universities are nothing new, but it shows expanded an campus focus as the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, and the world is nowhere near the steep emissions cuts that scientists say are needed to hold future warming in check.

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The pandemic isn't slowing tech

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Thursday's deluge of Big Tech earnings reports showed one thing pretty clearly: COVID-19 may be bad in all sorts of ways, but it's not slowing down the largest tech companies. If anything, it's helping some companies, like Amazon and Apple.

Yes, but: With the pandemic once again worsening in the U.S. and Europe, it's not clear how long the tech industry's winning streak can last.