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Some South Dakota farmers are unhappy with industrial ag getting conservation funds; Texas judge allows abortion in Cox case; Native tribes express concern over Nevada's clean energy projects.

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The Colorado Supreme Court weighs barring Trump from office, Georgia Republicans may be defying a federal judge with a Congressional map splitting a Black majority district and fake electors in Wisconsin finally agree Biden won there in 2020.

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Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.

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Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby are charged with two felonies, including interference with an election officer and conspiracy, in Cochise County. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Expert: AZ leads with election related lawsuits ahead of 2024

Despite concerns about the next election, one Arizona legal expert says courts have generally sided with voters and democracy. Victoria Lopez is …

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The ongoing Israel and Hamas conflict is affecting student organizations in Florida and across the country. (hosnysalah/Pixabay)
FL student groups defend Palestinian rights with lawsuits against state officials

The Students for Justice in Palestine chapters at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida are filing lawsuits against the deacti…

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Most candidate elections in Arizona are determined in the Primary Election, where only about 23% of registered adults voted in August 2020. (Adobe Stock)
Bipartisan AZ group pushes for open primaries on 2024 ballot

This week, a bipartisan group in Arizona officially launched its campaign to do away with the state's current system of primary elections - which are …

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In Alabama correctional facilities, prisoners are allowed a total of four books, to include a Bible or equivalent religious study book, an educational dictionary, a law book, and/or novel, at any one time. (Adobe Stock)
Alabama bookstore works to break barriers for people in prison

An Alabama bookstore is working to make sure people in prison have access to books. The Burdock Book Collective in Birmingham is on a mission to …

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A 2022 Compassion & Choices poll finds 57% of nurses support medical aid in dying, professionally, and 49% said they support it personally. (Adobe Stock)
Medical aid-in-dying bill sees stronger support in NY Legislature

Legislation to allow medical aid in dying bill has been introduced in New York State every year since 2015, and its backers say 2024 could be the …

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A 2021 poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst found 65% of residents support same-day voter registration, compared to 28% who oppose it. (Adobe Stock)
MA groups push same-day voter registration to replace provisional ballots

Voting rights groups in Massachusetts say provisional ballot data from the 2022 statewide election highlight the need for same-day voter registration…

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Rashida Tlaib is the only Palestinian American and just one of two Muslim Women in Congress. (Drew Angerer/Getty)
Bush stands by censured congresswoman who says she won't be silenced

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the sole Palestinian-American voice in Congress, was officially reprimanded last Tuesday, but many of her colleagues say …

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The need for multilingual voting information is key in many communities. For instance, some 40% of Asian Americans in Nevada speak English less than
NV election experts share 'what to know' ahead of 2024 races

With less than a year until the 2024 presidential election, Nevada election experts see a number of threats that could affect voters - from …

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More than 30,000 labor activists have signed a letter calling on top U.S. union leaders to
Postal Workers become largest union to demand ceasefire in Gaza

One of the nation's largest labor unions has become the latest organization to demand a ceasefire in Gaza as Israel's war with Hamas plays out…

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Polls across the state will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Voters must be registered to vote ahead of Election Day. Indiana does not offer same-day voter registration on Election Day. (Adobe Stock)
Mixed early voting turnout in Indiana municipal elections

Voters are selecting leaders for their cities and towns in Tuesday's 2023 Indiana Municipal Elections. Low voter turnout isn't unusual in many …

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While they scored some gains in the most recent redistricting process, North Dakota tribal advocates say legislative boundaries often dilute the voting power of Native Americans. (Adobe Stock)
ND tribal advocates: Community work matters in redistricting cases

North Dakota is one step closer to getting a full sense of how the courts view redistricting challenges in tribal areas. Legal representatives say …

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott believes new laws and the continuation of Operation Lone Star are necessary to
Civil rights groups call Texas' proposed laws, razor wire dehumanizing

A set of border security bills under consideration by Texas lawmakers will cause harm to migrants, residents, and state law, according to a state …

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