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Donald Trump declines to take the witness stand; Colorado first in nation to offer free mental health care to youths; NE Center for Rural Affairs' $62 million EPA grant will expand solar access; and new report reveals long-term salary slide for MI teachers.

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Republicans may use the phantom of noncitizen voters to overturn the election, Supreme Court Justice Alito's display of an upside-down American flag reignites calls for an ethics code, and Missouri Dems filibuster for abortion rights.

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Americans are buying up rubber ducks ahead of Memorial Day, Nebraskans who want residential solar have a new lifeline, seven community colleges are working to provide students with a better experience, and Mississippi's "Big Muddy" gets restoration help.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says addressing prison gerrymandering has become one of the fastest-growing trends in enacting redistricting reforms. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Minnesota's legislative session wrapped up over the weekend with lawmakers banning so-called prison gerrymandering. The provision was part of an …

Nationally, the number of state legislators from the working class has declined since the prior session where 129 or 1.8% were working class. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
A new study found the number of state legislators from working-class backgrounds are scarce in Maryland and nationwide. Researchers from Duke …

In 1996, Congress passed a law prohibiting noncitizens from voting in federal elections, although some municipalities allow noncitizens to vote in local elections, including school board races. (Adobe Stock) <br />
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Monday, May 20, 2024
Veterans and service members in New Hampshire said legislation to create one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws would be a betrayal of their sacr…

Birth through age five is a critical time for teaching kids how to read. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Oregon is poised to distribute funds for early childhood learning and literacy. In 2023, lawmakers passed the Early Literacy Success Initiative…

Vose Elementary is unique as a 750-student preschool through sixth-grade Spanish dual-immersion school focused on playful inquiry and habits of mind. (Adobe Stock)
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The Beaverton School District is blazing a trail in early education through bilingual learning labs, which emphasize playful inquiry and habits of …

Families at Luiseno Elementary School in Corona listen to a recent workshop featuring the Ready, Tech, Go program. (Lifetouch)
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Parents may wonder when is the right time to give a child a cell phone or tablet, or how can they help their kids stay safe online. The National …

Many states with lower teacher pay have enacted or are currently considering state-level policies to universally raise teacher compensation. (BillionPhotos.com)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Teachers in Michigan are taking home less pay than they did in past years, according to new research from Michigan State University. The average …

As we near summer, tens of millions of Americans will take to our nation's waters to spend time with family and friends. (Adobe Stock)
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Hoosiers are launching their boats to enjoy another season on the water. However, before jumping aboard, now is an ideal time to review safety plans …

Educational Savings Accounts cost Iowa $104.7 million in the first year of the program, nearly $31 million more than lawmakers had approved. (Adobe Stock)
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By Lane Wendell Fischer for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Iowa News Service reporting for The Daily Yonder-Public News Service …

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics says unionized workers in the United States enjoyed a 6.3% increase in nominal wages in the 12 months ending in March, compared with 4.1% for nonunion workers. (Dragana Gordic/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
For Pennsylvanians on the hunt for employment opportunities, the Keystone State offers a favorable landscape. The state's jobless rate stayed at a …

According to WorkingNation, more than 100,000 Americans miss work because of child care problems. (Adobe stock)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
By Victoria Lim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News Service Collabor…

Minnesota's minimum wage of $10.85 took effect in January. It includes lower levels for small employers and workers falling under a handful of other categories. (Adobe Stock)
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Minnesota is moving closer to ensure all workers are eligible for the state's minimum wage of $10.85 an hour. The Legislature has been taking action …

New Mexico is seventh among states with the most illegal street racers, according to Insurify. (AKGKStudio/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
A new survey shows there's been an increase in the number of police officers on the streets since the COVID-19 exodus, but some Americans are still …

Experts believe increasing access to healthy food is not just about nutrition, it is about addressing disparities and improving overall health outcomes. (ARTFULLY-79/Adobe Stock)
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Missouri residents are gaining new insights into the powerful role of food in health care as experts and organizations advocate for a shift toward foo…

The U.S. Department of Defense has known about the existential threat of climate change for decades, and wildfires now cost upward of 394 billion dollars in damages each year. But taxpayers invested just 14 dollars in wildfire management. (Adobe Stock)
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As many Wyomingites await their 2023 federal income tax refunds, a new National Priorities Project report breaks down how the money they won't get …

Arts and cultural production employed 4.1% of working Wyomingites in 2022, providing nearly 12,000 jobs. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
Wyoming is known for its wild landscapes, cowboy culture, and natural resources. Some are hoping to add the arts to that list. When ranked by the …

An installation view of the exhibition Art Against the Odds, is shown at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of Kate Mothes)
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By Kate Mothes for Arts Midwest.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Wisconsin News Connection reporting for the Arts Midwest-Public News Service Collab…

For centuries before Europeans arrived in North America, the buffalo not only provided Indigenous societies powerful spiritual support and healing, but also food, clothing, toys, tools, shelter and other necessities of life. (Adobe Stock)
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The Wind River Water and Buffalo Alliance is looking for a graphic artist to develop a logo. Before Europeans arrived, some 60 million buffalo …

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Parents of young people harmed by social media platforms are urging Congress to pass the "Kids Online Safety Act," to hold tech companies liable for their products and create a "duty of care" to ensure greater child health and safety protections. (ParentsSOS)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
Massachusetts parents of children harmed by social media platforms are calling on Congress to advance the bipartisan "Kids Online Safety Act." The bi…

Research shows children in families of color, particularly Black and Latino families, have been more likely to experience gaps in health coverage. (Adobe Stock)
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More than 300,000 children have been dropped from Medicaid and Peach Care for kids since the pandemic ended. A report from the Georgetown University …

In December 2023, more than 4 million fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program nationwide than the month before each state began the process of renewing eligibility after continuous coverage protections were lifted. (Adobe Stock)
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The Medicaid and Nevada Check Up programs had more than 13,000 fewer children enrolled last year than during the pandemic, according to new research …

Emerson Elementary is one of Albuquerque's public schools where crossing guards keep kids safe. (City of Albuquerque)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
Crossing guards see a lot of kids who could use some new duds. But for the second year, the "Seats and Feets" Albuquerque clothing drive is …

Veterans account for about 10% of the total population in North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)
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Veterans in North Carolina are in desperate need of reliable transportation and the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Transportation Network is reaching out …

Older Idahoans have higher rates of volunteerism than younger people. (Krakenimages.com/Adobe Stock)
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AARP Idaho is seeking nominations in the state for its prestigious award for outstanding volunteers. The Andrus Award for Community Service is named …

Several house Republicans including New York's Mike Lawler signed a letter opposing CFPB's rule aimed at banning excessive credit card late fees. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
New Yorkers could benefit from a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule. It caps credit card late fees at $8, or - at the credit card …

Washington state is supporting 10 projects with $20 million to bring broadband to rural areas. (Christian/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
Washington state is investing in bringing high-speed internet to more people in rural areas. The Washington State Public Works Board has approved $20…

Ohio became the 24th state to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2023. (Konstiantyn Zapylaie/Adobe Stock)
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This week, Ohio approved adult-use marijuana sales as part of a 2023 ballot measure, with sales anticipated to start mid-June. Ohioans age 21 and …

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Between 2000 and 2020, the number of young people held in juvenile justice facilities fell from 109,000 to 25,000, a 77% decline. But racial disparities persist, according to The Sentencing Project. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Monday, May 20, 2024
The U.S. Justice Department is launching an investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse at Kentucky's eight youth detention centers - …

People released after serving long prison sentences are statistically very unlikely to reoffend.<br />(viperagp/Adobe Stock)
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Mother's Day has a special place in the heart of a Michigan woman whose mother's incarceration kept them separated for decades. Jen Szénay of …

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about 305,360 men and 93,925 women are released from prisons and jails in North Carolina every year. (Felix Mizioznikov/Adobe stock)
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A North Carolina group hopes to help people stay out of prison by connecting them to critical resources. Recidivism Reduction Educational Programs …

Both the American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recognized firearm injuries and deaths as a significant public health crisis. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Monday, May 20, 2024
Firearm-related injuries in Colorado hit a peak in 2022, with over 7,000 health care claims and at a cost of $8.4 million, according to a new …

New Hampshire lacks many of the fundamental gun safety laws enforced in other New England states, including extreme risk protection orders or requirements for concealed-carry permits or background checks on gun buyers. (Adobe Stock)
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The New Hampshire Senate will vote this week on a bipartisan gun violence prevention bill prompted by last year's deadly shooting at New Hampshire Hos…

Researchers with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions say safe storage of firearms is a good way to prevent suicides, especially when adolescents are in the home. (Adobe Stock)
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The end date for Minnesota's legislative session is less than two weeks away. One of the remaining debates is gun safety and supporters of a safe …

The newest data for Arkansas Food Bank's 33-county service area highlights disparities and reveals the need for community action. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
The Arkansas Food Bank said it's prepared for an increase in food demand as we go into the summer months. The latest "Map the Meal Gap" report from …

Each week during the school year, more than 8,300 children receive a backpack of meals for the weekend through Food Bank for the Heartland's BackPack Program. (Photo courtesy of Food Bank for the Heartland)
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A new report shows food insecurity in Nebraska increased in 2022 over the year before. Feeding America's latest "Map the Meal Gap" survey showed the …

Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study is the only one providing local-level estimates of food insecurity and costs for every county and congressional district. (disha1980/Adobe Stock)
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Texas leads the nation in food insecurity. According to the latest "Map the Meal Gap" study, from Feeding America, nearly 5 million people in the …

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A U.S. Department of Justice report noted 20% of the staff sexual misconduct occurred in a correction facility's cell, its commissary, cafeteria, or workshop. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
A lawsuit filed this month against the Illinois Departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice might help tip the scales for legislation pending in S…

Restorative justice programs have increased the justice system's capacity to meet the needs of those harmed by adolescent misbehavior. (Adobe Stock)
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Efforts to keep young people out of the criminal justice system are working, according to a new Sentencing Project report. Elie Zwiebel, attorney …

Across the country, states and counties are advancing reforms to expand and improve youth diversion programs, according to a report from The Sentencing Project. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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A new report showed a decade after being passed, Kentucky's juvenile justice reform law is getting results. It found 60% of juvenile cases were …

An estimated 500 South Dakotans between ages 13 and 17, and 2,900 adults, identify as transgender, according to UCLA's Williams Institute. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
A staggering 93% of transgender teens live in states that have either enacted or proposed laws that would restrict their rights - according to a new r…

A total of 38,600 transgender youth now live in states where a policy has been enacted that either explicitly or implicitly restricts their access to bathrooms and other facilities, according to the report. (Adobe Stock)
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Ninety-three percent of transgender teens live in a state that has enacted or proposed legislation that would restrict their rights - according to a n…

One in three transgender youths report not feeling safe to go to the doctor or hospital when they feel sick or injured, according to The Trevor Project. (Adobe Stock)
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A staggering 93% of transgender teens live in a state that has enacted or proposed legislation that would restrict their rights, according to a new …

Unpaid family caregivers provided more than 920 million hours of care to senior family members. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 20, 2024
For Older Americans Month, AARP Virginia is hosting an event today about family caregivers. Virginia caregivers provided $14 billion of unpaid care …

"As our report shows, access to adequate Social Security benefits is a top concern among older Iowans, especially women," said AARP Iowa State Director Brand Anderson. (Adobe Stock)
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New research released by AARP Iowa shows how important Social Security benefits are to people who receive them - and the numbers reveal women are far …

A recent study from Ohio State University finds older adults who said they were prepared to handle extreme weather emergencies had at least a three-day supply of necessities to sustain life during emergencies, including food, water, clothing, flashlights and medicine. (Adobe Stock)
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Twenty percent of older adults in central Ohio either were not prepared or did not know if they were prepared for extreme weather, according to a …

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Ho-Chunk, Inc., Apprenticeship Program participant Marquez Bass (right) works with Information Technology Technician Blade Smith to run network cable at one of the company's buildings in Winnebago, Nebraska. (Ho-Chunk, Inc.)
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Workforce watchers project the country could face critical worker shortages in many of the skilled trades in coming years. The Nebraska Winnebago …

Last month, tribal and community leaders joined members of Congress from across the West to present more than 800,000 petition signatures, urging President Joe Biden to use the Antiquities Act to designate and expand national monuments. (Dominic Gentilcore/Adobe Stock)
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Native American tribes in Nevada are calling for designation of a new national monument within the National Park System in east central Nevada…

Nevada has 62,000 Urban Indians, according to the University of Nevada, Reno. (Adobe Stock)
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A Nevada grassroots organization has launched its inaugural endorsement process for the 2024 elections in an effort to champion indigenous voices in t…

A Harvard study from 2021 said 96.4% of Black Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, despite widely reported vandalism, property damage and looting in the news. (Drazen/AdobeStock)
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In a blow to free speech and the right to assemble, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case involving the rights of protest …

Bates was born in Huttig, Ark., in 1914, three white men allegedly murdered her mother while she was an infant, which inspired her to fight for civil rights. (Photo Courtesy of Barry Jefferson)
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A new statue at the U.S. Capitol honors Arkansas civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. The eight foot bronze statue is in the National Statuary …

The ACLU says, "instead of trying to violently censor Texans, state officials have a responsibility to create spaces for students, staff and faculty to express their views and engage in peaceful protest."<br />(PPstock/Adobe Stock)
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas says it is monitoring protests at college campuses, after almost 60 students protesting the Israeli-…

Recent statewide figures look promising, but homelessness in South Dakota has risen more than 120% since 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Adobe Stock)
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Homelessness in South Dakota may be down overall, but the state's urban areas are an exception. New programs in Sioux Falls aim to address it…

Between October 2022 and November 2023, there were 136,295 eviction filings in Virginia, about 466 eviction filings on an average day. (Adobe Stock)
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As Virginia evictions rise, one group is helping low-income renters fight back. Before the pandemic, evictions peaked at 16,000 in January 2020…

A Marist Poll found 31% of rural New Yorkers want increased state funding for developing new homes. (Adobe Stock)
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New York's 2025 budget takes proactive steps to address rural housing. In the budget, $10 million was allocated for improvements to rural housing …

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A new survey by the group Make the Road New York showed one-third of New York City migrant workers with steady jobs weren't getting minimum wage or timely pay, due to their immigration status. (Adobe Stock)
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A new survey showed New York City's population of asylum-seekers is struggling, and makes suggestions for improvements. The survey by the group Make …

Refugees arriving via the Uniting for Ukraine program must secure support from a local sponsor to resettle in South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
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South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation for its rate of refugee resettlements per capita and the rate increased dramatically in the last year…

The Iowa Movement for Migrant Justice calls Senate File 2340 a "ridiculous stunt," passed in an election year "to mobilize voters using fear and anti-immigrant sentiment." (Adobe Stock)
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Advocates for immigrants are pushing back on a bill signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in the last few days of the legislative session, modeled on a …

Sen. John Rizzo, D-Independence, said 2024 has been a year of delays in the Missouri General Assembly. The budget came one week later than usual, and even agriculture bills required the support of Democrats. (Helistockter)
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Missouri's House of Representatives approved a budget of about $51 billion just before a Friday 6 p.m. deadline. Gov. Mike Parsons has labeled it …

A special session of the Missouri Legislature to complete the budget may be needed if it is not finalized by Friday at 6 p.m.(luzitanija/Adobe Stock)
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Child care advocates are pushing for increased funding as the budget deadline approaches this Friday. Robyn Schelp, director of policy and advocacy …

Louisiana teachers are concerned private schools using tax dollars for students will not be held to the same academic standards as public schools. (Adobe Stock)
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A plan to use public money to fund vouchers for students to attend private schools is drawing pushback from Louisiana teachers, who say the plan …

Constructed in a Spanish-Colonial style, the Parco/Sinclair Theatre opened on June 9, 1924. (Photo by Alliance for Historic Wyoming Staff)
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On May 21, the town of Sinclair is hosting a free screening of the Wyoming PBS documentary "100 Years on the Lincoln Highway" at the newly restored …

High school basketball courts in North Dakota have been the scene of several reported racial taunting incidents over the past couple of years. Tribal advocates said discrimination by non-Native fans has been going on for decades. (Adobe Stock)
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North Dakota high schools are in spring sports mode and there is lingering tension from winter sporting events, where Native American players endured …

The IRS says undocumented workers who don't have a valid Social Security number need to complete a W-7 form so they can get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), a key tool they need to file their federal and state tax returns. (Adobe Stock)
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Minnesotans who haven't completed their tax returns yet might be fretting about meeting the April 15th deadline. For those facing language barriers …

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Organizations tracking guaranteed income programs say there have been roughly 30 pilot initiatives tested across the country within the past few years. (Adobe Stock)
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Wisconsin is among the states where guaranteed-income programs have been tested. A new report says, despite controversy, similar efforts are useful …

Maine lawmakers expanded the Dependent Exemption Tax Credit in 2023, allowing an estimated 157,000 dependent adults and children in families with the lowest incomes to receive the full credit for the first time. (Adobe Stock)
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Gov. Janet Mills has signed legislation to increase temporary assistance payments to families experiencing deep poverty. Payments will increase by 2…

Women ages 35 and older in Arkansas have the highest mortality rate, which was 3.9 times the rate of women younger than 25. (Andrey Popov)
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Arkansas is taking critical steps to address its high maternal mortality rate, especially among women of color. In the Natural State, Black women …

Students and faculty at Northeastern University in Boston surround a pro-Palestinian encampment on their school's campus, which stood for two days before administrators called in police to remove it. (Ehn)
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Students and faculty at Northeastern University are demanding their school issue a public apology for what they say are false charges of antisemitism …

While immigrants make up 10% of Oregon's population, they make up 13% of the working-age population ages 16-64, and a corresponding 13% of the labor force. (Natalie Kiyah, Oregon Food Bank)
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Oregon advocates are shining a spotlight on hunger and related issues ahead of the fall elections. A recent report from the Immigrant Research …

The American Heart Association said pregnancy, pre-eclampsia and chronic stress can increase women's risk for high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke. (Tetiana/Adobe Stock)
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Women, and particularly Black women, are disproportionately affected by strokes and other health conditions in Missouri. Keetra Thompson, a stroke …

In 1975, the average rate of five-year breast cancer survival was 75.2%. In 2005, it was 90.5%. Scientists and doctors credit aggressive research and a better understanding of the disease. (Adobe Stock)
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Results of a new study show more American women are falling behind on getting critical breast cancer scans. Nowhere is this perhaps more important …

Kentucky certified lactation consultant and birth doula Bonnie Logsdon has been vocal in her support for House Bill 10. (Adobe Stock)
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In the final days of the legislative session, Kentucky Senate lawmakers could consider the "Momnibus" bill, which would increase access to critical …

The majority of women veterans are not enrolled in Veteran Health Administration care, yet these women have experienced a more than sixty-percent increase in suicide rates over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)
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Advocates for women veterans, who've experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military, are asking state lawmakers for much-needed funding…

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During what is known as the Medicaid post-pandemic "unwinding" process, South Dakota saw the largest drop in children's enrollment in the country, with a 27% reduction in the first six months. (Adobe Stock)
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Last year's Medicaid expansion in South Dakota increased eligibility to another 51,000 adults but a new report showed among people across the state wh…

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the top five most disadvantaged Illinois counties include Alexander, Cook, Kankakee, Macon and Marion. (Adobe Stock)
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Members of the U.S. House Work and Welfare Subcommittee came to Illinois this month to drum up support for work requirements for anyone seeking …

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 5 million to 14 million people will lose Medicaid coverage as the public health emergency ends and states and resume the annual renewal process. (suthisak/Adobe Stock)
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Missouri's Department of Social Services anticipates as many as 200,000 Missourians will lose their Medicaid benefits over the course of the next year…

A report by McKinney Grey Analytics found 40% of Black and Latino people are invisible to voter outreach efforts, while only 18% of white people are missing or incorrectly listed. (Adobe Stock)
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Census data indicate among voting-age Americans, nearly 25 million Black and brown eligible voters are missing from commonly used registration …

A joint fundraising committee like that set up for Rep. Rashid Tlaib, D-Mich. enables donors to contribute up to $13,200 during an election cycle, which can then be divided among multiple candidates. (Chad Davis/Wikimedia Commons)
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In the midst of political tensions surrounding Israel's handling of the conflict with Hamas, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has voiced her support for …

A joint fundraising committee enables donors to contribute up to $13,200 during an election cycle, which can then be divided among multiple candidates. The individual donation limit of $6,600 per candidate per election cycle remains unchanged. (Wikimedia Commons)
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In the midst of political tensions surrounding Israel's handling of the conflict with Hamas, Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., is joining forces with …

The United Nations reported security threats in Haiti have forced the closure of some 900 schools, depriving approximately 200,000 children of their right to education. (Adobe Stock)
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Haitian-led groups in Massachusetts are calling for a temporary pause in deportations as political instability and violence engulf the island…

It's estimated that about 420 children are killed or injured every day in the Gaza Strip, according to the World Health Organization. (Adobe Stock)
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On Monday, Arizonans gathered at the State Capitol to honor the dead in the war between Israel and Hamas, and demand a halt to the killing. Liz …

More than 30,000 labor activists have signed a letter calling on top U.S. union leaders to "break your silence" and push for a ceasefire in Gaza. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)
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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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In the mid-1990s, news media from around the world descended upon Los Angeles for wall-to-wall coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. (Adobe Stock)
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O.J. Simpson's death has the nation looking back on the infamous murder trial that resulted in his acquittal. Experts say one of the lasting impacts …

Social media platform X temporarily shutdown searches of "Taylor Swift" following the release of explicit deepfake images in early 2024. (Mdv Edwards/Adobe Stock)
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Missouri lawmakers are concerned with protecting people from the potential risks of the increasing accessibility of AI-generated images and videos…

Three in ten U.S. adults say they regularly get news via Facebook, according to Pew Research Center. (Adobe Stock)
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Experts are saying social media algorithms are radicalizing users and increasing extremism in Arizona and around the country ahead of the 2024 preside…

Youth diverted from incarceration have shown a smaller likelihood of re-arrest. (Delphotostock/Adobe Stock)
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A new report found states are making progress in diverting more youth from incarceration, including in Washington state. However, The Sentencing …

Federal policies, such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, are ushering in a wave of public works projects across the country. That's prompting more demand for jobs within the building and design trades, and industry leaders hope more young people take notice. (Adobe Stock)
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Representatives from the building and design trades will gather this weekend to showcase their professions to Minnesota youth. Organizers want to …

The world celebrates International Women's Day March 8. The goal is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. (Adobe Stock)
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A Hungarian-born girl who grew up in Terre Haute is reminding Hoosiers only they control their destiny - by sharing her inspirational story in celebra…

Congress gave final approval to the 2024 budget after a six-month delay. (doganmesut/Adobe Stock)
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Groups supporting peace around the globe say the budget approved by Congress is lacking crucial components. After a monthslong stalemate, Congress …

The call for a fast in solidarity with Palestinians is on Nov. 23, which is Thanksgiving Day. (Solidarityfast.com)
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Organizations are asking people to join them in a fast on Thanksgiving in solidarity with people suffering from war conditions in Gaza. Groups …

At the federal level, hate crime laws include crimes committed on the basis of the victim's perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. (Argus/Adobe Stock)
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Some Missourians fear an increase in hate crimes in the wake of a six-year-old's murder in Illinois this week - an incident authorities say was motiva…

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A National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report illustrated how some wealth was built through discriminatory practices including racially restrictive deed covenants. (Adobe Stock)
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A new report argued many charitable foundations need to examine the origin of their wealth and repair harms done. The National Committee for …

A groundbreaking study calls for philanthropic foundations to acknowledge past harms and support reparations for Black Americans. (NCRP)
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A new report said philanthropic organizations need to reexamine the source of their wealth, which it asserted often came from systemic racism and …

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 at New York City's 92nd Street YMCA and is now observed in every country in the world. (OntheRun Photo/Adobe Stock)
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On Giving Tuesday tomorrow, donating money isn't the only way to support the groups and causes you care about. The global Giving Tuesday movement …

The Annie E. Casey Foundation reported neglect is a growing reason Virginia children end up in foster care. Some experts feel the system ends up punishing families for food insecurity or financial hardship. (Adobe Stock)
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Virginia's General Assembly is taking up a bill to address outcomes for kids in foster care. Previous legislation either failed to pass or was …

Parents Anonymous President Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, Congresswoman Judy Chu and board member Joe Gonzalez at the opening of the nonprofit's new headquarters in Pasadena. (Jeremy Pion-Berlin)
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During February, which is National Parent Leadership Month, the nonprofit Parents Anonymous is celebrating the successful launch of the new National …

According to services company Custody X Change, most Midwestern states don't provide judges with a clear formula for helping establish alimony payments. (Adobe Stock)
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Wisconsin is among the states without a defined formula for deciding alimony payments through divorce court proceedings. A new report says without …

Today, nearly one-third of all rural children come from racial or ethnic minority populations, compared with 28.1% in 2010, according to the report. (Adobe Stock)
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A version of this report originally appeared on The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Arkansas News Service for the Public News Servic…

The Census Bureau is reporting both population undercounts and overcounts, were likely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and decisions by the Trump administration that disrupted normal counting efforts. (GerdAltmann/Pixabay)
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A new report found Texas likely undercounted the number of people who actually live in the state when gathering information for the 2020 census…

The new congressional district map splits Boone County into two districts, right through downtown Columbia. (Missouri House of Representatives)
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With congressional voting district maps finally in place in Missouri, county clerks are working to educate voters on the changes. Every 10 years …

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