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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.

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TX group works to soften trauma for sexual assault survivors

A north Texas nonprofit organization is working to reduce stress for trauma survivors creates "soft" police station interview rooms. They paint the …

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Research shows rural victims of intimate partner violence tend to face more barriers accessing services like shelters, advocacy, legal services and law enforcement. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Monday, May 20, 2024

New Ohio law closes spousal rape loophole

Advocates say victims of rape by a spouse can now seek justice - under a new law closing a loophole that did not punish rape and sexual battery cases…

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The poll by the civil rights coalition Intersection of Our Lives found women of color think things have gotten worse in the country over the last year. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: AZ women of color are discontent with policymakers

The majority of women in Arizona belong to communities of color and a new poll found they do not feel heard or seen by most policymakers. The poll …

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Among adults in their 50s and early 60s, 57% express support for legal abortion, as do 59% of those ages 65 and older, according to The Pew Research Center. (triocean/Adobe Stock)
Poll: Women want 2024 election results to deliver reproductive justice

Surrounded by states banning nearly all abortions, its legalization in New Mexico has made the state a top place to travel for the procedure and a …

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding combined with the introduction of soft foods for at least one year. (Adobe Stock)
Milk Bank secures breastmilk for IN newborns, premature babies

Newborns benefit the most from their mother's milk but may not always receive it. An Indiana nonprofit group works to get breastmilk donations for …

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Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because its prisons are not air conditioned.  (Felix Pergande/Adobe Stock)
People in TX prisons claim heat-related health effects, demand air conditioning

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is facing a class action lawsuit calling for the agency to add central air conditioning to all its prisons…

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A new poll from the civil rights group Intersection of Our Lives found women of color believe racism has persisted far too long and there is a need for elected officials who will address it. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: Women of color 'fed up' with policymakers

More than 50% of voting-age women in Nevada are people of color, and a new poll found they do not feel heard or seen by most policymakers. The poll …

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Communities nationwide are facing a shortage of maternity health care providers with nearly 7 million women living in so-called ">
MA lawmakers push Medicaid expansion to improve maternal mortality rates

On the heels of Mother's Day, Massachusetts lawmakers are backing legislation to address the country's high rates of maternal mortality. The "Mamas …

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Iowa women call Social Security 'critical'

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 …

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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)
Arkansas civil rights icon Daisy Bates honored with statue at U.S. Capitol

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 …

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People released after serving long prison sentences are statistically very unlikely to reoffend.<br />(viperagp/Adobe Stock)
MI woman shares Mother's Day with mom incarcerated for decades

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 …

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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)
Critical child care funding hangs in balance as Missouri budget nears deadline

Child care advocates are pushing for increased funding as the budget deadline approaches this Friday. Robyn Schelp, director of policy and advocacy …

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