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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.

Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby are charged with two felonies, including interference with an election officer and conspiracy, in Cochise County. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, December 7, 2023
Despite concerns about the next election, one Arizona legal expert says courts have generally sided with voters and democracy. Victoria Lopez is …

Most candidate elections in Arizona are determined in the Primary Election, where only about 23% of registered adults voted in August 2020. (Adobe Stock)
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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 …

Since the summer of 2022, the State of Arizona has already secured more than $10 billion in new clean energy investments, which are projected to create more than 13,500 new jobs, according to Climate Power. (Adobe Stock)
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The Arizona Governor's Office of Resilience and industry leaders discussed clean energy investments in the state at Honeywell's facility in Phoenix Mo…

Nearly half of people living in Alamosa, where Xcel Energy plans to build one of three new natural gas power plants, identify as Hispanic or Latino according to U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)
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Xcel Energy says its latest proposal before the Public Utilities Commission will help Colorado reach it's clean energy goals - by adding more wind and…

Colorado rate payers are still on the hook for $500 million after grid failures in Texas created a spike in natural gas prices in 2021. (Adobe Stock)
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After Coloradans cranked up the heat to welcome family members for Thanksgiving dinner, many are worried about the price they will pay when their …

States wanting to implement Summer EBT this coming summer need to have plans in place by early 2024. (Adobe Stock)
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has called a special legislative session after voters rejected plans to provide property tax relief. Polis says he also …

Since 2005, research shows the number of journalists employed by newspapers has declined by 60%, a loss of 43,000 reporters and editors. (junce11/AdobeStock)
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Friday, December 8, 2023
Three million residents in more than 200 U.S. counties don't have access to a single local news source, according to a new study. In New Mexico…

New Mexico's Roadrunner Food Bank hosts "Healthy Foods Express Mobile Markets" in 11 rural, frontier, indigenous and urban communities. (Roadrunner Food Bank)
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Just a few days into December, food bank demand is high while some warehouse shelves are lean, and in New Mexico, a matching donation program this …

Today marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day. (Nito/Adobe Stock)
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New Mexico activists are tapping today's World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to announce they'll ask the State Legislature to provide more money for treatment …

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In Oklahoma, 21% of children lived in poverty in 2021. (Irina K./Adobe Stock)
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Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 4…

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A decline in local news is often correlated with the decline in voter participation, according to research by Northwestern University. (V.J. Matthew/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, December 7, 2023
The media landscape has dramatically changed in the past 20 years, evidenced by a new study that shows three million residents in more than 200 …

In addition to accelerating global warming, methane emissions can cause or exacerbate asthma and other respiratory conditions. (Hihitetlin/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
A new rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency could reduce the amount of methane escaping from equipment in Texas oil fields. Last …

As of August 2021, there were more than 28,000 children in foster care in Texas and almost 6,000 children waiting for adoptive families. (Alexis Scholtz/peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)
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When a Texas woman began her six-year journey to adopt, she hoped to affect one child's life. Felicia Lewis, an adoptive parent, is now making a …

The Rein in Response Kickoff event will take place at 44 E. 130 N in La Verkin. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
A new program in Utah wants to help first responders learn to recognize and work through their traumatic life events through horsemanship. This …

An estimated 40% of recent college graduates in the U.S. are underemployed, according to Statista. (Adobe Stock)
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A new report from WGU Labs, a nonprofit affiliate of Western Governors University based in Millcreek, Utah, is shedding light on the importance of …

"We have families that come year after year, we've watched their kids grow up, they love their costumes. They come and they have a great piece of a morning that gives us all a chance to pause and be thankful for what we have," said Ginette Bott, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank. (Adobe Stock)
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Today, nearly 4,000 Utahns are lacing up their running shoes and putting on a costume for the Utah Food Bank's 18th annual Utah Human Race. Ginette …

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