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Opponents of latest AR state tax cuts say they benefit wealthy Arkansans; Julian Assange agrees to a plea deal that would allow him to avoid imprisonment in US; Tech-based carbon-capture projects make headway in local government; NV nonprofit calls Biden's student debt initiatives economic justice.

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Charges against fake electors in Nevada are dismissed, Milwaukee officials get ready to expect the unexpected at the RNC convention, and the Justice Department says Alaska is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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A Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival while rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town and prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands.

Advocates are calling for higher teacher salaries to help Alaska can recruit and retain more educators. (Jacob Lund/Adobestock)
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Alaska ranks 41st in the nation in terms of overall child well-being, according to the new 2024 Kids Count Data Bookfrom the Annie E. Casey …

Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier has narrowed and thinned by about 2,000 feet during the past four decades. (Adobe Stock)
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By Taylor Kate Brown for Grist.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Alaska News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News Serv…

Well-child visits include vision screenings, but if a primary care provider detects a vision problem CHIP also covers comprehensive eye exams and necessary treatment. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)
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A new report shows the number of children covered by Medicaid varied widely between states as pandemic-era protections were lifted, with Alaska …

The wild and scenic Eel River is part of the Bureau of Land Management's planned 382,000-acre management area in northwest California. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Conservation advocates say a new Bureau of Land Management final Environmental Impact Statement takes positive steps toward developing a management pl…

The nonprofit Pacific Environment worked with University of California-Berkeley to develop recommendations for decarbonizing oceangoing vessels. (Federico Rostagno/Adobe Stock)<br />
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
June is World Ocean Month and groups fighting climate change are asking President Joe Biden to act to clean up emissions and pollution from the shippi…

Heavy flooding was seen in Dos Rios in April 2023. (River Partners)
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Monday, June 24, 2024
By Elizabeth Hewitt for Reasons to be Cheerful.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism …

Children's advocates rallied in Hilo in March, calling for state investments in affordable childcare and early learning. (Hawaii Children's Action Network)
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Low reading and math scores at schools in Hawaii point to a need to further invest in public education, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book …

The manu o ku, or white fairy tern, is among the thousands of bird species that have benefited from the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a more than century-old federal law. (Adobe Stock)
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Conservation groups say the Hawaiian Islands are on the leading edge of the fight to preserve endangered birds, since climate change and habitat loss …

The palila is a critically endangered finch-billed species of Hawaiian honeycreeper. (Courtesy Bret Mossman)
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Hawaii is known for its beautiful birds and wildlife advocates want to see more done to protect them from the effects of climate change. One of the …

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The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in central Idaho was established a century ago in 1924. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)
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June is Great Outdoors Month, which underscores the importance of outdoor recreation in Idaho. As temperatures warm up, people are enjoying nature…

The latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Idaho high in the family and community category, at fourth best in the nation. (Vadim Sofin/Adobe Stock)
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Idaho ranks 13th in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book measures how well states are …

Nearly $13 million in food benefits would have been distributed to Idaho families if the state had signed up for the Summer EBT program. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)
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Thirty-seven states have signed up for summer meal dollars for kids. Idaho is not among them. The Department of Agriculture's Summer Electronic …

"Our data says that last year in 2023, there were 200 evictions in Bozeman," said Barrett McQuesten, an organizer with Bozeman Tenants United. "That's obviously more than one every two days, which is kind of ludicrous." (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 24, 2024
A group formed to fight for the rights of Bozeman's lower-income renters is pushing for mandatory legal assistance for people facing eviction…

The Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness is popular with hikers in Montana. (Adobe Stock)
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A federal judge in Montana is holding a hearing next Tuesday on a motion for an injunction against the Pintler Face logging and burning project on Bea…

Many of the rules governing oil and gas operations on Montana public lands had not been updated in a century. (Adobe Stock)
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Montana groups are working to save a new Bureau of Land Management rule about oil and gas leasing on public lands. They have hand-delivered a …

Some 24% of people with student-loan debt say they do not expect they'll ever be able to pay it off, according Bankrate. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have different views on most issues, and student loan debt is no different. In the Reno-Sparks …

The majority of enrollees in the U.S. Department of Education's Saving on a Valuable Education program today have $0 payments, while borrowers who still owe a payment are saving an estimated $102 a month, according to the department. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 24, 2024
Policy analysts are concerned the Department of Education is not reaching and engaging with low-income and disadvantaged student loan borrowers in the…

Nevada Health Link's texting initiative is estimated to reach more than 80,000 Nevadans. (Adobe Stock)
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Nevada's marketplace insurance program wants people who no longer qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program to know it has exten…

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Ontario is the biggest city in southeast Oregon's rural Malheur County. (Nathan/Adobe Stock)
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Organizing to end hunger is one tool groups are using in Oregon to highlight and address the issue. Workers said advocacy is especially important in …

Oregon is set to receive $689 million from the federal government to connect all state residents to high speed internet. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)
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The stage is set for a massive investment in Oregon's plans to bring high-speed internet to everyone in the state. The second volume of Oregon's …

Providence Oregon City is among the six hospitals where nurses are striking this week. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)
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Providence nurses across Oregon are going on strike on Tuesday. It could be one of the biggest nurse strikes in state history. More than 3,000 …

Staff - in addition to teachers - are needed to ensure schools run, but these workers are often paid low wages. (davit85/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Workers who help Washington state classrooms run are calling for higher wages. Known as classified staff, their jobs include administrative work…

Reading during the summer can help children combat learning loss. (Samuel B./Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 24, 2024
School is out for the summer but a lack of learning opportunities can leave kids behind when they head back to school next year. The organization …

One in five Americans is expected to be age 65 or older by 2030. (Melanie/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 24, 2024
Washington has received designations highlighting the state's efforts to become more age and dementia-friendly. Washington is the 12th state to join …

Of the 17 states that have enacted music therapy legislation, 11 have placed the law in its own statute chapter, and others have grouped it with other forms of therapy. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Advocates in Wyoming trying to get music therapy licensure recognized in the state are hitting roadblocks. Members of the Wyoming Music Therapy …

Around 67% of LGBTQ+ people reported needing a mental health service over the past two years, compared with 39% of non-LGBTQ+ people, according to KFF. (Chris Allan/Adobe Stock)
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As Pride Month winds down, health advocates want members of the LGBTQ+ community to know about health care options, despite any challenges to …

Sage grouse have been petitioned for addition to the federal endangered species list nine times over the last 25 years, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report. (Western Watersheds Project)
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After nearly a decade of delays, a federal agency is working on a new resource management plan that will affect an iconic Western bird species…

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