Saturday, September 24, 2022

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The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.

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Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.




U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she plans to call a legislative hearing on the practices of credit reporting agencies. (Kalafoto/Adobe Stock)
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she plans to call a legislative hearing on the practices of credit reporting agencies. (Kalafoto/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
Consumer groups are pressing for legislation to reform the way credit agencies handle errors on credit reports. The calls to amend the Fair Credit …

The Biden administration is working on new nationwide regulations for methane gas emissions from oil and gas sites. (Leonid Ikan/Adobe Stock)
The Biden administration is working on new nationwide regulations for methane gas emissions from oil and gas sites. (Leonid Ikan/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
A relatively small number of so-called "super emitters" are responsible for 40% of the methane emissions in oil and gas hotspots such as California's …

The Brookings Institute predicts the broadband buildout across the U.S. will create 200,000 new jobs for telecom technicians in the coming years. (Photomix Company/Pexels)
The Brookings Institute predicts the broadband buildout across the U.S. will create 200,000 new jobs for telecom technicians in the coming years. (Photomix Company/Pexels)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
California is going to need tens of thousands of workers over the next six years as we continue to build the broadband network to bring high-speed int…




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The AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program will be available in about 40 sites across Idaho in 2023. (Creativa Images/Adobe Stock)
The AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program will be available in about 40 sites across Idaho in 2023. (Creativa Images/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Another income-tax season is approaching and a program to help people with low and moderate incomes do their taxes for free is looking for volunteers…

The Idaho Conservation League looked at data for 112 sewage treatment facilities in the state. (tuastockphoto/Adobe Stock)
The Idaho Conservation League looked at data for 112 sewage treatment facilities in the state. (tuastockphoto/Adobe Stock)

Pollution is a major problem for wastewater facilities in Idaho. The Idaho Conservation League's fifth annual report on discharges from sewage …

Congress approved the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in 2020, and it was rolled out this year. (Orawan/Adobe Stock)
Congress approved the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in 2020, and it was rolled out this year. (Orawan/Adobe Stock)

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, highlighting a pressing issue in Idaho. The state had the fifth-highest suicide rate in the country …

Nonprofit organizations employed nearly 30,000 Montanans in 2019. (Artur/Adobe Stock)
Nonprofit organizations employed nearly 30,000 Montanans in 2019. (Artur/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
The work of some nonprofit organizations has only increased with the pandemic and the needs that have come from it. An author and expert in the field …

Because of its population increase over the past decade, Montana will have two congressional districts this year instead of one. (Svetlana/Adobe Stock)
Because of its population increase over the past decade, Montana will have two congressional districts this year instead of one. (Svetlana/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Today is National Voter Registration Day, and one Native American rights organization in Montana is ensuring people are ready to vote in November…

The midterm general election this year is on Nov. 8. (mybaitshop/Adobe Stock)
The midterm general election this year is on Nov. 8. (mybaitshop/Adobe Stock)

Nonprofit organizations are ramping up efforts to get out the vote for the election in November. The student-led Montana Public Interest Research …

The World Health Organization links indoor air pollution, including pollutants from burning natural gas, to increased chances of stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. (Vladimir Semenov/Adobe Stock)
The World Health Organization links indoor air pollution, including pollutants from burning natural gas, to increased chances of stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. (Vladimir Semenov/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Nevada needs to move away from natural gas and toward clean energy - that's the view of climate action groups that spoke up on Tuesday at an open foru…

The Yuman and Mojave peoples believe that all life began at Spirit Mountain, known as Avi Kwa Ame. (Ken Lund/Flickr)
The Yuman and Mojave peoples believe that all life began at Spirit Mountain, known as Avi Kwa Ame. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

This week you can visit a sacred mountain, help clean up a park, and more to honor Public Lands Day, which is this Saturday. Conservation groups are …

The public is encouraged to decorate paper lanterns and display them to mark the anniversary of the Oct. 1 shooting, which took place on the Las Vegas strip in 2017. (Vegas Strong Resiliency Center)
The public is encouraged to decorate paper lanterns and display them to mark the anniversary of the Oct. 1 shooting, which took place on the Las Vegas strip in 2017. (Vegas Strong Resiliency Center)

The five-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history is coming up Oct. 1, and Las Vegas is preparing to honor the victims, survivors …

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Crater Lake National Park covers more than 180,000 acres in southern Oregon. (aiisha/Adobe Stock)
Crater Lake National Park covers more than 180,000 acres in southern Oregon. (aiisha/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Saturday is National Public Lands Day, a celebration of national parks in the United States. People will be able to access national park lands for …

Nearly every vehicle in the town of Wallowa, Ore., was affected by a hailstorm in August.(Marika Straw)
Nearly every vehicle in the town of Wallowa, Ore., was affected by a hailstorm in August.(Marika Straw)

After a devastating hailstorm in eastern Oregon, community members are lending each other a helping hand. In mid-August, a severe storm dropped …

In line with national numbers, 45% of Oregonians without college degrees say they need more education to advance in their careers. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)
In line with national numbers, 45% of Oregonians without college degrees say they need more education to advance in their careers. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

Nearly half of Americans say they need more education to advance in their careers, according to recent research. The Strada Education Network and …

Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, which marks the date of Mexico's independence from Spain. (MarekPhotoDesign.com/Adobe Stock)
Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, which marks the date of Mexico's independence from Spain. (MarekPhotoDesign.com/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
Hispanic Heritage Month began in mid-September and runs through Oct. 15, and a financial institution in Washington state is finding unique ways to …

The Hanford Nuclear Site was home to the world's first plutonium production reactor. (U.S. Department of Energy)
The Hanford Nuclear Site was home to the world's first plutonium production reactor. (U.S. Department of Energy)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
The Hanford Nuclear Site on the Columbia River in central Washington has left a complex legacy for the region. An interactive story map imagines …

Kids have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Advocates are in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the issues. (Sergey Novikov/Adobe Stock)
Kids have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Advocates are in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the issues. (Sergey Novikov/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Advocates for child well-being are in the nation's capital today, calling on lawmakers to invest in children. The Save the Children advocacy summit …

Researchers warn that as climate change increases wildfire areas in snow zones throughout the West, the wildfire influence on the snowpack also will grow. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers warn that as climate change increases wildfire areas in snow zones throughout the West, the wildfire influence on the snowpack also will grow. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Wildfires in Wyoming and across the West are creating bigger impacts on snowpack supplying farms, energy production and drinking water for millions …

Many oil and gas well "orphans" are created when producers sell off leases through layers of limited liability corporations that can declare bankruptcy and walk away. (Adobe Stock)
Many oil and gas well "orphans" are created when producers sell off leases through layers of limited liability corporations that can declare bankruptcy and walk away. (Adobe Stock)

President Joe Biden's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to Wyoming to clean up and plug so-cal…

in the late 1800s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began sending "plant explorers" to find and bring back seeds and cuttings from species that could be valuable for the nation's agricultural industry. (Adobe Stock)
in the late 1800s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began sending "plant explorers" to find and bring back seeds and cuttings from species that could be valuable for the nation's agricultural industry. (Adobe Stock)

Before the invention of refrigerated shipping, people living across the High Plains had to grow their own food. As Europeans migrated into the region…

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