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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

Alaska's Brooks Range is home to critical caribou habitat that covers about 157,000 square miles, which is equal in size to the state of Montana. (Adobe Stock)
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Opposition is growing among hunters and anglers to a proposed road in Alaska's iconic Brooks Range. The state has invested millions in the project…

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has about 6,800 students. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)
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A group of colleges is exploring ways to keep students enrolled in their first two years - the time period when they're most likely to drop out…

An assessment of whether to develop on Alaska's D-1 lands includes 28 million acres, an area larger than the state of Virginia. (BLM Alaska/Wikimedia Commons)
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Alaska tribes are urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to keep protections in place for more than 28 million acres they say are critical to …

A new report shows that people who complete Prop 47-funded programs like those offered at Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Los Angeles are much less likely to be reincarcerated. (Safe Harbor)
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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Programs intended to reduce the chances that someone will end up back behind bars are working, according to a new analysis of California state data…

A groundbreaking study calls for philanthropic foundations to acknowledge past harms and support reparations for Black Americans. (NCRP)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
A new report said philanthropic organizations need to reexamine the source of their wealth, which it asserted often came from systemic racism and …

Protests in favor of sending U.S. aid to Ukraine are planned across the country on Saturday to mark two years since the conflict began. (Igor Tregub)
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Pro-Ukraine rallies are planned in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco as well as cities across the United States this weekend, marking the …

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 …

Only 3% of Hawaii's children live without health insurance. (globalmoments/Adobe Stock)
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Hawaii's children live in economically stressed homes and it is affecting their well-being, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey …

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The nonnative quagga mussel has been found in the Snake River. (Cavan/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and plants and critters not native to the Northwest are wreaking havoc on some landscapes, including …

Nearly 16% of Idaho youth surveyed said they have experienced physical dating violence. (Waseem Ali Khan/Adobe Stock)
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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and young people often find it hard to navigate experiences of harm…

Bayer Corp. recently agreed to create a $15 billion fund for consumers who contracted cancer and other diseases caused by its weed killer Roundup. (Adobe Stock)
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A coalition of advocacy groups has helped defeat a bill in the Idaho Legislature which would have given the pesticide industry blanket immunity from l…

The union that represents Montana's public school teachers has filed suit to stop a pair of school choice bills in the state. One would create Educational Savings Accounts, the other a charter school system, both of which would be funded with state education money. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
Montana's largest teachers union has filed two lawsuits against "school choice" measures in the state. Montana lawmakers passed House Bill 393 last …

Consumer Direct Montana is the latest agency in Montana to unionize, and just last month, completed bargaining for its first union contract with in-home caregivers, who are currently voting to ratify the tentative agreement. (Adobe Stock)
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A group of health-care workers in Montana will learn tomorrow whether their new union contract has been ratified. The tentative deal, between SEIU 7…

The Helena point-in-time survey is conducted each year to count people either living in shelters or other temporary housing. (Adobe Stock)
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Helena is stepping up efforts to track its homeless population. The number of people living without shelter has risen sharply since the city started …

The Ely District encompasses about 12 million acres in eastern Nevada, including White Pine, Lincoln and a small portion of Nye counties. (BLM Nevada, Ely District)
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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
A cooperative effort has seeded more than 26,000 acres in eastern Nevada. It's all in an effort to increase desirable grasses, forbs and shrubs while …

If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
It may be the last week of American Heart Month, but one Nevada cardiovascular expert said it isn't too late to prioritize heart health. Richard …

Children from low-income families are twice as likely to have cavities, compared with children from higher-income households, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
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According to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, all 17 counties across the state don't have enough health-care professionals…

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Oregon lawmakers have two weeks left in the session to approve funding for the Summer EBT program that helps feed children when school's out. (Lindsay Trapnell/Oregon Food Bank)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
A program that would provide food benefits to kids during the summer still needs funding approval from the Oregon Legislature. The state has …

Salmon populations have dwindled in the Northwest, hurting the orcas that rely on them for food. (Stanislav/Adobe Stock)
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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided to list Southern Resident orcas as an endangered species. With it comes guidelines for how the …

Doctors say people should get regular checkups to ensure their hearts are healthy. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)
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February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on potential cardiovascular risks. Health experts said women especially should consider their …

High blood pressure can be indicator of higher risk for serious health concerns, like heart failure and stroke. (Kotchakorn/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
A new program in a Washington public library system is helping people monitor their blood pressure at home. The American Heart Association has …

A bill providing more state oversight of hospital mergers passed the Washington Senate 28-21 earlier this month. (ColleenMichaels/Adobe Stock)
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A bill in Olympia aims to protect Washingtonians against restricted health care access and rising costs from hospital mergers. Consolidation in the …

As part of the Greening Research in Tacoma initiative, air temperature monitors were set up in a city neighborhood. (Hannah Letinich/The Nature Conservancy)
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Trees in urban areas provide benefits for people, including decreased temperatures and improved air quality, according to new research from …

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that durational residency requirements violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in Dunn v. Blumstein. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 26, 2024
Voting is a fundamental right in American democracy, but some Wyoming lawmakers want to restrict that right to people who can prove they have been …

In 2020, the arts and culture sector contributed $1 billion to Wyoming's economy, supporting over 10,000 jobs. (Adobe Stock)
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Wyoming artists of all varieties will be able to access tools needed to survive as a viable business through artsWORK, a new series aiming to …

Initial cost estimates for adding controversial carbon capture technology to existing power plants range from $500 million to $1 billion per single coal-burning unit. (Adobe Stock)
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Starting this month, 145,000 Wyoming ratepayers will make a down payment on what's projected to add up to billions of dollars in additional costs…

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