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Uncovering America's methamphetamine history; PA Early Intervention programs vital for child development; measuring long-term impact of the O.J. Simpson trial on media literacy.

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President Biden's name could be left off the ballot in Alabama and Ohio, the Justice Dept. mandates background checks for gun show purchases, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moves to allow state police to arrest undocumented migrants.

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Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.

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The U.S. teaching workforce remains primarily white while the percentage of Black teachers has declined. However, the percentage of Asian and Latino teachers is rising. (Seventyfour/Adobestock)
OK teacher shortage prompts calls for better funding

Education advocates calling on lawmakers to increase funding for programs to combat the teacher shortage. Nationwide, 37% of schools report being …

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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has conducted chronic wasting disease monitoring on hunter-harvested deer and elk as well as road-killed deer since 1999. A measure pending in Congress would allow biologists to track and share information on lethal wildlife diseases more effectively. (Adobe Stock)
$42.5 million would track lethal OK wildlife disease

Wildlife advocates are calling on Congress to pass a bill to help states track diseases killing wildlife across the country. House Resolution 6765 …

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Tony DeSha, executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, said other states have adopted laws to punish firms and companies for their ESG stances. (Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
'Our issue is with politicizing a pension,' says one OK nonprofit

An Oklahoma pensioner has taken the state to court and filed a motion for a temporary injunction over a state law some said targets financial firms fo…

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In Oklahoma, 21% of children lived in poverty in 2021. (Irina K./Adobe Stock)
Report Ranks OK Among Worst in Child Well-Being

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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