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President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


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The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Archive: November 21, 2016

With the passage of Question 5, Maine will be the first state to hold ranked-choice elections, but Gov. LePage now wants to change the way questions get onto the ballot. (Responsible Mainers/Facebook)

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AUGUSTA, Maine – Gov. Paul LePage opposed all of the ballot questions on Election Day, but with 52 percent of voters in favor, Mainers approved Question Five anyway. Kyle Bailey, campaign manager with the group "Yes on 5," said its passage will give Maine voters more voice and more choice in ...Read More

From kids' sports to charitable causes, a new study confirms that many South Dakotans are ready and willing to volunteer. (Jerry Oster)

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YANKTON, S.D. — A national survey now confirms what many in the state already know: when volunteers are needed, South Dakotans answer the call. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said that the group's annual survey on volunteering shows South Dakota mak ...Read More

Virginia has one of the highest obesity rates for lower-income toddlers (ages 2 to 4) in the country. (The Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

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RICHMOND, Va. – As Virginians get ready to celebrate one of the biggest eating days of the year, new research is sounding a cautionary dinner bell. The latest State of Obesity report showed two-thirds of Virginia adults are overweight or obese, as well as one in five children between the age ...Read More

Critics charge that President-elect Donald Trump isn't going to be able to keep his promise to put coal miners back to work. (Pixabay)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Donald Trump has promised to revitalize the coal industry and put miners back to work, but some political observers say he's raising false hope. According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, the decline in state coal production is being driven by cheap natu ...Read More

Don Corrigan of Des Moines, center, is the 2016 AARP Iowa Andrus Award Winner. (AARP)

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DES MOINES, Iowa — One in three Iowans volunteers, earning the state the ranking of 10th nationally for community service in a new survey. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, each year about 765,000 people in Iowa give their time to help others. Don Corrigan of D ...Read More

A joint effort between the public and private sectors helps veterans transition from military to civilian life. (Army Medicine/Flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Every month, hundreds of veterans transition out of military service in Tennessee, with 400 joining civilian life at Fort Campbell alone. That transition isn't always easy for veterans entering the job market. A new program by WorkForce Essentials, called "101 Jobs for the ...Read More

Advocates are urging people to let the country's leaders know how much they value clean water. (globalchange.gov)

CHICAGO – There's a lot of uncertainty since the results of the presidential election became known, but instead of worrying about what might happen, an advocacy group for the Great Lakes says now is the time to make sure your local, state and national leaders know that clean drinking water nee ...Read More

A 2008 poll found that 78 percent of Pennsylvania voters favored a nationwide popular vote for president. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – This election was the fifth time in U.S. history that the candidate who got the most votes failed to win the presidency, but a bill that has passed in ten states and the District of Columbia could change that. The Constitution says the states decide how to allocate their vo ...Read More

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