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Archive: November 15, 2019

The group Lunch Aid says $58 million is the potential price tag for universal lunches in North Dakota's K-12 schools. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

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Bismarck, N.D. – North Dakota's Legacy Fund has topped $6.3 billion – and one suggestion is that a fraction of that money could provide lunch for all the state's public school students. Student lunch debt for families of kids K-12 is becoming a problem. In Fargo Public Schools, for ins ...Read More

Frank Abagnale, inspiration for the 2002 movie

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Immortalized in the film "Catch Me If You Can," Frank Abagnale has long since left his days of scamming behind – and now offers advice on how to avoid fraud. Over the past 43 years, Abagnale has advised the FBI as an expert on forgery, embezzlement, and secure document ...Read More

Of the more than 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States, about 8,000 live in Tennessee. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A group of Tennessee DACA recipients has just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices heard arguments in the case that will determine the fate of DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ...Read More

There are currently 31 people on death row in Kentucky prisons. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Use of the death penalty is disappearing from entire sections of the United States, and eroding in others. That's according to data from the Death Penalty Information Center. The center's Executive Director Robert Dunham says not only have executions declined by 75%, but dea ...Read More

Thousands of abandoned coal mine sites remain scattered throughout Appalachia. (Adobe Stock)

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WHITESBURG, Ky. – A coalition of groups in central Appalachia has identified projects that would clean up and re-purpose 19 abandoned coal-mine sites in four states. Rebecca Shelton, coordinator of policy and organizing at the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center, explains the Abandoned Mine Lan ...Read More

Soda consumption, a contributor to obesity and diabetes in the U.S., fell to a 31-year low in 2016, according to Beverage Digest. But sugars and refined starches still make up much of the American diet. (Free-photos/Pixabay)

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 have multiple ideas about how to fix the nation's health-care system, but one cardiologist says they should also be addressing what's making people sick. Cardiologist and Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science a ...Read More

Conservation groups are hoping Nevada legislators will expand access to solar power, and push to create new, renewable-energy jobs in lower-income communities. (MT AERO)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – State lawmakers are holding a public hearing today in Las Vegas to learn more about what Nevadans want as they work on the energy agenda for the next legislative session in 2021. Conservation groups and other stakeholders will stake out their priorities at the first meeting ...Read More

Massachusetts is one of three New England states facing double-digit cuts in the federal dollars allocated for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (bryanucla/Pixabay)

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BOSTON – As the temperatures drop, so has the amount of funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program available to Massachusetts. This is the second year the Bay State gets less federal LIHEAP money, although the national total for the program increased. Massachusetts gets less t ...Read More

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