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Archive: February 26, 2019

Montana ranchers such as Jeanie Alderson, above, say imported meat labeled as a

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HELENA, Mont. — A bill in the Montana Legislature aims to let Montanans know where their meat is really coming from. Lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday in the House Agriculture Committee for H.B. 594, which would bring country-of-origin labeling back to Treasure State grocery stores. Impo ...Read More

A project in Caldwell was one of three in Idaho that was selected last year for a grant in the AARP Community Challenge. (Tamanoeconomico/Wikimedia Commons)

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BOISE, Idaho — With the right ideas, Idaho communities could earn grants to make them more livable for people of all ages. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is back, encouraging folks to pitch projects that can be developed quickly to improve their neighborhoods and towns. State dire ...Read More

A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would create a paid-leave insurance policy to cover a portion of wages while workers care for sick family members or new additions to the family. Pictured: MAPE member Miguel Lindgren with his wife Monica and daughter Camila. (MAPE)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Minnesota lawmakers consider a proposal to provide all employees with paid family leave, workers who already have paid parental-leave benefits are speaking out. Miguel Lindgren and his wife were both adopted into Minnesota families, and have decided to grow their family ...Read More

New research shows young children who spend time interacting with a parent or grandparent develop better life skills that those who just watch TV or digital devices. (ChrystalMarieSing/Twenty20)
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PHOENIX — Child-development experts say allowing your toddler or preschooler too much time in front of the TV or digital devices can delay their development of critical life skills. Recent research published in the Pediatrics Journal of the American Medical Association recommended children 2 ...Read More

A majority of Iowa's 317,000 unpaid family caregivers are at least 50 years old and maintain regular working hours while also providing unpaid care to a family member or other patient. (AARP)

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Advocates for the Iowa CARE Act want lawmakers to codify what many say are common-sense procedures that would provide unpaid family caregivers with instructions and training for home medical tasks before a loved one or patient is discharged from a hospital. Many family car ...Read More

Hundreds of thousands of animals are dissected each year in California schools, which have 6.2 million students in K-12. (Evan Amos/Wikimedia Commons)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California could become the first state in the nation to ban the dissection of animals in K-12 schools if a bill just introduced in the state Legislature were to pass. Assembly Bill 1586, called the Replacing Animals in Science Education (or RAISE) Act would encourage sc ...Read More

Policies that affirm students' gender identity help LGBTQ students succeed in school. (SharonMcCutcheon/pixabay)

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PHILADELPHIA — Standing with transgender and gender nonconforming students is the right thing to do. That's the message some education advocates want school administrators to hear. The Education Law Center has sent an open letter to the Eastern Lancaster County School District supporting its ...Read More

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