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A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks key voting rights measure.


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Senate Republicans block a sweeping voting-rights bill; pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health; White House says U.S. will miss its July 4 target for 70% adult vaccination; Supreme Court rules against NCAA.

Archive: March 29, 2019

Residents of the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in southwest South Dakota are in recovery mode after severe flooding, while high water continues to threaten livestock in the north-central part of the state. (commondreams.org)

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RAPID CITY, S.D. – Flooding that began in the Midwest two weeks ago continues to affect the 20,000 residents who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota. About half of the residents there live in poverty, and heavy snowfall along with rain and a rapid melt this mo ...Read More

In 2018, Maine passed a resolution against President Donald Trump's offshore drilling plan. (Jack Flanagan/Flickr)

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AUGUSTA, Maine – A public hearing is taking place today about a bill that would ban offshore drilling in Maine. It's in response to a Trump plan that would open up drilling in federal waters across the United States, including along the Maine coast. LD 955 aims to prohibit offshore oil and n ...Read More

When a mental-health issue is addressed, experts say peer-to-peer mentoring often can have more influence and be less frightening for those ages 18 to 25. (rawpixel/Pixabay)

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CONCORD, N.H. – Stigma around substance abuse, mental-health issues and suicide can make those between the ages of 18 and 25 reluctant to share their stories – but experts in New Hampshire say the state's peer-to-peer counseling program is effective. Studies show many young adults are a ...Read More

According to the Solar Energy Industries Assn., New Hampshire has almost 85 megawatts of solar power installed, but still gets less than 1 percent of its power from the sun. (Carl Attard/Pexels)

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CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire solar energy industry received a major boost yesterday when the state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would expand the use of solar power. Senate Bill 159 increases the amount of electricity that public utilities must accept from private producers of s ...Read More

Advocates of equality in health care services are calling on the U.S. Congress to protect Medicare Part D from changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (aradvocates.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – From coast to coast, people who rely on Medicare Part D could be left without their medications if a proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is adopted. Medicare Part D is a federal program that subsidizes prescription drug costs for 45 million seniors an ...Read More

About 0.4 percent of Washington state taxpayers would be subject to a proposed capital gains tax. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – State lawmakers in Olympia will soon decide if taxes on Washington's wealthiest are the best way to fund its budget. This week, House Democrats proposed raising taxes to nearly 10 percent on "extraordinary profits" or high-value assets like stocks and bonds. That's estimated ...Read More

Four in 10 Americans say they couldn't cover an unexpected expense of $400. (TatianaMara/Twenty20)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Debt is a major challenge for some Washington families, and measures moving through the Legislature could give them a bit of relief. House Bill 1602 would cap the interest rate companies can charge on consumer debt collection after winning a court judgment at 9 percent. The ...Read More

Lead pipes and faucets can contaminate drinking water in schools. (@wdnesday/Twenty20)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Researchers have found elevated levels of lead in the drinking water of schools in Charlotte. Lead is highly toxic and impairs neurological function, especially in children. The report, conducted by researchers at the Environment America Research and Policy Center, found that 41 ou ...Read More

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