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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: February 10, 2020

The South Dakota State Capitol is bracing for protests today from LGBT groups who oppose a bill restricting treatments for children who considering gender reassignment. (Sharon McCutcheon/Pixabay)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- In her annual address last month, Gov. Kristi Noem stressed economic expansion and diversification, and the current spotlight on transgender issues has some worried it could be a black eye for South Dakota. A bill to be heard in the Senate today would criminalize gender-confirmation ...Read More

Wisconsin is projected to have a budget surplus of more than $450 million by the end of next year, but leaders are split on how to use it. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants state lawmakers to meet in special session Tuesday to discuss spending surplus money on education. But it appears GOP leaders won't go along with the idea. Last week, the Democratic governor announced a plan to spend $250 million of the state's pr ...Read More

Most rural Americans with disabilities lack a nearby Social Security Administration office. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Rural people living with disabilities could feel the biggest impact from changes to the Social Security disability program. The Trump administration wants to review the disability benefits for about 1 million people more often, according to the Social Security Administration. This ...Read More

A looming strike for health care workers in the Twin Cities is seen as a sign of labor strife within the industry. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is starting to see some of the ripple effects of cost issues within the health care industry, and according to one local expert, a pending worker strike is a key example. Last week, 1,800 nurses, physicians' assistants and other caregivers who work for Twin Cities-base ...Read More

Wyoming Statute 7-22-102 prohibits a local government from entering into a contract to construct or operate a private incarceration facility in the state without the approval of the state's top five elected officials. (Patrick Feller/Flickr)

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EVANSTON, Wyo. -- Uinta County commissioners are moving forward with plans to allow CoreCivic, formerly known as the Corrections Corporation of America, to construct a for-profit immigrant-detention facility in Evanston. But critics warn the move could put state taxpayers on the hook if anything goe ...Read More

Winter backpacking gives hikers a unique perspective on the beauty of wilderness areas. (xerox123/Adobe Stock)

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WARREN, Pa. -- An upcoming winter backpacking trip on mountain trails will help raise awareness about the need to protect Pennsylvania's remaining wilderness. Friends of Allegheny Wilderness will be hosting its annual winter backpacking trip on March 7 and 8. This year the hike will follow a tra ...Read More

Many parents aren't aware of free school breakfast, after-school and summer meal programs. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A leading child nutrition program has joined forces with a major media platform to fight child hunger. One-in-six children in New York is food insecure. That's more than 730,000 children. But many parents can't access or aren't aware of school breakfast, after-school supper and summe ...Read More

Reform advocates in West Virginia are backing a bill to ease overcrowding in regional jails. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Supporters of criminal justice reform in West Virginia say two bills under consideration would ease overcrowding in jails and make re-entry into the workforce easier. One bill would end driver's license suspensions over court costs and unpaid fines. Brittney Myers is in a reco ...Read More

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