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Archive: February 2, 2021

Just like other state legislatures, Iowa's General Assembly has seen routine debate on bills LGTBQ advocates say unfairly target their community, while conservative lawmakers push religious and personal-freedom proposals. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The current legislative session in Iowa has seen the return of debate over LGBTQ rights, while conservative lawmakers seek protections for political ideology. Among bills introduced this year is a measure that would block gender-affirming care for transgender youths. That comes ...Read More

Don Pedro Montes Vargas is one of an estimated 27,000 undocumented seniors who could benefit from an expansion of Medi-Cal. (Health-Access CA)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The push is on to expand Medi-Cal to include more undocumented residents. The Health4All coalition kicked off its 2021 efforts in support of Senate Bill 56, which would expand Medi-Cal to include low-income undocumented seniors, and Assembly Bill 4, which would open the progra ...Read More

Housing and commercial development have degraded many of the overwintering sites for the annual migration of the Western monarch butterfly. (Pixabay)
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PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- The Western Monarch butterfly population that overwinters in California has dropped to devastating levels, with only 1,914 individuals spotted in this year's winter count. They've been declining for decades, but experts say they may have reached an extinction threshold in 201 ...Read More

In 2019, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law called the Student Opportunity Act to provide funding to bridge the gap between wealthy and low-income school districts. (AndriiKoval/Adobe Stock)

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BOSTON -- Educators and labor leaders in Massachusetts say the level of funding for education in Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed state budget falls short. The Student Opportunity Act was passed in 2019 to allocate more state funding over seven years to school systems with many low-income students and ...Read More

New Hampshire lawmakers are bringing the first right-to-work bill since the 2017 Supreme Court ruling which banned requiring membership in public-sector unions. (Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Union leaders in New Hampshire are opposing some GOP state lawmakers' hopes to pass so-called "right-to-work" legislation for private-sector unions this session, Senate Bill 61. The last 40 years have brought multiple attempts to ban collective-bargaining agreements that require wo ...Read More

Population growth often drives excess nutrient pollution, which triggers toxic algae blooms in the Ohio River and in waterways across the United States. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Sierra Club is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create nutrient standards for the Ohio River, on which five million residents rely for drinking water. Hank Graddy, chapter water committee chair for the Sierra Club-Kentucky, said more than 700 miles of ...Read More

Flying Asian carp can jump out of the water and cause boating accidents. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the state continues its battle against invasive Asian carp, environmentalists say plans to erect new barriers to stop the carp from entering the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a step in the right direction. Michael Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, said A ...Read More

Ninety-four percent of Democrats, 80% of unaffiliated voters and 54% of Republicans surveyed support state action to reduce the high price of prescription medicines. (Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

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DENVER -- A new survey shows strong support among Colorado voters for creating a new prescription-drug affordability board to ensure that all residents can access the medicines they need. Adam Fox, deputy director for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said many Coloradans have had to choose ...Read More

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