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Archive: February 23, 2021

A new book highlights local Black historical figures 200 years after Missouri became a state in 1821. (Kansas City Black History Partnership)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A decade-long partnership in Kansas City is lifting up local stories of Black community-building and struggles for justice and equity, during and beyond Black History Month. The Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and the Kansas City Local Investment Co ...Read More

AARP's most recent survey found that 90% of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their<br />homes and communities as they age. (A Place for Mom)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- When Wyoming lawmakers reconvene in early March, advocates for people age fifty and older are hoping to convince them to preserve a program that provides home health care, meals, transportation, bathing and other assistance to older residents and people with disabilities. Tom Laco ...Read More

Supportive people in a child's life can help them overcome adverse experiences. (Olena Shvets/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A new documentary in Idaho looks at childhood trauma and how building resiliency can help protect people in adulthood. "Resilient Idaho: Hope Lives Here" explores adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect or other serious household dysfunction. Jean Mutchie, community he ...Read More

Under Rep. Mike Simpson's plan, $10 billion would be invested in clean energy to replace power from the lower Snake River dams. (knowlesgallery/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- The Northwest infrastructure plan developed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, would benefit more than salmon. It would also mean a major investment in clean energy for the region. Simpson's proposal allocates $10 billion to replace power from the four lower Snake River dams if they're ...Read More

More than 300 meatpacking and processing workers in the United States have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Workers say Tyson Foods and other poultry-processing plants haven't done enough to prevent Arkansas workers from getting sick as the pandemic hits its one-year mark. Dozens of Tyson Foods workers in the state have died from COVID-19, and hundreds have contracted the virus and b ...Read More

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit public employees from joining a union for a year if they drop out. (Erik Madsen/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Public employees are letting Montana lawmakers know the importance of their jobs and unions. Legislators have targeted unions with several measures, including a bill prohibiting the automatic deduction of dues from employees' paychecks. Michelle Wheat, engineering training coordin ...Read More

Those who back laws permitting medical aid in dying say they would not lead to a

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers soon could revisit debate on whether to allow medically assisted dying for terminally ill patients. Supporters point to changes in public support as they push to provide the option of a peaceful death for those who request one. A legislative proposal introduc ...Read More

Last fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana ballot questions in the same election. One was for a medical cannabis program and the other was to legalize recreational use for those 21 and older. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Supporters of medical marijuana for South Dakota are trying to reach a compromise with Gov. Kristi Noem over an effort to delay implementation of such a program. Last fall, nearly 70% of voters approved having the state develop a medical cannabis system. On the same ballot, 54% endo ...Read More

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