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Alabama must redraw its Congressional maps, CNN reports a former official told the feds Trump knew the process for declassifying documents, and Canadian wildfires affect the health of humans and wildlife.

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The Supreme Court upholds a key provision of the Voting Rights Act over Alabama redistricting, smoky skies could spell EPA trouble for some states, and President Biden calls on Congress to pass LGBTQ+ protections.

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Rural communities launch projects with funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a study says rural transgender adults feel less supported than those in urban areas, and a summer road trip could mean majestic scenic byways or a sprinkling of donut shops.

Breaking down big tasks into smaller steps helps children develop what experts refer to as executive function skills. (Delete/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Tasks like packing a suitcase for summer travel may be difficult for some Illinois children. Experts said parents and caregivers can help kids over …

Ninety-percent of counties with the worst food insecurity are rural, according to Save the Children.(Viktoriia/AdobeStock)
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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
The last day of school for Texas kids is typically one of elation, but for children in rural areas with high poverty rates, it also can mean …

The phenomenon called summer learning loss is notable in countries with lengthy breaks, including the United States and Canada. (AdobeStock/peopleimages.com)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
Summer, with its 90-day break from school, can be fun but also a challenge for New Mexico's rural kids who rely on school for companionship and meals…

Portland Police will move forward initiatives including Portland Ceasefire and Cure Violence to tackle gun violence. (4kclips/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Portland has nixed plans to bring gunshot detection technology to the city. The technology - designed by a company formerly known as ShotSpotter…

More than 50 anti-Muslim hate groups were operating in the United States in 2021, according to the Southern Policy Law Center. Many groups target Muslims by the way they dress. (Adobe Stock)
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A Muslim rights group is taking the Kent County Sheriff's Office to court for forcing a Michigan woman to remove her hijab for a booking photo…

Sarah Van Loon, Midwest regional director for the American Jewish Committee, said it is incumbent upon all of us to teach children about the Holocaust. (Adobe stock)
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Hoosiers could play a pivotal role in pushing back against a surge of hate and violence against Jews in America. Nearly two-thirds of all …

George Floyd's murder brought such issues as generational wealth disparities to the forefront. Even prior to his death, awareness was growing in Midwestern states about a host of racial disparities, including economic. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
The upcoming Juneteenth holiday marks the kickoff of a new wealth building grant program for Black residents who are decedents of slavery in a few nor…

The Federal Trade Commission estimates its new proposed rule on noncompete agreements could increase wages by nearly $300 billion per year. (Adobe Stock)
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The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a new rule which seeks to aid Pennsylvania workers who are stuck in noncompete agreements with low-paying jo…

Experts are predicting an above-average tornado season in 2023, in part fueled by climate change. (jetcityimage/AdobeStock)
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A record number of tornadoes struck U.S. communities in the first three months of this year, prompting the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to …

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A case before the California State Supreme Court looks at whether a person who has been named a health care agent in an advance directive has the legal standing to sign an arbitration agreement requested by a skilled nursing facility. (Shishkin137/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
This week, four advocacy groups have filed an amicus brief in a case before the California Supreme Court involving allegations of elder abuse and the …

Family caregiving includes demanding duties that can it difficult for caregivers to find time for themselves. (Tierney/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Family caregivers are providing crucial services, but they also need support. That's why AARP has compiled resources for the people taking care of …

Arkansas recently passed legislation to establish June 12 annually as Woman Veterans Recognition Day, based on the 75th Anniversary of the June 12, 1948, proclamation to allow women to serve in the armed forces. (Drazen/AdobeStock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
In Arkansas, an advocacy group focusing on the 50-plus population is helping meet the needs of Natural State veterans by providing free resources…

According to the Anti-Defamation League, 20% of Americans believe six or more Jewish tropes. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
As hostility toward Jewish people continues to spike in Arizona and nationally, the Biden administration has issued a National Strategy to Counter …

The 11 jurisdictions allowing medical aid in dying represent one out five Americans, or 22%. (Adobe Stock)
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A piece of legislation is headed to Gov. Joe Lombardo's desk which would allow medical aid in dying in Nevada. Last week, Senate Bill 239 made its …

Georgia is the 26th jurisdiction to decriminalize medical marijuana use. (Adobe Stock)
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The rise of medical cannabis dispensaries in Georgia is highlighting the need for reform and equitable access. One of the state's first dispensaries …

Critics of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission say it gave greater political influence to wealthy donors and corporations by allowing them to spend unlimited funds on elections. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation to allow candidates seeking county level offices to receive taxpayer funds under the Maine Clean Electi…

Campaign contributions for this year's Wisconsin Supreme Court race have more than doubled the previous record for a state-level judicial election. (Towfiqu Barbhuiya/Pexels)
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Leading up to this week's election, Wisconsin voters have been inundated with campaign ads for the high-profile state Supreme Court race, and …

According to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, the financial power of small donors could increase sevenfold, from 6% to 41% of all campaign funds through the Public Campaign Finance Program. (Adobe Stock)
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New York's Public Campaign Finance Program is facing delays from the very people who approved it - New York legislators. The program was approved by …

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Assembly Bill 421 would reform California's ballot referenda process, which seeks to repeal laws. It would not apply to ballot initiatives supporting new policy. (Vic Joly/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Unions, environmental groups and other progressive organizations are leading the charge to reform California's referendum process, which allows …

While South Dakota rarely sees recall elections, an expert says neighboring North Dakota has seen a lot of such activity, with nearly three dozen recall votes in the past 12 years. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
A court hearing next week could help determine whether an eastern South Dakota mayor will face a recall election. Events are rare for this state…

Pennsylvanians must register to vote by Oct. 23 to be eligible to vote in the general election on Nov. 7. (Vesperstock/AdobeStock)
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The Keystone State's general election is less than six months away and a nonpartisan, grassroots organization is already getting the word out to …

In his 2021 book, 'Who Graduates from College? Who Doesn't,' author Mark Kantrowitz says three-fourths of college dropouts are first-generation college students, and two-thirds are from low-income families. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Amid recent reports of high stress and loneliness among college students, a Nebraska community college has a program focused on community building …

To be eligible for the My Access to Network Opportunities project, one must be a current college student ages 18-30, or up to 35 for veterans, possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Bilingual skills are preferred but not required. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
An initiative by the Hispanic Access Foundation aims to bridge the gap between land-management agencies and access to employment for Latinos and peopl…

For her master's thesis at Northwestern College, Deanna Cuffee wrote: "Because diversity continues to grow across our country and in our schools, it is imperative educators understand the role culture plays in education today and how they can meet the needs of a diverse student population." (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Educator training programs in Georgia would not contain diversity, equity and inclusion terms, if the Georgia Professional Standards Commission …

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reported in 2021, Indiana exported guns at more than twice the national rate. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Grassroots organizations created to address gun violence are on the increase, in Indiana and across the country, in the wake of more mass shootings …

As the nation grapples with mass shooting events around the country, statehouses are under pressure to adopt gun restrictions with such laws unlikely to pass a divided Congress. (Adobe Stock)
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Minnesota appears to be on the verge of adopting new gun-safety laws. Some of the common talking points have come up in debate, but groups demanding …

The 2020 study by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence concluded that Stand Your Ground laws exacerbate both systemic racism and gender bias, and "lead to more killing." (Guy Sagi/Adobe Stock)
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Missouri's Stand Your Ground law has been cited a number of times since the recent shooting of a Missouri teen by a homeowner whose house he went to b…

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Organizations tracking a new U.S. strategy to build peace in countries prone to conflict say it is designed to remove longstanding obstacles to stability, such as women not being allowed to participate in their local economy. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Minnesotans and the rest of the U.S. population sometimes feel the ripple effects of instability in other parts of the world, and humanitarian groups …

An Unarmed Civilian Protection team from Nonviolent Peaceforce has been assessing needs and working with local groups in Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of NP)
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This week marked the 75th day since Russia invaded Ukraine. As the humanitarian disaster unfolds, those carrying out Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP)…

A fundraiser for Ukraine, organized by a student from Luther College, has received several thousand dollars in donations ahead of a centerpiece event this weekend. (Adobe Stock)
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An Iowa college student is organizing a fundraiser and a message of peace for Ukraine, in an effort stretching 75 miles long. Anita Tamang, a senior …

Keystone Saves creates an individual retirement account program that automatically enrolls private-sector workers, who can choose to opt out. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
More than 40% of private sector workers in Pennsylvania earned their living at businesses without retirement plans, as of 2020. Multiple groups are …

Four years ago, Minnesota approved what was described as one of the toughest wage-theft laws in the country. But some construction union leaders say the practice is still prevalent within the industry. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
As the summer construction season ramps up, the industry is preparing for new requirements under a pending Minnesota law change. In recent years…

The owners of Dokkaebier in Oakland said they have thrived after participating in a business accelerator program called the ICA Fund. (Mikey Maher)
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Traditional business lending is tight these days following a series of recent bank collapses but one program is helping small businesses grow…

Experts find one factor driving antisemitism is social media. A report from the American Jewish Committee finds 82% of Americans saw some form of antisemitism on social media. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
The Biden administration has unveiled a plan to combat the rise in antisemitism across the U.S. In New York, Anti-Defamation League data finds …

HB 209 would prohibit a person from receiving a payment or providing a payment to another person for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, completing, obtaining, or delivering an absentee ballot application or absentee ballot of another person in certain circumstances.(Adobe Stock)
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Civic groups are taking action against what they call voter suppression tactics in the South. This week Alabama Values, Southern Leadership for …

Assembly Majority Leader Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, speaks at Wednesday's news conference. (Battle Born Progress)
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On Wednesday, Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo vetoed a trio of bills that sought to reduce gun violence. Assembly Bill 354 would have cracked down on so-…

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More than three in four Ohio food bank visitors have said that since the end of pandemic-era SNAP benefits, their household's SNAP benefit is completely used up within the first two weeks each month, according to new data from the Ohio Association of Food Banks. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Record-high demand has prompted the Ohio Association of Food Banks to request additional funding in the biennial budget to increase the capacity of fo…

Oregonians gathered to support a food assistance bill in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. (jpldesigns/Adobe Stock)
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A rally was held in Salem Thursday to urge passage of a bill to provide food assistance to Oregonians regardless of their immigration status…

Smaller and mid-sized farms say due to market concentration and supply-chain issues within agriculture have made it much harder to get their foods to various markets, including schools and restaurants within their own regions. (Adobe Stock)
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Rural development leaders say getting healthy, locally grown food to underserved areas is a challenge in states like North Dakota. They hope a new …

A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report estimates at least two billion people worldwide eat insects. Globally, more than 1,900 insect species are considered edible, particularly those in tropical countries. The most commonly eaten insect groups include beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants and grasshoppers. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
By Whitney Bauck for The Guardian.Broadcast version by Edwin J. Viera for New York News Connection reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

In the ancient world, letters were written on a variety of materials including metal, pottery fragments, animal skin and papyrus. (Serhiy Hipskyy/Adobe Stock)<br />
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If not for the colonial postal system, newcomers to the frontier soon to be known as New Mexico would not have kept up with relatives to the south in …

Statistics show the Los Angeles region has the biggest arts community in the U.S., but is 52nd for the amount spent on art programs and 259th in the country in terms of government support of the arts.  (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)
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April is the fifth annual Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California, and advocates for the arts are promoting diversity in the arts workforce …

Staffing shortages at the Department of Social Services have led to parents seeking child care assistance being placed on hold for as long as two or three hours. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
Missourians scored some big wins for child care and pre-K programs in the 2023 legislative session, although some said it is just a start. Brian …

In addition to preschool investments, Smart Start Illinois includes $12 million for scholarships and internships to expand the childcare workforce. (junce11/Adobe Stock)
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Researchers say a lot of learning begins even before birth - and especially between birth and age five. Gov. JB Pritzker's "Smart Start Illinois" …

One of four Americans volunteers, and two of three Americans help their neighbor, according to a study performed by The Corporation for National and Community Service. (Adobe Stock)
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April is Global Volunteer Awareness Month, and in Iowa advocates are calling on people to donate books and their time to help kids learn to read them…

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U.S. border patrol agents have seen a 50% drop in the number of migrants crossing the border since  Title 42 expired in mid May, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. (Mark Moran)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
A public health measure known as Title 42 was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that allowed for immigrants to be immediately expelled if they cross…

According to New York City's budget proposal, state and federal funding will need to help the city handle the influx of asylum seekers it's expected to face in the next year. In 2023, federal and state funding for this amounted to $1.6 Billion dollars.(Adobe Stock)
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Immigrant's rights advocates are displeased with the provisions for New York City's budget. According to New York City Mayor Eric Adams budget …

There are roughly 30,000 people in Illinois in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.<br />(Molly Adams/Wikimedia Commons)
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The Biden administration is expanding access to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act to include young people in the Deferred Action for Child…

Research shows children who live in households that receive the Earned Income Tax Credit have better school performance, greater college enrollment and increased work and income in adulthood. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
As Massachusetts lawmakers work to finalize tax-relief measures, advocates for low-income families are calling for an expansion of tax credits proven …

Community Action Agencies provide services that go beyond energy assistance and home weatherization. Many offer job training programs that take into account the barriers low-income individuals face in advancing in the workplace. (Adobe Stock)
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May is Community Action Month, and Minnesota agencies that help address poverty say demand for services isn't going away. To help clients thrive…

Some North Dakota lawmakers say the state has done a good job in analyzing such matters as behavioral health in recent years. They hope it can do the same for affordable housing, as demand for support programs appears evident. (Adobe Stock)
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May is Community Action Month, and in North Dakota, groups trying to help households escape poverty are gathering feedback on which obstacles are the …

Wisconsin is among the handful of states that have yet to formally adopt expanded postpartum health coverage through Medicaid. So far, nearly 40 states have done so. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
Wisconsin policymakers have less than a month to adopt a new state budget. Advocates for extending postpartum health coverage through Medicaid hope …

Rates of mental and behavioral health challenges have increased broadly among women and children across the nation in recent years, according to the UnitedHealth Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
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As National Women's Health Month comes to an end, an expert emphasized the need for increased health care and screenings for women in North Carolina …

Michigan reached a historic low in teen pregnancies in 2020, at just over 12 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19. (Nicholas Felix/peopleimages.com)
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The need for Michigan women to prioritize their health doesn't stop when National Women's Health Month ends this week. One expert said it is time to …

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Meta has until Aug. 1 to respond to the Federal Trade Commission's blanket prohibition on monetizing data from children under 18. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, held its annual meeting last week amid new scrutiny from the federal government and multiple …

Fewer than half of transition-age young people received one or more of the federally funded foster-care services meant to prepare them for success as adults between 2013 and 2021, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
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The number of children transitioning out of the foster care system has dropped significantly in Massachusetts, according to a new report. The number …

An Annie E. Casey Foundation report showed 55% of youth age 21 in Tennessee in 2021 were employed part-time or full-time, and 63% had stable housing. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/AdobeStock)
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In Tennessee, the number of foster youths near adulthood has dropped slightly, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation looked at …

With the debt-ceiling debate winding down, Congress faces future budget battles, including the Farm Bill reauthorization this fall. (Adobe Stock)
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This week's debt ceiling deal saw federal policymakers compromise on budget-related matters, but a new awareness campaign from a Wisconsin grassroots …

This legislative session, Wisconsin Republicans have sought tighter caps on unemployment benefits, while adding more eligibility benchmarks. (Adobe Stock)
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A coalition of Wisconsin groups is asking Gov. Tony Evers to reject bills it contends would make it harder for people struggling to get by to bounce …

Alabama is one of only three states still applying its full state sales tax on the purchase of groceries and food items. (Adobe Stock)
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Groups working to fight poverty in Alabama are urging state senators to approve a bill aimed at lowering food costs for families. House Bill 479 …

Some Illinois condo dwellers think corporations purchase units in their buildings with a longer-term strategy of increasing fees and assessments to displace other owners, who cannot afford the higher costs or the litigation to fight them. (aleutie/Adobe Stock)
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Some Illinois real estate corporations are getting large paydays by charging homeowners assessments for "common expenses," and the owners allege they …

Some 17% of formal complaints made to the Department of Civil Rights are related to housing, according to a legislative analysis of Senate Bill 207. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)
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People cannot be denied a place to live based on their race or disability in Michigan, but some are being turned down based on where they get the …

The New Mexico Legislature passed a bill this year to provide free IDs for individuals experiencing homelessness. (Seventyfour/AdobeStock)
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Rent for New Mexicans has increased 70% since 2017, while wages have only grown by 15%, which is one factor pushing more people into homelessness…

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This spring, Minnesota joined the nearly two dozen other states that have legalized recreational marijuana use in some form. (Adobe Stock)
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Two months from today, Minnesota will begin the process of removing low-level marijuana convictions for those who have them on their criminal records…

Illinois had almost 1,000 juveniles incarcerated in adult correctional facilities in 2021, at an annual cost of almost $33 million, according to a Human Rights for Kids report. (napatacha/Adobe Stock)
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Illinois could soon be the fourth state to pass a law to prevent unfair youth sentencing. The legislation encourages criminal courts to recognize …

An estimated one million Californians are eligible to have old conviction records sealed under Senate Bill 731. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobestock)
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The first people to make use of a new state law on sealing criminal records are set to go before a judge today. Previously, only people whose …

A new petition calls on the FDA to analyze exposure to wireless radiation, especially children in modern classrooms equipped with routers and laptops. (Seventyfour/Adobeststock)
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In 1968, Congress passed a law requiring the Food and Drug Administration to minimize people's exposure to wireless radiation, but the agency dropped …

In exchange for 25 pro bono hours and 225 reduced rate service hours, the Montana Legal Services Association's RIPL program provides networking, assistance with business and client development, and hands-on legal experience. (Adobe Stock)
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The Montana Legal Services Association has started a program to help young attorneys get started on a path to success - becoming community leaders…

Arkansas is slated to receive $54.1 million in the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program funding over five years, beginning with an initial allocation of $19.5 million for 2022-2023. (rh2010/Adobe Stock)
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The EPA is accepting written comments on its latest vehicle emission standards until July 5th. Backers of the more stringent rules say they will help …

Human rights advocates point out in 2023, North Dakota adopted nearly a dozen laws targeting the LGBTQ+ community. (Adobe Stock)
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Human rights voices are calling attention to new North Dakota laws deemed hostile toward LGBTQ+ individuals, saying it is part of a movement led by …

28% of LGBTQ youth say they've experienced homelessness or housing instability at some point in their lives while 14% of LGBTQ youth report being kicked out of their home or abandoned, according to the Trevor Project. (Adobe Stock)
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Advocates for the LGBTQ community are celebrating following New Hampshire's rejection of a so-called "parental bill of rights." Two Republicans cros…

Two of the largest "red" states, Texas and Florida, are set to adopt new bans on gender-affirming health care for trans children. (Adobe Stock)
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The culture war over transgender identity is spreading in GOP-led states, and Texas is among those passing the harshest laws. The Human Rights …

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At the height of the pandemic, nearly two million Oregonians volunteered their services, according to AmeriCorps. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)
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The nomination process is open for a prestigious award handed out to volunteers in Oregon each year. The Andrus Award for Community Service award is …

About 28% of Idahoans volunteered with organizations in 2021, according to AmeriCorps. (Nicholas F-peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)
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The nomination process is open for older Idahoans who have volunteered their time to help improve their communities. The Andrus Award for Community …

According to the American Library Association, a record 2,571 unique titles were targeted for censorship in 2022, a 38% increase over the previous year. (Adobe Stock)
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Public libraries are known for their quiet settings. But during National Library Week, staff leaders in Minnesota and elsewhere are being vocal about …

According to U.S. Census data, 30% of all New Yorkers speak a primary language other than English at home. (Adobe Stock)
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New York lawmakers are considering a bill to broaden statewide outreach through local media. The Local Community and Ethnic Media Commitment Act …

The state of Georgia hosted 412 productions, represented by 32 feature films, 36 independent films, 269 television and episodic productions, 42 commercials and 33 music videos between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. (Adobe Stock)
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Thousands of writers are currently on strike following a breakdown in negotiations with the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictur…

Award-winning journalist Molly Ivins worked at the Texas Observer in the 1970s, calling it a "sprightly, muckraking publication devoted to coverage of Texas politics and social issues." (Courtesy of The Texas Observer)
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The Texas Observer, a nonprofit news organization known for its liberal, independent reporting and cultural criticism, will continue publishing…

A new report finds that as of 2020, fewer than half of children left foster care to live with adoptive families or guardians or return to their birth families. (Bangkok Click Studio/Adobestock)
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A new report shows the number of people between the ages 14 to 21 in the foster-care system has dropped by about half over a 15-year period - and th…

Elementary students who spend more than two hours a day on screens are more likely to have emotional, social and attention problems, while students who have screens in their bedrooms tend to perform worse on academic tests than do those who do not. (Adobe Stock)
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Starting today, families throughout Massachusetts will swap their digital entertainment for the annual challenge of "Screen-Free Week." The global …

A new report found nationally, the estimated economic value of family caregivers' unpaid contributions in 2021 was $600 billion. (Evrymmnt/Adobe Stock)
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Some 4.4 million family caregivers in California provide more than four billion hours of uncompensated care each year; work worth about $81 billion…

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In a 2019 survey, almost 50% of Democrats and almost 40% of Republicans said they'd consider crossing party lines to vote for a candidate they thought could "unify the country." (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
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At a time when it's easy to find something to disagree about, whether it's politics or social issues, one organization is working to help others have …

The U.S. military has released 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere since the War on Terror began in 2001, despite military leaders citing climate change as a national security threat. (WRL)<br />
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Tax Day is quickly approaching April 18 but some Massachusetts residents will resist paying their federal taxes as a war protest. War tax resistance…

San Antonio's retired Army Gen. Patrick Brady received the National Medal of Honor for his rescue of more than 5,000 people wounded in helicopter combat missions, during two tours in Vietnam. (National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Staff)
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Construction of the Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation is under way in Arlington, Texas - a place to pay tribute to those who've earned the …

Tours of the mid-century modern M Building, renovated by Diane McGinley and her husband in downtown Casper, is just one of this year's many sites to be celebrated during Preservation Month, which was started by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973. (Diane McGinley)
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The Alliance for Historic Wyoming is putting a spotlight on the people responsible for preserving places during Preservation Month, which kicks off …

The Tri-Faith Center, the last building to be completed on the Tri-Faith Commons is shown near 132nd and Pacific Streets in Omaha. More than 6,600 people worshiped at one of its three faith communities in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Tri-Faith Initiative)
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Omaha's Tri-Faith Initiative, the only faith community of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, started with a conversation and is now the worship home …

With Democratic majorities this session, supporters of updating the Minnesota state flag are hopeful the effort will clear all legislative hurdles. (Adobe Stock)
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In recent years, the Minnesota state flag has come under scrutiny for its depiction of Native Americans, and now, a Legislative proposal would set up …

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 5 million to 14 million people will lose Medicaid coverage as the public health emergency ends and states and resume the annual renewal process. (suthisak/Adobe Stock)
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Missouri's Department of Social Services anticipates as many as 200,000 Missourians will lose their Medicaid benefits over the course of the next year…

If you're eligible, you can purchase food using benefits that are issued to you monthly. You can use your SNAP benefits to buy a variety of foods for your household, including fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and dairy products, according to USA.gov. (Adobe Stock)
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House lawmakers have approved a bill to make it harder for low income Iowans to qualify for public assistance, and critics said the measure would …

Advocates of guaranteed-income programs say they help families afford basic needs, from utility bills to food, and more. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)
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By Sonali Kolhatkar for Yes! Media.Broadcast version by Lily Böhlke for New York News Connection reporting for the YES! Media-Public News …

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The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 is a federal law governing the removal and out-of-home placement of American Indian children. A challenge to the policy could result in the U.S. Supreme Court either scaling back or overturning the law. (Adobe Stock)
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A North Dakota Senate committee hears a bill this week which would enshrine protections for Native American children who have to be placed in foster o…

Going back generations, many Indigenous cultures developed strong ties with bison and relied upon them for sustenance, shelter, and cultural and religious practices. (Adobe Stock)
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South Dakota is home to one of the nation's largest American Indian reservations, and the area is part of a movement among tribal nations to take …

Leaders of the Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Nations tell state lawmakers tribal sovereignty would bring federal funding, and jobs. Research shows per-capita income for non-Maine tribes grew by 61% between 1989 and 2020, yet only 9% for Wabanaki Nations. (Wabanaki Alliance)
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Leaders of the Wabanaki Nations are asking Maine lawmakers to recognize tribal sovereignty and help ensure a better economic future for their youth…

For the first time since 1998, the State of Illinois has updated the County Detention Standards for juvenile detention centers to reflect current best practices. (Adobe Stock)
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Attorneys, state employees and juvenile justice reform advocates will gather virtually Friday to receive updates on county pretrial juvenile …

According to the National Institute of Justice, childhood abuse or neglect raises the chance of juvenile arrest by 59%. In South Dakota, advocates say that's why it's important to provide more mental health providers to children and young adults so they can avoid entering the juvenile justice system. (Adobe Stock)
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South Dakota has been looking at ways to improve the state's juvenile-justice system. Recommendations could be considered in the new legislative …

The State of Utah used some of its COVID-19 pandemic relief funding to build the internet infrastructure needed for the higher-ed program in its juvenile justice facilities. (Adobe Stock)
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Utah is one of a few states where juveniles behind bars can earn college credit. Utah's Higher Education for Incarcerated Youth program lets young …

Today, nearly one-third of all rural children come from racial or ethnic minority populations, compared with 28.1% in 2010, according to the report. (Adobe Stock)
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A version of this report originally appeared on The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Arkansas News Service for the Public News Servic…

The Census Bureau is reporting both population undercounts and overcounts, were likely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and decisions by the Trump administration that disrupted normal counting efforts. (GerdAltmann/Pixabay)
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A new report found Texas likely undercounted the number of people who actually live in the state when gathering information for the 2020 census…

The new congressional district map splits Boone County into two districts, right through downtown Columbia. (Missouri House of Representatives)
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With congressional voting district maps finally in place in Missouri, county clerks are working to educate voters on the changes. Every 10 years …

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