Friday, May 27, 2022

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High gas prices are not slowing down Memorial Day travel, early voting starts tomorrow in Nevada, and Oregon activists seek accountability for dioxin contamination in low-income Eugene.

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Education Secretary Cardona calls for action after the Texas massacre, Republicans block a domestic terrorism vote, and Secretary of State Blinken calls China the greatest challenger to U.S. and its allies.

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High-speed internet is being used to entice remote workers to rural communities, Georgia is offering Black women participation in a guaranteed income initiative, and under-resourced students in Montana get a boost toward graduation.

Deborah Smith


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Jessica’s Side of the “State Budget Cuts” Story Featured in DC

Concord, NH – A New Hampshire state employee losing her job because of the state budget shortage spent Thursday in Washington D.C. trying to …

Stepping Over a Dollar to Pick up a Dime? MA Rally Against Budget Cuts

Boston, MA – Bay State legislators deciding where the budget ax should fall are hearing a loud and clear “not any more here” from …


Premiere Screening of “Grizzly” in MT - “Smarter than the Average Bear”

Missoula, MT – Montana’s newest movie stars make their debut today – they’re a mother grizzly bear with two cubs and a young …

Economic Stimulus Package "Good News" for NH Unemployed

Concord, NH – A rescue for the rest of us: That's a message popping up as the U.S. Senate works on its version of the economic stimulus package …


KY Budget Crisis Solutions Placed on the Table

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's budget-balancing act is featuring more options. Increasing the cigarette tax, budget cuts, and video gambling are …

Coal River Valley Residents Rally to Save Their Last Mountain

Pettus, WV – It's the last mountain -- so don't blow it up. That's the rallying cry today (Tuesday) to try to stop Massey Energy's plan for …


“Buckle Up” Bill Could Net NH $3.7 Million

Concord, NH – For years, New Hampshire legislators have said "no" to passing a law that would require adults in the state to wear seat belts…

Toughest Week – Legislators Get Serious About Budget Shortfall

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky legislators get the tough job of balancing the state checkbook this week – and right now, the state checking …


Ten Years and Still no “Two Elk” For WYO?

Cheyenne, WY – Ten years ago this month, developers of the Two Elk coal-fired power plant got an air quality permit, but there's still no plant …

ID Jobs Eyed in Proposed Mining Law Update

Washington, D.C. - It's time to pay up - after more than 100 years. A bill now in Congress would reform the 1872 hardrock mining law to charge …


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