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After the Trump assassination attempt, defining democracy gets even harder; Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate; DC residents push back on natural gas infrastructure build-up a new law allows youth on Medi-Cal to consent to mental health treatment.

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Former President Trump is injured but safe after an attempted assassination many condemn political violence. Democrats' fears intensify over Biden's run. And North Carolina could require proof of citizenship to vote.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

Water parks are a good way to keep cool in the summer, but the Illinois Department of Public Health reminds parents to always supervise children playing in or near the water. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
Summer is usually a fun time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends but experts say Illinoisans should take precautions to keep a day of fun in…

According to America's Health Rankings, Illinois ranks 42nd among states for fruit and vegetable consumption among people over age 60, but the same group lags in terms of getting healthy sleep and sufficient physical activity. (Adobe Stock)
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Isolation and a lack of regular nutritious meals are circumstances many older adults find themselves in. One organization is working to remedy this - …

According to health policy site KFF, in May 2022, almost 33% of adults in Illinois reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder, and nearly 33% did not receive counseling or therapy. (Adobe Stock)
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Addressing mental illness in America is a source of continued debate and a new report outlined areas in need of change. The study detailed the role …

As universities begin implementing a new tenure law, debate continues over its potential effects on academic freedom and the preparation of future educators in Indiana. (Adobe stock)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
With just over a month before Indiana university students return, a new law affecting college professor tenures is in full effect. The law targets …

Along with Indiana, 20 other states have already adopted Buyer's Exclusive Agency agreements. (Adobe stock)
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For years, Indiana home sellers have signed formal listing agreements with real estate brokers but now buyers also need written agreements before …

The World Health Organization says heat stress is the leading cause of weather-related deaths and can exacerbate underlying illnesses. (Adobe stock)
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As summer temperatures rise, experts emphasize the need for Hoosiers to stay mindful of the heat to avoid serious health risks. Zac Schlader…

Cover crops protect soil from erosion and also help with weed control. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
An Iowa nonprofit group helps ag-related businesses grow to serve more farmers and get more cover crops planted in the state. Cover crops like rye …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends drinking 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes when doing strenuous activity outside, which translates to 24 to 32 ounces per hour. (Adobe Stock)
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Health care experts are reminding Iowans to be careful in the summertime sun. From sunburns and bike safety to water accidents and sports injuries…

Garret Frey was honored with the Lifetime Advocacy Award from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council in 2023. (Courtesy of Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council)
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The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has issued a ruling ensuring that an Iowa man with disabilities is able to live in his home and receive round-the-…

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In 2022, officials blamed a heatwave for killing thousands of cattle in southwest Kansas. (JackieDavies/AdobeStock)
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A heat wave is forecast for Kansas and health professionals said residents should be aware of options to get help, including local physicians who …

Many school children are still "catching up" on their education after the disruptions during the COVID pandemic, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
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A report on the condition of America's children ranks Kansas in the bottom half of states for education, with declining reading and math scores among …

The Kansas rankings in the 2023 Kids Count Data Book include: 17th in overall child well-being; 22nd in health; 24th in family and community, and 26th in education. (Adobe Stock)
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Kansas ranks seventh among states in the area of economic well-being in the 2023 Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book. Rankings on the …

Line 5, an Enbridge pipeline that was built in 1953, runs for 645 miles from Wisconsin, under the Straits of Mackinac, through Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. (Jorge Moro/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
A Michigan environmental group is addressing an appeal challenging the state's decision to approve the enclosure of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline…

A $1 minimum wage increase could reduce suicides among those with a high school education or less by nearly 6%, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. (SpaceOak/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
In response to an alarmingly high number of suicides among construction workers, Michigan's construction leaders have taken measures to tackle mental …

The 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana required the resentencing of 364 Michigan youths serving life without parole, citing Eighth Amendment violations. (ehrlif/Adobe Stock)
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The Michigan Supreme Court is set to reexamine the life without parole sentences of three men who have spent two decades in prison, convicted of …

The Environmental Working Group said in a new report when someone thinks of farm subsidies, they might not picture the recipient living in a downtown Minneapolis apartment but it showed loopholes approved by Congress allow it to happen more frequently. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
Minneapolis-St. Paul is in the top five metro areas where investors in farms are receiving large amounts of government subsidies. Authors of a new …

In making homes more energy efficient, Minnesotans could see new rebates released sometime next year. Officials are still piecing together the framework for these new programs, which are federally funded. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
Minnesotans this month have a chance to share their thoughts on how the state should distribute home energy rebates. With federal incentives coming …

A University of Minnesota expert said drinking enough water helps your muscles work efficiently, a key benefit for those doing outdoor labor during hotter stretches. (Adobe Stock)
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Minnesota could see temperatures reach the 90s in the coming days and as residents try to stay hydrated, one health expert said consistency is key…

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Stanford University researchers say immigrants are 60% less likely to be incarcerated than American-born people. (DragonImages/Adobe Stock)
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The Missouri House of Representatives has formed a special committee to look into what the House Speaker refers to as crimes committed by immigrants l…

A report from the nonprofit Inseparable calls for a 988 system that ensures individuals in a mental health emergency have someone to call, someone to respond to and a safe place to go for help. (Adobe Stock)
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The country's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline system turns two years old this month and a new report outlined Missouri's implementation, calling for …

At the state level, Renew Missouri represents renewable and energy efficiency interests before the Public Service Commission. (Adobe Stock)
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Some Missouri nonprofit groups have teamed up to help those in need in the rural southeastern part of the state. Many households in these …

Between 2019 and early 2021, the number of Medicaid telehealth visits increased 15-fold in five states the U.S. General Accounting Office selected and Medicare telehealth visits increased tenfold. (Westock/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
Receiving medical services via telehealth was a requirement for some during the pandemic but has continued to grow in popularity since then. In …

Use of cover crops, such as winter wheat, can help water and nutrients penetrate the soil and smother weeds, leading to better corn crops.  (Magnus/Adobe Stock)
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Three members of Nebraska's student-run climate advocacy organization Students for Sustainability were among the youngest participants at the recent C…

In addition to answering nearly 390,000 calls in May, counselors with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline responded to approximately 49,000 chats and 95,000 texts. (artitwpd/Adobe Stock)
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A new report gives Nebraska a positive review for its operation of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline but identifies shortcomings in two crucial area…

According to a 2022 Kids Count report, 20 North Dakota counties meet less than 60% of the child care demand in their counties. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
North Dakota officials will highlight a new project today to boost childcare access for parents with nontraditional work hours. A local provider …

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a five-year policy meant to spur a range of public works projects around the country, including in North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
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Federal officials have opened up a new round of funding under one of the many grant programs tied to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. As the …

In North Dakota and elsewhere, various nonprofits are trying to take block parties and similar events to another level with activities that emphasize physical movement and other forms of engagement, so that all community members have access to a healthier lifestyle. (Adobe Stock)
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Community developers are tasked with balancing infrastructure needs - like roads, with amenities for the public to enjoy. Organizers behind an …

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Fracking waste being stored in Martin's Ferry by Austin Master Services. (Ohio Department of Natural Resources)
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Monday, July 15, 2024
The CEO of Austin Master Services - owner of a fracking-waste storage facility in Martin's Ferry, Ohio - will attend a hearing by phone today in …

The Black Swamp Conservancy has grown to protect more than 175 properties since 1997, covering more than 21,000 acres. (Linda/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $271,000 in grants for environmental education projects across the state. The programs will …

Ohio House Bill 183 would also restrict students from using overnight accommodations with those of a different gender. (Andre/Adobe Stock)
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By Eduardo Miranda Strobel / Broadcast version by Farah Siddiqi reporting for the Kent State NewsLab-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. Concerns of …

In a 2024 report from the National Education Association, South Dakota ranked 49th in the U.S. for average teacher salary, at about $53,000 a year. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Monday, July 15, 2024
A coalition of South Dakota groups is voicing its opposition to a ballot measure intended to end a state sales tax on consumables. If passed this …

Nearly 60% of people who borrowed medical equipment from Owen's Outfitters in June were enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare, according to data from the organization. Roughly 9% of clients were uninsured. (Eleanor Turner, The Legacy Foundation)
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A lending library for medical and mobility supplies opened in Sioux Falls just last fall and now its parent nonprofit is making moves to go mobile…

The Federal Transit Administration's Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program has supported access to health with $24 million over five years, according to the agency. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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The Biden administration announced nearly $8 million in grants to improve public transportation, including a large and rural system in South Dakota…

Public health experts said while having one or two alcoholic beverages a day might not seem excessive, it actually falls under the category of "heavy drinking," leading to chronic health issues down the road. (Adobe Stock)
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Often celebrated in popular culture, Wisconsin's relationship with alcohol continues to give way to troubling statistics that center around excessive …

In a new AARP survey of Wisconsin voters, nearly two-thirds of older voters say Social Security is or will be a major source of their income. Pollsters said it underscores how big an issue the safety net program will be in the 2024 election. (Adobe Stock)
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After the much-talked-about presidential debate, pollsters have a fresh snapshot of how Wisconsin voters feel about the leading candidates. Older …

The Yerkes Observatory, opened in 1897, has made some of the earliest discoveries in astronomy, including 13,665 star systems and the earliest sighting of the sub-planet Pluto. (Yerkes Observatory)
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By Jacqueline Kehoe for Arts Midwest.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Wisconsin News Connection reporting for the Arts Midwest-Public News Service C…

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