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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.

A 2019 report from the Economic Policy Institute found teacher shortages were especially acute in higher-poverty schools. (Adobe Stock)
A 2019 report from the Economic Policy Institute found teacher shortages were especially acute in higher-poverty schools. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 27, 2022
As the nation processes the horrific shooting in Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed, teachers' unions across Illinois and America …

<a href="https://mobile.twitter.com/Chicago_Police/status/1513588532543033348" target="_blank">The Chicago Police Department reported</a> recovering 458 ghost guns in 2021, up from 139 in 2020. (Adobe Stock)
The Chicago Police Department reported recovering 458 ghost guns in 2021, up from 139 in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

Illinois has a new law banning the sale and possession of "ghost guns," essentially untraceable firearms that are sold in kit-form online or at gun sh…

The White House announced this week plans to invest an additional $250 million in domestic fertilizer production, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine has limited the supply of fertilizer globally. (Adobe Stock)
The White House announced this week plans to invest an additional $250 million in domestic fertilizer production, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine has limited the supply of fertilizer globally. (Adobe Stock)

President Joe Biden used his trip to Illinois Wednesday to tout several new initiatives he said will support American farms. The president's trip …

According to a new report, about 600,000 Americans were locked up in county jails in 2021, 75% in pre-trial detention. (Adobe Stock)
According to a new report, about 600,000 Americans were locked up in county jails in 2021, 75% in pre-trial detention. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
A new report from Indiana University revealed stark racial disparities in bail costs, and outlined how those higher costs can have long-term impacts …

According to the Human Rights Campaign, from January through early May 2021, lawmakers across the country introduced more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Human Rights Campaign, from January through early May 2021, lawmakers across the country introduced more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills. (Adobe Stock)

Earlier this spring, Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed a GOP-authored bill banning transgender girls from school sports. Now, Holcomb's own party is poised to …

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program has a recurring annual budget of $1 billion through 2026, <a href="https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/nevi_formula_program.cfm" target="_blank">according to the U.S. Department of Transportation</a>. (Adobe Stock)
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program has a recurring annual budget of $1 billion through 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Adobe Stock)

Indiana is in line to receive about $100 million from the federal government to support new electric-vehicle infrastructure. State transportation …

Aside from health risks, environmental officials say harmful algae blooms pose a threat to Iowa's water recreation industry. When beaches and other access points are temporarily shut down, it discourages plans for boating or swimming. (Adobe Stock)
Aside from health risks, environmental officials say harmful algae blooms pose a threat to Iowa's water recreation industry. When beaches and other access points are temporarily shut down, it discourages plans for boating or swimming. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 27, 2022
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of water recreation season, and before putting on a swimsuit, Iowa environmental experts say being mindful …

According to Pew Research, 53% of Americans support stricter gun laws. (Adobe Stock)
According to Pew Research, 53% of Americans support stricter gun laws. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
This week's school shooting in Texas has evoked feelings of hopelessness in the public sphere about avoiding future tragedies in the U.S. But gun …

Mutual Aid groups, which have been around for generations, say they do not view themselves as providing charity, but rather injecting a wave of neighborly help that cannot easily be applied by larger institutions. (Adobe Stock)
Mutual Aid groups, which have been around for generations, say they do not view themselves as providing charity, but rather injecting a wave of neighborly help that cannot easily be applied by larger institutions. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Regulators have put the Midwest on high alert for energy shortfalls this summer, while forecasters say most areas will be hotter than usual. In Iowa…

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The National School Lunch Act was signed by former President Harry Truman in 1946. (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)
The National School Lunch Act was signed by former President Harry Truman in 1946. (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
The Michigan Department of Education has received a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for building and retaining …

Michigan is in the bottom 10 states for fourth-grade reading among Black students. (carline11/Adobe Stock)
Michigan is in the bottom 10 states for fourth-grade reading among Black students. (carline11/Adobe Stock)

A new report found Michigan kids have remained stagnant across several key indicators of student success, such as fourth-grade reading and eighth-…

Keeping siblings together in foster care is a national best practice. (mytrykau/Adobe Stock)
Keeping siblings together in foster care is a national best practice. (mytrykau/Adobe Stock)

Michigan is taking steps to improve the child welfare system for National Foster Care Month. In Michigan, nearly a quarter of young people who are …

George Floyd's murder sparked global protests over systemic racism, but advocates say there's no silver lining to end decades of racial disparities in states such as Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)
George Floyd's murder sparked global protests over systemic racism, but advocates say there's no silver lining to end decades of racial disparities in states such as Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
President Joe Biden is using today's second anniversary of George Floyd's murder to sign executive orders on police reform. From criminal justice to …

Examples of brownfield sites include an out-of-business gas station, or an old dry-cleaning business which may have disposed chemical solvents down the drain, contaminating the groundwater. (Adobe Stock)
Examples of brownfield sites include an out-of-business gas station, or an old dry-cleaning business which may have disposed chemical solvents down the drain, contaminating the groundwater. (Adobe Stock)

Minnesota has more than 10,000 brownfield sites, which are abandoned or idled properties in need of contamination removal. State officials will soon …

Over the past two years, pro-democracy groups say more than 30 states have proposed nearly 230 laws viewed as an attempt to undermine elections. (Adobe Stock)
Over the past two years, pro-democracy groups say more than 30 states have proposed nearly 230 laws viewed as an attempt to undermine elections. (Adobe Stock)

Examples of proposed policies and candidates tied to false claims of election fraud have spread to Minnesota, and a new national report found the …

Degrees When Due is one of many ways Missouri is working to meet its goal of 60% of working-age residents having a degree or credential by 2025. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)
Degrees When Due is one of many ways Missouri is working to meet its goal of 60% of working-age residents having a degree or credential by 2025. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
More than 600,000 Missourians have some postsecondary experience but have not earned a college degree or credential. Some Missouri colleges and …

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is one of the career pathways young Missourians can train for through the St. Joseph Youth Alliance. (Adobe Stock)
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is one of the career pathways young Missourians can train for through the St. Joseph Youth Alliance. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The St. Joseph Youth Alliance has been awarded a YouthBuild Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, to help students earn their high school …

In Missouri, no health insurance -- not even private policies -- can be used for abortions. Vice President Kamala Harris joined providers Thursday to discuss the next steps. (The White House)
In Missouri, no health insurance -- not even private policies -- can be used for abortions. Vice President Kamala Harris joined providers Thursday to discuss the next steps. (The White House)

Vice President Kamala Harris met with abortion providers from Missouri and other restrictive states Thursday to consider ways the Biden administration…

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Of 62 large districts surveyed, 98% identified challenges with supply-chain disruptions and labor shortages, and said providing school meals would be even greater if not for USDA child-nutrition waivers. (Adobe Stock)
Of 62 large districts surveyed, 98% identified challenges with supply-chain disruptions and labor shortages, and said providing school meals would be even greater if not for USDA child-nutrition waivers. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
During the COVID health emergency, Congress removed a lot of red tape in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) school meals programs, and a new …

So far, a ballot signature campaign led by Christa Eggers to legalize medical cannabis has reached Nebraska's 5%-of-voters threshold in four of the required 38 counties. (Rebecca Gratz)
So far, a ballot signature campaign led by Christa Eggers to legalize medical cannabis has reached Nebraska's 5%-of-voters threshold in four of the required 38 counties. (Rebecca Gratz)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging Nebraska's requirements for voter-led initiatives …

In addition to legislative seats, North Dakota will see Native American candidates running for county-level seats and school boards this year. (Adobe Stock)
In addition to legislative seats, North Dakota will see Native American candidates running for county-level seats and school boards this year. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Ahead of North Dakota's June 14 primary, a civic engagement group is crunching numbers and maintaining talks with county and state election leaders …

Since 2016, North Dakota has recorded more than 2,100 Alzheimer's deaths, with women making up 70% of those cases. (Adobe Stock)
Since 2016, North Dakota has recorded more than 2,100 Alzheimer's deaths, with women making up 70% of those cases. (Adobe Stock)

Alzheimer's disease is one of the leading causes of death in North Dakota, prompting state officials to launch an online dashboard, where the public …

In North Dakota, student-loan borrowers owe an average of $29,246 in federal, private debt. (Adobe Stock)
In North Dakota, student-loan borrowers owe an average of $29,246 in federal, private debt. (Adobe Stock)

The White House is fielding pitches from top Democratic lawmakers about their desire to dramatically expand student loan forgiveness. While a …

There's been a roughly 38% drop in drowning deaths over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)
There's been a roughly 38% drop in drowning deaths over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 27, 2022
With the unofficial start to summer, pools around Ohio are opening this Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to swim time, experts encourage …

The same conditions creating poverty can increase risk factors for intimate-partner violence. (Adobe Stock)
The same conditions creating poverty can increase risk factors for intimate-partner violence. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Economic supports could be the key to reducing intimate-partner violence, which claims the lives of dozens of Ohioans each year. Research from the …

In a new report, 8.7% of adults age 65+ in Ohio reported frequent mental distress. (Adobe Stock)
In a new report, 8.7% of adults age 65+ in Ohio reported frequent mental distress. (Adobe Stock)

Among the needs highlighted during Mental Health Awareness Month are those for older adults. It's become a serious challenge, says a new America's …

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While some tribal governments, including the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, have been able to accelerate internet accessibility, service affordability is still a barrier for tribal members. (Adobe Stock)
While some tribal governments, including the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, have been able to accelerate internet accessibility, service affordability is still a barrier for tribal members. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Native American communities say the pandemic severely limited their ability to communicate with the rest of the world and each other, largely because …

South Dakota election officials say even though demand for absentee ballots hasn't reached the levels that were seen in 2020, they are still higher than a decade ago. (Adobe Stock)
South Dakota election officials say even though demand for absentee ballots hasn't reached the levels that were seen in 2020, they are still higher than a decade ago. (Adobe Stock)

South Dakota's primary election is three weeks from today. Those overseeing the process, as well as groups educating voters, hope residents are …

As of early May, the nationwide out-of-stock percentage for baby formula is 43%. (Adobe Stock)
As of early May, the nationwide out-of-stock percentage for baby formula is 43%. (Adobe Stock)

South Dakota is among the states hardest hit by the lack of baby formula in stores. There is debate about the underlying factors, but one health …

A January ruling from the Waukesha County Circuit Court held nearly all ballot drop boxes are illegal, with a narrow carve-out for boxes at clerks's offices and in other specific scenarios. (Adobe Stock)
A January ruling from the Waukesha County Circuit Court held nearly all ballot drop boxes are illegal, with a narrow carve-out for boxes at clerks's offices and in other specific scenarios. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will soon hand down a decision on whether absentee ballot drop boxes are permitted under state law. Ahead of that …

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin had 64,400 farms in 2020, down 500 from 2019. (Adobe Stock)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin had 64,400 farms in 2020, down 500 from 2019. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
From inflation to climate change, Wisconsin farmers face numerous sources of stress that can't help but affect their health. And one program is …

According to city documents, Madison's new electric bus fleet will cost about $70 million. In its 2022 budget, the city set aside roughly $26 million in local funding for the project. (Jonah Chester)
According to city documents, Madison's new electric bus fleet will cost about $70 million. In its 2022 budget, the city set aside roughly $26 million in local funding for the project. (Jonah Chester)

Six months ago this week, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure law, and Wisconsin's towns and cities are planning how best to …

 

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