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The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.

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Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.

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Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

The Biden administration has pledged not to raise income taxes on people making incomes of less than $400,000 a year. (Adobe Stock)
The Biden administration has pledged not to raise income taxes on people making incomes of less than $400,000 a year. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 17, 2021
CHICAGO - More than 200 high-net-worth individuals signed a letter this week urging Congress to move forward on the $3.5 trillion budget bill - even t…

Dulce Ortiz of Clean Power Lake County was among those who spoke at the signing of landmark clean-energy legislation in Illinois. (Office of Gov. J.B. Pritzker)
Dulce Ortiz of Clean Power Lake County was among those who spoke at the signing of landmark clean-energy legislation in Illinois. (Office of Gov. J.B. Pritzker)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The historic clean-energy bill signed into Illinois law yesterday includes measures from closing coal and natural gas plants by 2…

Ten artists from across the country are coming together to draw 40 chalk portraits of passengers and crew members of United Flight 93. (Rosemarie/Adobe Stock)
Ten artists from across the country are coming together to draw 40 chalk portraits of passengers and crew members of United Flight 93. (Rosemarie/Adobe Stock)

BARRINGTON, Ill. -- Many have called United Flight 93, one of the four hijacked planes on Sep. 11, 2001, the first battle in the war on terror…

The latest USDA statistics say 40% of single-parent households led by women faced food insecurity in 2020. (habrovich/Adobe Stock)
The latest USDA statistics say 40% of single-parent households led by women faced food insecurity in 2020. (habrovich/Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 20, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS -- Overall food insecurity in Indiana remained steady in 2020 in terms of numbers, but disparities remain. Data from the U.S. …

Indiana ranks 44th out of 50 states for bankruptcy. (Andriy Blokhin/Adobe Stock)
Indiana ranks 44th out of 50 states for bankruptcy. (Andriy Blokhin/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new coalition is forming to push back against predatory lending and urge state lawmakers to take action to protect consumers…

AARP surveys have shown that, nationwide, three in four people would prefer to age at home. (Satjawat/Adobe Stock)
AARP surveys have shown that, nationwide, three in four people would prefer to age at home. (Satjawat/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana officials are conducting a survey to better understand the unmet needs of caregivers across the state, which they say will …

During the Great Recession, 50 million Americans experienced food insecurity, compared with an estimated 38 million during last year's economic fallout from COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)
During the Great Recession, 50 million Americans experienced food insecurity, compared with an estimated 38 million during last year's economic fallout from COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The rate of people experiencing hunger in Iowa and across the U.S. was steady during 2020, according to initial data from the U.S…

Municipal and school board elections in Iowa are scheduled for Nov. 2. (Adobe Stock)
Municipal and school board elections in Iowa are scheduled for Nov. 2. (Adobe Stock)

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- There is no federal or statewide race this fall, but Iowa voters in many cities will still head to the polls for municipal and …

In a national survey, 50% of school transportation coordinators said the rate of pay is a major factor that affects their ability to recruit and retain school bus drivers. (Adobe Stock)
In a national survey, 50% of school transportation coordinators said the rate of pay is a major factor that affects their ability to recruit and retain school bus drivers. (Adobe Stock)

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- Iowa school districts are reporting bus driver shortages as the academic year gets underway. Transportation officials said more …

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The Biden administration has promised not to raise income taxes on those making less than $400,000 a year. (Adobe Stock)
The Biden administration has promised not to raise income taxes on those making less than $400,000 a year. (Adobe Stock)

DETROIT -- More than 200 high-net-worth individuals who would personally pay more under the Biden administration's proposed changes to the federal tax…

More than 75% of likely Michigan voters in a new poll say they think investments in caregiving fields would create economic growth. (Angelov/Adobe Stock)
More than 75% of likely Michigan voters in a new poll say they think investments in caregiving fields would create economic growth. (Angelov/Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Groups that advocate for caregivers cite new polling data from a dozen states, including Michigan, showing public support for parts …

A recent poll finds 56% of Michigan voters have struggled to pay a medical bill, even while they had health insurance. (everythingpossible/Adobe Stock)
A recent poll finds 56% of Michigan voters have struggled to pay a medical bill, even while they had health insurance. (everythingpossible/Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Michiganders are concerned about the quality of their health care, according to new research…

The Nature Conservancy says the U.S. loses nearly 1 million acres of forest lands each year through development and other factors, reducing nature's ability to capture and store carbon dioxide. (Adobe Stock)
The Nature Conservancy says the U.S. loses nearly 1 million acres of forest lands each year through development and other factors, reducing nature's ability to capture and store carbon dioxide. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 20, 2021
DULUTH, Minn. - As Minnesota looks to address the impact of climate change on the region, land managers and policymakers are reminded of the role …

In the push for Congress to approve the "Build Back Better" plan, the Biden administration and plan supporters have been adamant about not raising taxes on people earning less than $400,000. (Adobe Stock)
In the push for Congress to approve the "Build Back Better" plan, the Biden administration and plan supporters have been adamant about not raising taxes on people earning less than $400,000. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dozens of wealthy Americans, including some from Minnesota, are pressing Congress to boost taxes on higher-income earners, contending …

Zebra mussels are among the aquatic invasive species that have surfaced in Minnesota lakes. (Adobe Stock)
Zebra mussels are among the aquatic invasive species that have surfaced in Minnesota lakes. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota continues to battle aquatic invasive species in certain lakes. As the state fights these threats, there are calls for the …

A group of U.S. Senators has introduced a new voting-rights bill, known as the Freedom to Vote Act. (ungvar/Adobe Stock)
A group of U.S. Senators has introduced a new voting-rights bill, known as the Freedom to Vote Act. (ungvar/Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 20, 2021
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As lawmakers in Congress work to expand access to voting, members of the Missouri Legislature are proposing laws their critics …

New Jersey and California were the only states to receive "C" grades in a new report on state prison systems' handling of COVID-19; most received lower marks. (Adobe Stock)
New Jersey and California were the only states to receive "C" grades in a new report on state prison systems' handling of COVID-19; most received lower marks. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 17, 2021
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - One out of every three people incarcerated in the United States has contracted COVID-19, and a new report shows how state …

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A new report spotlights the economic impacts of limiting a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. (Adobe Stock)
A new report spotlights the economic impacts of limiting a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. (Adobe Stock)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Limiting women's access to abortion and other reproductive health care can have a devastating impact on state economies. According …

Nine in ten Nebraskans told researchers that voter redistricting should be driven by 2020 census data, not by making deals that benefit a political party. (Adobe Stock)
Nine in ten Nebraskans told researchers that voter redistricting should be driven by 2020 census data, not by making deals that benefit a political party. (Adobe Stock)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Next week, Nebraska lawmakers will hold three public hearings on how new voter maps should be drawn for the state's 49 districts…

Over the past year, Community Action Partnership of North Dakota says 611 weatherization jobs were carried out across the state, along with more than 1,200 emergency furnace repairs. (Adobe Stock)
Over the past year, Community Action Partnership of North Dakota says 611 weatherization jobs were carried out across the state, along with more than 1,200 emergency furnace repairs. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- This month, Congress could give final approval to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. With cold weather on the horizon, there could be …

During the pandemic, Community Health Centers in the U.S. reached 70,000 more elderly patients and a higher proportion of rural patients than they had before. (Adobe Stock)
During the pandemic, Community Health Centers in the U.S. reached 70,000 more elderly patients and a higher proportion of rural patients than they had before. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota's governor and health-care leaders want residents to take COVID-19 seriously to prevent the snowball effects of the …

Almost three-quarters of nursing homes said their workforce situation had worsened since 2020, according to a recent survey.(Adobe Stock)
Almost three-quarters of nursing homes said their workforce situation had worsened since 2020, according to a recent survey.(Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 20, 2021
By Savanna Strott for Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Journalism Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Ohio News Connection. COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio …

Pasture grazing cattle is a climate-friendly practice by cycling nutrients in the soil. (Drausin Wulsin)
Pasture grazing cattle is a climate-friendly practice by cycling nutrients in the soil. (Drausin Wulsin)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As the contributor of 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture has had a profound impact on climate change. Legislation in …

Male survivors of sexual assault sometimes feel shame or self-doubt that prevents them seeking help. (AdobeStock).
Male survivors of sexual assault sometimes feel shame or self-doubt that prevents them seeking help. (AdobeStock).

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anyone can become a victim of sexual violence, and work is underway in Ohio to ensure that men feel welcome in the anti-violence …

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An estimated 48 million Americans are family caregivers, including about 90,000 South Dakotans. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 48 million Americans are family caregivers, including about 90,000 South Dakotans. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 17, 2021
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The pandemic is shining a new light on the burdens felt by family caregivers, and a bill in Congress would remove some of the …

Without guidance from states, education researchers say, incorporating 9/11 lesson plans can be a difficult balancing act for teachers. (Adobe Stock)
Without guidance from states, education researchers say, incorporating 9/11 lesson plans can be a difficult balancing act for teachers. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota is in the process of updating social studies standards for public schools. It comes amid national conversation about 9/11…

Advocates say South Dakota has made progress in compensating teachers, but still lags behind neighboring states, including trailing North Dakota educators by $4,000 in annual salary. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates say South Dakota has made progress in compensating teachers, but still lags behind neighboring states, including trailing North Dakota educators by $4,000 in annual salary. (Adobe Stock)

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Students across South Dakota are getting settled into the new school year, even as some districts still are trying to fill a …

According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, cover-crop acres in the United States have increased to 10 million. (Adobe Stock)
According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, cover-crop acres in the United States have increased to 10 million. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 17, 2021
EAST TROY, Wis. - Wisconsin farmers are looking ahead to the fall harvest, and those who use cover crops face a deadline to sign up for a research …

Amid the push for Congress to approve the "Build Back Better" plan, the Biden administration and plan supporters have been adamant about not raising taxes on those earning less than $400,000. (Adobe Stock)
Amid the push for Congress to approve the "Build Back Better" plan, the Biden administration and plan supporters have been adamant about not raising taxes on those earning less than $400,000. (Adobe Stock)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Dozens of wealthy Americans from several states, including Wisconsin, are pressuring Congress to boost taxes on higher-income …

In Wisconsin, the average paid caregiver's wage is $10.47 per hour. (Adobe Stock)
In Wisconsin, the average paid caregiver's wage is $10.47 per hour. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - New polling data from a dozen states, including Wisconsin, show public support for a key part of the Biden administration's economic …

 

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