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Thursday, June 8, 2023

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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.

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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 …

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 …

A 2014 study predicted one million new homes will be built in very high wildfire severity zones between the years 2000 and 2050. (Sundry Photography/Adobestock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
It is getting increasingly expensive to have a home on the edge of the woods in California, in terms of home value and insurance costs. A new study …

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A six month experiment will take place at the Idaho National Laboratory to test a new type of nuclear reactor. (MichaelVi/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
An experimental nuclear technology project slated for testing in Idaho is raising concerns about the potential for nuclear weapons proliferation…

The Snake River plain, which will receive restoration funds from BLM, is home to diverse landscapes.(Danita Delimont/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
The federal government is investing $161 million into restoration projects across the West. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has selected 21 …

In 2017, Delaware became the second state to adopt the Idaho Stop, 35 years after the Gem State did so. (skilas/Adobe Stock)
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The "Idaho Stop" measure for bicyclists is spreading to other states. Minnesota is the latest to adopt the so-called Idaho Stop, in which cyclists …

Public land makes up 37.5% of the acres in Montana, 12th most in the country. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
The Bureau of Land Management has announced a $161 million investment in wildlife habitat projects in 11 western states, and Montana is getting the …

Remnants of a stamp mill briefly used to process ore from the Highland Chief Mine that operated within yards of the Yellowstone Park northern boundary from 1894 to 1908. Fine mine tailings likely eroded soil and washed into Yellowstone National Park via the Yellowstone River. (William Campbell/Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
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In Yellowstone National Park, 30,000 acres are protected from mining by Congressional order, but there is a sliver left unprotected, and a Montana …

About 20% of Americans living in rural areas, or about 6.5 million people, have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. (Adobe Stock)
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A new report underscores the challenges of getting mental health treatment when living in rural areas, like much of Montana. The Bipartisan Policy …

Nevada's Gov. Joe Lombardo became the first governor in the nation to veto a medical aid-in-dying bill. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
This week, Gov. Joe Lombardo vetoed Senate Bill 239, which would have allowed medical aid in dying in Nevada. The bill would have given mentally …

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…

According to the report, there was a 14% increase among Nevada seniors accessing high-speed internet between 2016 and 2021. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Nevada has received an overall score of 43 in the nation for the health and well-being of its seniors in the state. According to the United Health …

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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…

There are about 25,000 pronghorn in Oregon. (tomreichner/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
The federal government is investing $161 million to restore landscapes across the West, including in Oregon. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management …

Wallowa County is a sparsely populated county in northeast Oregon and recently voted in favor of joining Idaho. (Bob/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
A dozen rural Oregon counties have voted to leave the state over the past three years. It's a signal that large parts of the state don't feel like …

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 …

Young women are reporting "feelings of hopelessness and sadness" more often than their male counterparts. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)
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Symptoms of anxiety and depression are up among adolescents and young adults. Health experts warn social media is playing a role in declining mental …

States across the country are working to bring broadband to rural areas. (Pink Badger/Adobe Stock)
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State grants could bring high-speed internet access to nearly 15,000 Washingtonians. The State Broadband Office is awarding $121 million to 19 …

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has called for restoring trophy hunting, and recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for taking too long to remove Endangered Species Act protections for all grizzlies in the state. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Nine conservation groups are calling on wildlife agencies in Wyoming and Idaho to require black bear hunters to take a bear identification course befo…

Before being hunted to the brink of extinction, some 50,000 grizzlies roamed the lower 48 states. Today there are fewer than 2,000. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, June 5, 2023
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Forest Services are headed back to the drawing board after a federal appeals court ruled that the …

More than 60% of rural counties lack a psychiatrist, and almost half do not have a psychologist, compared with 27% and 19% of urban counties, respectively. (Adobe Stock)
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A new report spotlights some of the challenges to accessing behavioral health care for the one in seven Americans who live in rural areas. Kendall …

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