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SCOTUS rules for Trump on ballot issue; CA high school students earn Google Career Certificates in high-demand fields; NY faith leaders help people address ecological grief; and a group offers abortion travel benefits for Mississippi women.

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The SCOTUS rules no state can remove a federal candidate from an election ballot saying that power rests with Congress, Super Tuesday primaries are today in sixteen states and a Colorado Court rules in the killing of Elijah McClain in police custody.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.


The nonnative quagga mussel has been found in the Snake River. (Cavan/Adobe Stock)
Invasive Species Week sheds light on ID landscape impact

It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and plants and critters not native to the Northwest are wreaking havoc on some landscapes, including …

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Nearly 16% of Idaho youth surveyed said they have experienced physical dating violence. (Waseem Ali Khan/Adobe Stock)
Promoting 'welcoming communities' key to preventing teen dating violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and young people often find it hard to navigate experiences of harm…

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Bayer Corp. recently agreed to create a $15 billion fund for consumers who contracted cancer and other diseases caused by its weed killer Roundup. (Adobe Stock)
ID coalition helps defeat bill to grant lawsuit immunity to pesticides industry

A coalition of advocacy groups has helped defeat a bill in the Idaho Legislature which would have given the pesticide industry blanket immunity from l…

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The AARP Community Challenge program has funded projects like community gardens. (Maria Sbytova/Adobe Stock)
AARP Community Challenge open to ID project ideas

A program to fund ideas for improving communities is now open to applications. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is accepting applications …

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Many people do not realize heart disease is the top cause of death for women. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)
Focus on women's health during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on potential cardiovascular risks. Health experts said women, especially, should consider their …

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Idaho lawmakers are considering legislation that bans AI manipulation from electioneering. (Nathan/Adobe Stock)
AI could erode trust ahead of 2024 election

The rise of artificial intelligence is raising alarm bells for election officials in Idaho and across the country. Before the New Hampshire primary …

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Researcher Luke Montrose installed air quality monitors into four nursing homes in Idaho in 2020. (Patrick Sweeney/Boise State University)
Indoor air quality in long-term care facilities suffers during wildfires

By Kylie Mohr for KFF Health News.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Northern Rockies News Service reporting for the KFF Health News-Public News …

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Taxes are due on April 15, unless the filer requests an extension. (Pcess609/Adobe Stock)
Tax filing fears? Free assistance available in ID

People feeling stressed out about tax season have an option for free assistance in Idaho. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is setting up sites …

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Counselors can help parents with strategies to address bullying. (Arlette/Adobe Stock)
Addressing bullying difficult in ID's Spanish-speaking communities

Bullying can be a difficult issue to address - especially for Spanish speaking communities in Idaho, which have fewer counseling resources available…

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Victims of sexual extortion schemes are advised to report it the FBI or local law enforcement immediately. (Cavan/Adobe Stock)
Teen boys increasingly targeted in 'sextortion' crimes, FBI warns

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI says financially motivated sextortion - often targeting teen boys - went up 20% from …

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More than 41% of Idaho adults had earned an associate degree or higher in 2020. (ake1150/Adobe Stock)
Report: More college degrees mean more earnings for workers

Attainment of college degrees has gone up across the nation - and that's good news for workers, according to a new report. An analysis from the …

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An Idaho law blocking gender-affirming care for youth went into effect this month. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)
Roundtable highlights push to protect trans rights in ID

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence is taking part in a meeting with a U.S. health official this week to discuss ways to make …

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