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Trump case expected to head to the jury today; IN food banks concerned about draft Farm Bill; NH parents, educators urge veto of anti-LGBTQ+ bills; Study shows a precipitous drop in US, global migratory fish populations.

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Actor Robert DeNiro joins Capitol Police officers to protest Donald Trump at his New York hush money trial, while both sides make closing arguments. And the Democratic party moves to make sure President Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

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In 2023, over 40 million Americans received SNAP benefits each month. According to Feeding America, as many as 21 million more experience food insecurity but may not be eligible for SNAP benefits. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Despite higher food insecurity, House Farm Bill would cut SNAP benefits

Food insecurity is up in Nebraska and most parts of the country, according to the nonprofit Feeding America but the U.S. House Agriculture …

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Young people who experience five or more blistering sunburns increase their risk of developing melanoma by 80%. (javiindy/Adobe Stock)
Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Many in NE at risk for melanoma, other types

As outdoor activities ramp up, May is a good time to think about observing good skin-care practices. More skin cancers are diagnosed than all …

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Roughly 900,000 households are expected to benefit from lower-cost, lower greenhouse-gas emitting solar energy once the EPA's Solar for All program has been fully implemented. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)
NE Center for Rural Affairs' $62 million EPA grant will expand solar access

By Claire Carlson for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Deborah Van Fleet for Nebraska News Connection reporting for The Daily Yonder-Public News …

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Ho-Chunk, Inc., Apprenticeship Program participant Marquez Bass (right) works with Information Technology Technician Blade Smith to run network cable at one of the company's buildings in Winnebago, Nebraska. (Ho-Chunk, Inc.)
NE Winnebago Tribe apprenticeships prepare students, build workforce

Workforce watchers project the country could face critical worker shortages in many of the skilled trades in coming years. The Nebraska Winnebago …

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Each week during the school year, more than 8,300 children receive a backpack of meals for the weekend through Food Bank for the Heartland's BackPack Program. (Photo courtesy of Food Bank for the Heartland)
Largest NE food bank challenged by rising food insecurity, costs

A new report shows food insecurity in Nebraska increased in 2022 over the year before. Feeding America's latest "Map the Meal Gap" survey showed the …

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Healthcare organizations in Nebraska and elsewhere are struggling to fill nursing positions, which can have significant consequences for patient care. (Adobe Stock)
National Nurses Week: Providers in NE say nurses in short supply

It's National Nurses Week, and educators and healthcare officials say there just aren't enough of them to go around. A combination of retiring baby …

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A Washington Post study found the number one issue cited by callers to LGBTQ+ help lines in 2023 was
NE LGBTQ+ community, advocates see wins at state, federal levels

Members of Nebraska's LGBTQ+ community and their supporters saw positive actions at both the state and federal level this month. At the state level…

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Jane Kleeb is director and founder of Bold Alliance, an umbrella organization of Bold Nebraska, which was instrumental in stopping the Keystone Pipeline. Kleeb is also one of two 2023 Climate Breakthrough Awardees. (Bold Alliance)
Landmark NE agreement takes proactive approach to CO2 pipeline risks

CO2 pipelines are on the increase in the United States, and like all pipelines, they come with risks. Preparing for those risks is a major focus of …

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According to The Sentencing Project, 4.6 million Americans cannot vote because of a felony conviction.  (Anna Kosolapova/Adobe Stock)
NE advocates foresee new voting-restoration law helping individuals, state

April is Second Chance Month and many Nebraskans are celebrating passage of a bipartisan voting rights restoration bill and its focus on second chance…

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Each year since 2018, there have been more than 1 million online ads for guns which could be sold without a background check. (Adobe Stock)
NE group predicts support for changes to gun dealer rules, background checks

Well over three-fourths of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases, but federal law allows unlicensed people to sell guns at …

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Approximately one child in 36 in the United States has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, with one in six children having at least one developmental or intellectual disorder. (Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)
NE rolls out new disability support for 850 families

As the country observes Autism Acceptance Month, Nebraska families raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder are among those learning they will …

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Family caregivers provide an estimated $600 billion of unpaid care every year. (Mediteraneo/Adobe Stock)
NE family caregivers, advocates hope for passage of Caregiver Tax Credit Act

As Nebraska's 2024 legislative session draws to a close, family caregivers and their supporters are closely watching the progress of Legislative Bill …

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