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As Congress and presidential candidates trade accusations over immigration reform, advocates and experts urge caution in spreading misinformation; Alabama takes new action IVF policy following controversial court decision; and central states urge caution with wildfires brewing.

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Congress reaches a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown again. Arizona Republicans want to ensure Trump remains on their state ballot and Senate Democrats reintroduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

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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.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has conducted chronic wasting disease monitoring on hunter-harvested deer and elk as well as road-killed deer since 1999. A measure pending in Congress would allow biologists to track and share information on lethal wildlife diseases more effectively. (Adobe Stock)
$42.5 million would track lethal OK wildlife disease

Wildlife advocates are calling on Congress to pass a bill to help states track diseases killing wildlife across the country. House Resolution 6765 …

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Tony DeSha, executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, said other states have adopted laws to punish firms and companies for their ESG stances. (Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
'Our issue is with politicizing a pension,' says one OK nonprofit

An Oklahoma pensioner has taken the state to court and filed a motion for a temporary injunction over a state law some said targets financial firms fo…

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In Oklahoma, 21% of children lived in poverty in 2021. (Irina K./Adobe Stock)
Report Ranks OK Among Worst in Child Well-Being

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 4…

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