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    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

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PHOTO: Women's health organizations are mobilizing after the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a new Texas law that would leave the state with fewer than 10 clinics providing abortion services. Photo credit: Night Owl/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Women's health advocates in Texas are breathing a collective sigh of relief, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to delay a new law that would have closed all but nine of the clinics in Texas that perform abortion services. House Bill 2, passed in 2013, forces clini ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakota has a new website and phone hotline (1-855-462-5465) for people to anonymously report suspected cases of abuse, exploitation and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults. Photo credit: Xavi Talleda/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the population of North Dakota growing older, the state is taking more action to help better protect the also-growing number of elderly and vulnerable adults subject to possible abuse, neglect and exploitation. The North Dakota Department of Human Services today launches a ne ...Read More

PHOTO: A new law in Washington state will require nursing homes to have enough staff on duty to give each resident 3.2 hours of direct care daily, starting in July 2016. Photo courtesy University of South Florida.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed what is known as "safe staffing" legislation for nursing homes. The bill was proposed after persistent concerns that at too many facilities, too few caregivers are on hand to meet the needs of residents, and that both groups' safety is at risk as a result ...Read More

PHOTO: On the roadways, the National Safety Council is expecting this Fourth of July weekend to be one of the deadliest holiday periods on record. Photo credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Fourth of July is almost upon us and as some Illinoisans pack their cars for holiday travel safety experts are reminding folks to be extra cautious on the roads. The National Safety Council is estimating 409 people will lose their lives, and more than 49,000 will be injure ...Read More

PHOTO: The movement for equal rights is gathering at the State Capitol today after Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality. Activists say lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people remain under threat of discrimination in Texas. Photo credit: Neon Tommy, Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and supporters are gathering at the State Capitol today to discuss the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling. They'll also address what's next in the movement for equal rights in Texas and beyond. Kathy Miller, ...Read More

PHOTO: MAPE member and mother of four Kirsten Partenheimer is urging Minnesota to provide six weeks of paid parental leave for state employees for both biological and adopted children. Photo credit: Kirsten Partenheimer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As contract negotiations continue for thousands of state workers, one priority for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) is to have their next deal include paid parental leave. The number of cities and private businesses in Minnesota that now offer paid ...Read More

PHOTO: Access to abortion services could become more difficult for some Ohio women, after a last-minute provision was added to the Senate's version of the state budget. Photo credit: Paodo Ruvel/Morgufile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lawmakers are hammering out the details of the final state budget this week, and some reproductive-health groups are concerned about an amendment restricting abortion access. A measure added last week involves variances, which are transfer agreements between doctors instead o ...Read More

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