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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Archive: April 24, 2013

PHOTO: UW Law Professor Meg Gaines says the State Assembly is moving too fast on a proposed change regarding medical decisions.

MADISON, Wis. - In Wisconsin, the concept of "informed consent" means a doctor must give the patient the tools necessary to make an informed decision about their care. However, the state Legislature is considering changing that law, to let doctors decide which treatments or diagnoses patients should ...Read More

Picture: Maryland legal aid protects domestic-violence victims from additional financial abuse. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Some victims of domestic violence in Maryland are dealing with a rare but very serious problem: their abusers are also stealing their identities and cashing in. A Maryland man kept his wife locked in a room for most of their 10-year marriage, and that wasn't the only abuse. Accordi ...Read More

PHOTO: For Sarah Atkins of Portland, the Oregon IDA Initiative helped her launch a business, Martine Satchels, making leather handbags to stash their owners' savings. Courtesy of Atkins.

SALEM, Ore. - People from across the state are meeting in Salem this week for an "Asset Builders Conference," talking about ways to improve financial stability for more Oregonians. One tool used by people of modest means to boost their budgeting and saving skills is the Oregon IDA Initiative. It ma ...Read More

PHOTO: Last year at a Citizenship Day event in Wenatchee, volunteers helped Artemio Salas get started with his paperwork. Courtesy OneAmerica.
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MOSES LAKE, Wash. - The road to U.S. citizenship can be long and confusing, even for people who are here legally. This weekend, "Citizenship Day" events in four Washington cities will be staffed with volunteers to help navigate it. One volunteer will be Natasha Burns, who became an American in Janu ...Read More

PHOTO: Dr. Laurence Steinberg will discuss his research into teen risk-taking and brain development at the upcoming annual conference of Teenwise Minnesota. Courtesy of Steinberg.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A person is apt to make more risky decisions as a teenager than at any other time in life, and research shows that's partly because of neurological reasons. In early adolescence, said Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg, the brain systems that process and eva ...Read More

PHOTO: A llama trekking group in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area. Courtesy Wild Earth Llama Adventures.<br />

TAOS COUNTY, N.M. - The future of the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness is the focus of Earth Day-related activity in Washington this week. Three members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have trained their sights on designating the region as a permanent wilderness area. The wild mountain basin in ...Read More

PHOTO: Two federal appeals courts have strengthened the EPA's ability to limit pollution from mountaintop removal mines. Photo by Vivian Stockman, flyover courtesy of

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Citizen groups say two big legal victories confirm what they've asserted for years - that mountaintop removal causes dangerous pollution levels, and the Environmental Protection Agency can and should protect the public. One federal court ruled that the Corps of Engineers has bee ...Read More

PHOTO: Farmers can now apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program. The CSP helps farmers pay for agricultural methods that encourage conservation and environmentally safe farming. Photo credit: Rob South.

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to apply for federal grants to help them conserve farmland - an opportunity many thought they had lost. Funding for the Conservation Stewardship Program was cut in October as part of a temporary spending plan in Congress. The ...Read More

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