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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: August 5, 2013

PHOTO: All sorts of people from many walks of life are collaborating to restore West Virginia's spruce forests. Photo courtesy of the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI).

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Government agencies, nonprofits, businesses and individuals are all working to bring back West Virginia's "magnificent" spruce forests. Evan Burks coordinates the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative for the Monongahela National Forest. Burks said the spruce forests ...Read More

This is damage from the Asian long-horned beetle, which bores holes and tunnels into hardwood, eventually killing the tree. (Photo courtesy USDA)

MADISON, Wis. - It's a black beetle about 1.5 inches long with white spots and long antennae, and it bores holes into hardwood trees to lay its eggs. It's called the Asian long-horned beetle and it is a very dangerous bug, according to Rhonda Santos, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "The Asia ...Read More

PHOTO: The products and items that households we use every day have a mysterious side when it comes to exactly what chemicals are in them. Montana Sen. Baucus sits on a Senate committee pondering what to do about regulation and testing. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Many of the products used in households every day have a mysterious side when it comes to exactly what chemicals are in them. Montana Senator Max Baucus sits on a Senate committee pondering what to do about making sure those chemicals aren't harmful and weeding out the ones that are ...Read More

Photo: Advocates celebrate Medicare Anniversary at NH Congressional Delegation offices. Credit: Natasha Perez

CONCORD, N.H. - July 30 marked 48 years since Medicare got its start, and Granite State advocates say the Affordable Care Act is extending the program's reach and saving local people thousands of dollars. While Obamacare has been a political hot potato in New Hampshire, according to the interim exec ...Read More

PHOTO: This year's March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare raised a combined 12-million dollars and pounds of food. CREDIT: Billy Brown

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The largest annual food drive in Minnesota continues to pay dividends for nearly 300 pantries across the state and for the families that they serve. Most of the food and monetary donations were made directly to local food shelves. Another $775,000 went directly to Minnesota FoodSha ...Read More

PHOTO: Four fishermen groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse its decision to end the

SAN DIEGO - A lawsuit is being filed over the decision to end the "no otter zone" in Southern California. Some fishing industry groups say allowing sea otters to come back will "ravage" valuable fisheries for sea urchins, lobsters and other species preyed on by the animals. However, environmental gr ...Read More

Photo: More than half a million Coloradans receive SNAP benefits. Courtesy: Hunger Free Colorado

DENVER - The struggle to put food on the table for more than half a million Coloradans will get that much harder starting in November. People receiving SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps, will see an average $29-a-month reduction because of the expiration of the American Recovery and ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The candidates will appear separately at a forum on mental health tonight.

RICHMOND, Va. - Thanks to a boost from the General Assembly this year, mental health programs are expanding for kids in Virginia. Now the question is, will the next governor continue that progress? More than two dozen advocacy groups are hosting a candidates' forum on mental health issues in Richmon ...Read More

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