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The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 

Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Archive: October 1, 2015

The EPA is updating standards to protect the nation's farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. Credit: Enviromantic/iStockphoto.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The EPA is updating standards to increase safety and protect the health of America's estimated two million farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. The new rules mean children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to handle pesticides, and workers will get safety trai ...Read More

Negotiations on public employee pension reform remain stalled.  Credit: Ad Meskens/

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf this summer vetoed a bill that would have radically altered the public employees' pension fund, but Republican state senators say they're still committed to the bill. Negotiations on a compromise remain stalled. Economist Stephen Herzenberg, who heads the Ke ...Read More

The average starting salary for teachers in Illinois is about $39,000 per year. Credit: Cynthia357/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Teachers around Illinois are instrumental in the development of children, and a new analysis finds the Prairie State is among the most financially rewarding places for teachers to work. The personal finance website WalletHub ranks Illinois 11th nationally on its list of Th ...Read More

Public watchdogs say Springfield's four-month budget impasse needs new solutions. Credit: nikopoley/Wikimedia

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A stopgap federal budget won't take Illinois' state agencies out of limbo anytime soon. Today kicks off the fourth month of a budget impasse in Springfield. Jasmine Tucker, a senior researcher with the National Priorities Project, says about a third of every state's ser ...Read More

The environmental group Speak Up Wekiva is going to court today to stop Florida's first bear hunt in 21 years. Credit: John Staton/iStockphoto.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Wildlife advocates are going before Florida's 2nd Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee today to ask Judge George Reynolds to halt Florida's first bear hunt in 21 years. The organization Speak Up Wekiva, named for the Wekiva River and nearby Wekiva Springs in Seminole County, sa ...Read More

The state of Arizona says the fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are safe to eat, removing a decades-old consumption advisory. Credit: Apollob66/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – For the first time in decades, fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are now safe to eat. That's according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which lifted a fish consumption advisory that had been in place for 24 years, mainly because farmers phased out toxic p ...Read More

The Idaho Association of Counties voted Wednesday to urge the Legislature to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income families. Credit: Kristine Kisky/Morguefile.

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho counties spend millions every year on emergency health care for those who can't afford insurance, so county governments have a stake in getting more residents covered under a health insurance plan. On Wednesday the Idaho Association of Counties endorsed the Healthy Idaho ...Read More

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