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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: May 18, 2015

One in four adults with health insurance can't afford to use it due to the fees associated with the plans, according to a new report. Credit: iamnotpablo/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, more Missourians than ever have health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But a new report finds many are still passing up routine medical care because they say they can't afford to use their plans. Ron Pollack is executive director of Families US ...Read More

PHOTO: Memorial Day weekend is the start of high-alert season for wildland firefighters, who expect to put in some long hours in Oregon's tinder-dry backcountry this year. Photo credit: Tom Iraci/U.S. Forest Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The wildfire season unofficially starts this week, as more people head for Oregon's scenic places for the summer's first holiday weekend. In a state with almost 33 million acres of federal land, the agencies that manage it have some advice for hikers and campers. While man ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit alleges the latest federal safety standards proposed for oil tank cars are too weak to adequately protect public safety, especially in light of the large amount of crude oil now traveling by rail. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch.

NEW YORK - Environmental groups are taking the Obama administration to court over what they call "weak" safety rules for oil shipped by rail. It's a timely issue given last week's fatal Amtrak derailment. Sean Dixon, an attorney with Hudson Riverkeeper, says the rules issued this month don't cont ...Read More

PHOTO: As Texas legislators consider a series of proposals that would change how young people fit into the justice system, a new report suggests the state should capitalize on recent progress made in juvenile justice reform. Photo credit: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has unfinished business in juvenile justice reform, according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The report was released as lawmakers consider bills that would expand independent oversight of juvenile facilities (HB 3277), increase support for local p ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says California is a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to increased reliance on wind power and other forms of renewable energy. Photo credit: pedrojperez/

SACRAMENTO - California leads the world in cutting greenhouse gases at a rate second only to France. That's according to a study, the "California Green Innovation Index," released today by Next 10, a nonprofit focused on climate change and the clean tech economy. The report says for the first time ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t ...Read More

Photo: Health care, policy and environmental advocates are gathering in Nashville to discuss the impact of climate change on health, environment and other factors. Photo credit: demondimum/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today policymakers, scholars and medical practitioners are convening in Nashville to discuss the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which is expected to be announced sometime this summer. While the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy are often discussed, Dr. Don A ...Read More

PHOTO: A free app is available for iOS and Android users that can help Michiganders identify the warning signs of a stroke, and get to the closest treatment center. Image courtesy of American Heart Association.

DETROIT - A stroke is a medical emergency that can happen to anyone and can be fatal or leave a person physically or mentally impaired. That's why it's critical to know the warning signs and to act FAST. Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, vascular and interventional neurology with the Wayne State Physician Group, ...Read More

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