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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, 2015

Pro-choice groups in Kentucky rally behind Planned Parenthood as the nonprofit organization faces the threat of losing its federal funding. Credit: istock.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senate Republicans, including Kentucky's Rand Paul, did not have the votes this week to defund Planned Parenthood. The failed effort to block $500 million in federal support for the reproductive health organization comes as Planned Parenthood faces a backlash from an anti-abortion ...Read More

Lack of infrastructure investment costing drivers hundreds in additional maintenance. Courtesy: Utah Department of Transportation

SALT LAKE CITY - Failing roads across the Wasatch Front can cost each driver up to $640 in extra vehicle repair and maintenance expense each year, according to a report from TRIP, a transportation research group. Abby Albrecht, executive director of the Utah Transportation Coalition, said the repor ...Read More

On Tuesday Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he would use his executive power to establish a citizen's advisory committee to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Credit: yadamons.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some power is returning to the people, with Gov. Mark Dayton issuing an executive order to keep intact a Citizens' Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The Citizens' Board had been operating for nearly 50 years and could override MPCA staff recommendations on the need ...Read More

A new survey of Internet users shows the convenience of public wireless networks may come at a high cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about Wi-Fi safety, while tens of thousands admit to online activities that could put their personal information at risk. Credit: Joel Runyon/WikiMedia Commons.
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Californians often are putting convenience ahead of safety when they use free public wireless networks, according to a new AARP report that found that a quarter of adult Internet users access public Wi-Fi at least once a week and are vulnerable to cyber attacks. "Recently, AARP conducted a survey o ...Read More

Three farmers markets in Baltimore have partnered with the Summer Food Service Program to dish up healthy food and nutrition education for children. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BALTIMORE - Fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs - and kids - are the stars of the party for National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 2-8) in Maryland. At an event today, at the Govanstowne Farmers Market, a new partnership is being celebrated where farmers markets are also Summer Food Service Program sites. ...Read More

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan will result in a huge reduction in carbon emissions from power plants and, according to the group Clean Wisconsin. Credit: Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - The just-finalized Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agency places the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution emissions from existing power plants, which the agency says will curb climate-change pollution and protect public health. Keith Reopelle, senior po ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal appeals court has upheld the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, just as the EPA announced its Clean Power Plan. Gov. McCrory says he'll fight the latter. Photo credit: wallyir/

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is making headlines this week, but clean-energy advocates say it isn't the only news event related to a greener way of producing power. A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which reduces ...Read More

Some fear Planned Parenthood services could be in jeopardy in the organization's current political battle. Credit: Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The fate of federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and across the nation still is up in the air, and that has some women concerned about access to the health-care services they rely on. In Bloomington, Lyndsey Schmid, 33, had been going to Planned Parenthood r ...Read More

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