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Archive: January 6, 2016

Diversification of crops will be a big topic at the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference later this month. (UW Extension)

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - When more than 800 growers of fresh produce gather for their annual conference later this month in Wisconsin Dells, a big topic for workshops and discussions will be diversification of crops. So says Anna Maenner, who coordinates the conference, which gets under way Jan. 24 ...Read More

Opposition to federal management of public lands is a longstanding idea in Idaho and underpins support among some in the Gem State for the protesters currently occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. (ostephy/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Some of the ideas behind the standoff in Oregon this week, in which anti-government protesters have seized buildings on a federal wildlife refuge, have been floating around for years in Idaho. More than 60 percent of the Gem State is comprised of federally owned land. A few years ago ...Read More

An executive action would expand mandatory background checks for firearm sales at gun shows. (M and R Glasgow/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans working to end gun violence are commending President Obama for taking steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. The president on Tuesday announced several executive actions on guns in response to a series of mass shootings in recent years. Toby Hoover, founde ...Read More

The 2016 legislative session has begun, and the Indiana Institute for Working Families says more can be done to help low-wage earners in the state. (Massimo Catarinella/Wikimedia Commons)

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana state legislative session has begun, and one group is hoping lawmakers will keep hard-working Hoosiers in mind. The Indiana Institute for Working Families has released its priority list for 2016, and the group's program manager, Jessica Fraser, said the focus needs to be ...Read More

Jan. 4-8 is First Responder Appreciation Week in Florida. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While some high-profile incidents have brought increased public scrutiny to police and other first responders, advocates say it's important to remember these are public servants who train to lay down their lives for their fellow citizens. Gov. Rick Scott has designated this as F ...Read More

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 homeless people live on the streets of New York City. (Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Advocates for the homeless want the state to do better than make statements about taking the homeless off the streets when the weather gets cold. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced an executive order allowing authorities to remove homeless individuals from the streets, by force if nec ...Read More

Giving workers a raise can help businesses too. (Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's drive to make New York the first state in the nation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for state employees is getting support from an unexpected segment of the population: millionaires. Whenever a hike in the minimum wage is proposed, the opposing voices most o ...Read More

Public comment period on plans to cancel almost two dozen oil and gas leases in the heart of the Thompson Divide ends Friday. (John Fielder)

DENVER - The Bureau of Land Management is holding firm on its Friday deadline for public comments on a draft plan to cancel or reshape some 65 oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. Officials from Mesa County asked the BLM for a 45-day extension after previously boycotting public me ...Read More

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