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Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.

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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Archive: February 11, 2016

Kentucky lawmakers urged to stop using lottery funds earmarked for need-based college scholarships to plug holes in the state's general fund. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As Kentucky lawmakers begin to put together another two-year budget for the state, higher-education advocates want them to stop what the advocates say is a troubling trend – taking state lottery funds away from need-based scholarships. For years, lawmakers have swept l ...Read More

Supporters say the CARE Act would keep family caregivers better informed and better prepared when loved ones are released from the hospital. (Xenia/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington legislators are considering an idea that just became a state law in Oregon and Nevada. The CARE Act outlines rules for hospitals so when patients are discharged, they have a caregiver on record who can help with the transition. Among older patients, Medicare says one in ...Read More

At least 60 health, business and nonprofit groups are supporting Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - At least 60 businesses, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are now backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's ideas to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. The group is calling itself "It Makes Sense for South Dakota." Supporters say the expansion plans will not increase the state's general bud ...Read More

North Carolina's views are often protected by the efforts of area land trusts who work to secure land and protect it from development. (Doug Kerr/

TRYON, N.C. - On an average morning thousands of North Carolinians wake up to the sight of a dusting of snow on area mountaintops. And while individuals can own much of the land, the state's 25 land conservancies are working to protect the views for everyone to enjoy. They're guided by the princ ...Read More

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a statewide database of residents who take out payday loans. (Krosseel/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Neon signs and billboards advertising payday loans are scattered across Tennessee, and legislation (HB 1954) introduced in the state House seeks to ensure existing state laws about the practice are enforced. Current law prohibits Tennessee consumers from taking out more than tw ...Read More

President Obama's budget proposals fully fund drought-fighting measures that are supported by conservation groups. (NOAA)

LOS ANGELES - California conservation groups are cheering President Obama's new budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 because it fully funds important anti-drought measures. For example, the budget would put $2 million toward better instruments to measure the water flowing through the Klamath Basin ...Read More

Religious leaders are once again asking for caps on payday loans in Minnesota. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS – The push to rein in payday lending continues in Minnesota. A reform group – Minnesotans for Fair Lending – hosts what it calls a free educational event today in Minneapolis to help people avoid falling into the debt trap. Brian Rusche, executive director of the Jo ...Read More

Longwall coal mines can cause significant surface damage. (Helen Simonsson/Flickr)

WASHINGTON, Pa. - Environmental groups say Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) isn't up to the job of preventing and restoring damage from underground coal mining. The DEP's response to a University of Pittsburgh report that found gaps and errors in the agency's data was the ...Read More

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