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The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.

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It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: February 29, 2016

A leader in the conservative movement against the death penalty says support for abolishing the law is gaining momentum in Kentucky, and cost is a big reason. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As Kentucky lawmakers begin putting together a new state budget – with massive cuts proposed by the governor – people opposed to the death penalty say their stance makes fiscal sense. Last October, self-described political and social conservatives in northern Ken ...Read More

With a state budget surplus, some Minnesota parents want funding restored to the Child Care Assistance Program. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Now that the state budget forecast is official, Minnesota lawmakers are looking at how to best use the $900 million surplus. With the rising cost of child care in the state, some Minnesotans are asking lawmakers to restore funding to the Child Care Assistance Program, or CC ...Read More

Opponents say HR 2666 in Congress would ban the FCC from investigating customer complaints over Internet service. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Congress is considering a bill that an Illinois consumer watchdog group says could prevent legitimate complaints about Internet access from being investigated. Supporters of the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois sa ...Read More

Which candidate will win a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court? A UW-Madison political scientist says this could be the hottest statewide race on the April ballot. (WI Court System)

MADISON, Wis. – Just two percentage points separated incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley and Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg in the Feb. 17 primary race for a state Supreme Court seat, and that contest could be the hottest statewide race on the ballot again in April. A conservative group call ...Read More

Nearsightedness increased by 66 percent in the U.S. between the 1970s and 2000s, according to a JAMA Ophthalmology study.(Jessica McCahan/U.S. Navy)

SEATTLE – Mom might have been right when she told you sitting too close to the TV screen would hurt your eyes. A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology says half the world's population could be nearsighted by 2050 – up from a quarter of the population in 2000. ...Read More

The NEW Reentry Council is one of five pilot programs in North Carolina that are working to reintegrate former inmates into their communities through employment and support services. (Kathryn Decker/

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Reducing the number of people who reoffend after being released from prison and increasing public safety are goals of a pilot program in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties – just east of Raleigh. The NEW Reentry Council is funded by the North Carolina Department of ...Read More

A bill pending before Granite State lawmakers would allow inmates to vote from behind bars. (SayCheeeese)

CONCORD, N.H. – A bill that would let convicted felons vote by absentee ballot while they are incarcerated is headed to the full House to be debated by Granite State lawmakers. Wendy Underhill, program director-elections redistricting with the National Conference of State Legislators, says t ...Read More

Hearings should begin in a couple of weeks on proposed legislation that backers say should boost solar projects in Maine by 10 percent over the next five years. (Ceinturion)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine is expected to get a lot more bang for the buck under a new plan to expand solar projects across the state. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, who represents Freeport, says hearings should begin in a couple of weeks on new legislation to jump start solar in M ...Read More

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