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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

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 25, 2016

There is a growing trend in Wisconsin toward more women as sole proprietors or primary operators of livestock farms. (Jessica Arp)

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The role of women on the farm is a huge part of the history of agriculture in Wisconsin, and a June 3 workshop on a woman-owned farm in Blanchardville will feature several women who run their own operations. Robert Bauer, a grazing broker for the Southwest Badger Resource Conser ...Read More

An analysis from Salem found an initiative heading to the November ballot to tax large corporations would add $3 billion to Oregon's budget. (Shaundd/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - A proposal heading to the November ballot would raise taxes on the largest corporations in Oregon in order to fund education, health care and senior services in the state. That proposal, Initiative Petition 28, would add $3 billion a year to the state's budget, according to an analysi ...Read More

Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a moratorium on fracking in federal waters off of California. (Center for Biological Diversity)

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a statewide moratorium on fracking for oil and gas in federal waters off of the California coast. The group picketed in front of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's offices in Camarillo because the federal officials are expected to release ...Read More

A panel of experts on solar energy discussed a new report on net metering at UNLV on Tuesday. (Jackie Zusi-Russell)

LAS VEGAS - Nevada utility customers already are reaping $7 million to $14 million a year from rooftop solar, whether they have panels or not, according to a report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy provider Solar City. The research is intended to fill in gaps lef ...Read More

Senate Bill 203, passed in the recent legislative session, will require stronger oversight over tax expenditures. (Pixabay)

DENVER - A new law requiring stronger oversight over tax expenditures is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. Colorado has close to 200 tax credits, deductions and exemptions that account for more than $4.6 billion in spending annually. Ali Mickelson, director of tax and legislative policy for ...Read More

The economic value of family caregivers in Iowa approaches $4 billion. The CARE Act would provide education and support for caregivers when a family member is hospitalized. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - About 317,000 Iowans are family caregivers looking after loved ones at home who can't care for themselves. According to AARP, the trend continues to grow as the lengths of stays in hospitals continue to decrease. Elaine Ryan, AARP vice president for state advocacy and strategy in ...Read More

Opt-out alternatives to state regulated workers' compensation plans have little or no legal oversight, according to a new study. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating a new method for employers to opt out of state-regulated workers' compensation plans. Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom is one of the proponents of the opt-out system in which employers provide their own compensation to workers hurt on the job. ...Read More

Homeowners are concerned about the environmental and health effects of fracking. (Daniel Foster/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH -- The future of a lawsuit seeking damages from opponents of gas drilling near their homes and schools is in the hands of a judge. The lawsuit, filed by gas leaseholders and a developer, seeks more than $500,000 from homeowners and environmentalists who are challenging a zoning ordinance ...Read More

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