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IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Archive: December 18, 2017

Conservation efforts in Idaho helped recover wolverine populations. (Susanne Nilsson/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho – What if states had the resources to prevent animals from ending up on the Endangered Species list? A bill introduced in Congress aims to do just that. Known as the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, it would fund states' wildlife management efforts before species are in dire n ...Read More

As North Carolina's death row inmates age, the justice system faces problems of caring for the population while continuing to fund the inmates' legal bills. (Matthias Mueller/flickr)

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's death row is aging with almost half of inmates facing a death sentence now 50 years or older. On top of that, 75 percent of them were sentenced more than 15 years ago. Gretchen Engel, executive director of The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, says the o ...Read More

Wisconsin's adult prison system is so far over capacity that cells are now being double and triple-filled. A state legislator says this is causing huge problems and is suggesting big changes. (Wikimedia Commons)

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MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin sends more people to prison than any neighboring state and twice as many as Minnesota. The cost of keeping one person in prison in Wisconsin for one year, according to the state Department of Corrections, is close to $30,000. Wisconsin's adult prison system is designe ...Read More

Fear, shame, dependence and concerns about not being believed are some of the many reasons sexual assault survivors don't seek help. (Andy_Graf/Pixabay)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Advocates for women say the wave of high profile sexual abuse allegations is helping survivors in Ohio find their voices. But who can they trust? In a survey of Cuyahoga County residents, most respondents said if they needed assistance after a sexual assault, they would turn to a ...Read More

The final tax bill keeps a provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say the final tax bill agreed to last week by the House and Senate Reconciliation Committee will be a disaster for the environment. There is some good news, as tax incentives for electric cars and wind power that had been eliminated in the House bill, are ba ...Read More

Permanent connections with caring adults are important for adolescent development. (Sammie/Pixabay)

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PHILADELPHIA — The child welfare system needs to do more to meet the developmental needs of adolescents, according to a recent study. A report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative said scientific findings show brain development continues past the age of 20. It also said young pe ...Read More

Families who rely on school meal programs lean on food pantries when kids are out of school for the holidays. (Getty Images)

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DENVER – When school lets out for the winter holidays, children get a break from homework, but for families struggling to pay bills and put food on the table, it's no vacation. Ellie Agar, communications manager with Hunger Free Colorado, says nearly 1 in 6 Colorado children may not know whe ...Read More

Legislators and the leadership of the Parks Division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently have suggested the sale of some of Missouri's newest state parks. (Jennifer Conner)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In order to appreciate it, you've got to get out and experience it. At least, that's what outdoor enthusiasts are encouraging people to do over the holidays in hopes of saving three state parks from possible sale. The state's acquisition of Bryant Creek in Douglas Cou ...Read More

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