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An internal IRS memo is reported to contradict the administration’s stand on refusing to supply Trump’s tax returns. Also, on our Wednesday rundown: Missouri’s governor prepares to sign a restrictive abortion bill. And guess which state is agitating for an end to annoying robocalls?

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Archive: December 17, 2018

Washington STEM and its partners want to triple the number of under-represented students in STEM fields by 2030. (Washington STEM)

SEATTLE – How will Washington state diversify its workforce as technology radically changes the jobs landscape? One answer is investment in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education for underserved students. By 2030, two-thirds of family-sustaining job openings in the E ...Read More

In Ohio, 67 percent of residents who receive food assistance live in families with children. (Jaro Larnos/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There was a sigh of relief from anti-poverty groups in Ohio when the U.S. Congress protected the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the 2018 Farm Bill. However, they're holding their breath once again. After more than a year of hard-fought negotiations and ...Read More

The VA has allowed research on animals in order, it says, to improve the health of humans and animals. (skeeze/Pixabay)<br />

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Research on dogs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is officially under review to determine whether the dogs are being treated humanely and if the program is necessary. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is conducting the review after the a ...Read More

The RECLAIM Act would commit $1 billion to mine reclamation efforts. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Congress has a chance to provide support to workers and communities in Kentucky suffering the impacts of the coal mining industry. The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund helps coal miners with black lung disease and their families cover medical costs. A tax on coal mining, w ...Read More

Many of the state's 5 million uninsured residents end up seeking care in hospital emergency rooms, where costs are much higher. (U.S.  Army)

HOUSTON – Unless Texas lawmakers make significant changes to health policies, the number of Texans without health insurance is projected to rise, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Foundation spokesman Brian Sasser says the report paints a clearer picture ...Read More

Ten states, including Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, have legalized recreational marijuana. (vjkombajn/pixabay)

NEW YORK – Drug policy reform advocates are confident that in 2019 New York will join the rush of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The Empire State was slow in allowing extremely limited use of medical marijuana. But some advocates say what may have seemed inconceivable just ...Read More

The average SNAP benefit now equals $1.36 per meal. (photo: USDA)

NEW YORK – The Farm Bill passed by Congress last week did not include major cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but food security advocates say the bill falls short of meeting nutritional needs. The House version of the Farm Bill had included new work requirements f ...Read More

Pets can suffer from frostbite, exposure and dehydration if left outside in cold weather. (mtajmr/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Animal rights advocates are reminding pet owners that cold weather can be fatal to dogs and cats that remain outside. Many people keep their pets in backyard enclosures or tied to dog houses, even during the winter. But like humans, pets can suffer from deadly frostbite a ...Read More

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