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Archive: August 23, 2018

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to examine a project's potential environmental consequences, including public hearings and comment periods. That could change under the Trump administration. (climateprotection.org)

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RAPID CITY, S.D. – Environmental groups worry the next target of the Trump administration is the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA is the process used by federal agencies to assess the environmental, public health and community impacts of major projects. In South Dakota, a judge rece ...Read More

Michigan voters approved the School Aid Fund in 1994 to support K-12 education. (Pixabay)

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LANSING, Mich. – Michigan children will be missing out on almost $1 billion in funding this school year, and a new report blames what it calls "state budgeting gimmicks." Voters approved the School Aid Fund more than two decades ago to support K-through-12 education. But research from the ...Read More

The Thomason family of Charlotte added home solar panels earlier this summer and already reports a decrease in its electric bill. (Courtesy of Bob Thomason)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina electric bills are on the rise after the state Utilities Commission approved a rate increase this summer of about $1 a month for the average bill. With another scheduled increase in four years, solar companies are working with homeowners who've decided to com ...Read More

Idaho has received $279 million from the LWCF over the past 50 years to protect places like the South Fork of the Snake River. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Idaho's congressional delegation and other supporters of a federal conservation program gather at the South Fork of the Snake River Thursday to stress the need to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it expires. Rep. Mike Simpson and staff for Sens. Jim Risch ...Read More

Medicaid covers 70 percent of nursing home residents in Connecticut. (agilemktg1/pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Medicaid plays an important role in Connecticut's economy, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The policy brief points out that HUSKY, Connecticut's Medicaid program, provides health insurance to 1 in 5 state residents, ...Read More

If the United States were to achieve economic gender parity, research shows it could add $1.75 trillion to its gross domestic product. (US Air Force)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Sunday marks Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. And according to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub, equality between the sexes is still pretty far off. While women ...Read More

While efforts to reinstate net neutrality have stalled in Congress, lawmakers in Oregon, Washington and now California are stepping up. (Camilo Sanchez)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to restore net neutrality in California now goes to the full State Assembly after it passed a key committee on Wednesday unscathed. In June, the Communications and Conveyance Committee sparked an uproar when it eliminated some key protections, forcing lawmakers to ...Read More

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