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GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


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Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Archive: October 11, 2019

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., gave the keynote speech at Montana Conservation Voters' 20th anniversary celebration. (Montana Conservation Voters)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. – A "who's who" of Montana conservationists gathered in Livingston on Thursday to celebrate Montana Conservation Voters' 20th birthday. The group rang in two decades of work educating voters about environmental issues. Its executive director, Aaron Murphy, said the list of c ...Read More

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five Kentucky adults reports being told by a health provider that he or she has a form of depression. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – More Americans are using online screening tests to gauge whether depression is playing a role in their health, and mental health experts say that's a good thing. Just as people might screen for diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, a depression screening provides a ...Read More

Roughly 300,000 people come into contact with North Carolina's justice system each year, according to the Carolina Justice Policy Center. (Adobe Stock)

WILSON, N.C. – Police officers in Wilson County are taking steps to reduce the region's high incarceration rate by issuing citations to people for nonviolent misdemeanors, rather than arresting them. Criminal-justice reform advocates have said this approach circumvents the cash-bail system an ...Read More

Pork processing is big business in Minnesota, which ranks second in the United States for the number of pigs raised in the state, according to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. (Matthias Zomer/Stocksnap)

MINNEAPOLIS – Several labor unions filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis this week over controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture rule changes for regulating pork processing plants. The plaintiffs say a key concern is a provision that removes maximum line speeds when bringing hogs to slau ...Read More

In 2018, the average weekly unemployment benefit paid to Iowa workers was $385.19. (useche70/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Trump administration has approved a new regulation allowing states to include drug testing as a condition for anyone receiving unemployment benefits. Generally, workers can collect unemployment if they've lost their jobs by no fault of their own and meet other eligibili ...Read More

Jim Wznick is president of the North Dakota Cooperative Managers' Association. There are about 500 co-ops in the state. (Courtesy of Wznick)

STANLEY, N.D. – October is National Co-op Month, highlighting the important role of cooperatives, especially in rural communities. Co-ops are unique because they're owned and run jointly by their members. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Dakota has the third-highest numb ...Read More

The Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls, are a major feature of the 338-mile Little Colorado River in northern Arizona. (EasyArts/Adobe Stock)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Conservation groups say a proposal to build dams along Arizona's Little Colorado River could trigger an environmental disaster. A Phoenix-based company has filed for a permit to construct two dams that would generate power through a process known as pumped hydro storage. It ...Read More

A study of untested rape kits in Ohio found more than half were connected to serial offenders. (AungMyo/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut has enacted reforms that significantly have reduced the state's backlog of untested rape kits and will ensure the prompt processing of kits going forward. Connecticut is one of three states being recognized this month for adopting six reforms recommended for endi ...Read More

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