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Archive: October 4, 2019

Possession of even a small amount of marijuana in South Dakota carries a potential penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. (National Conference of State Legislatures)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A group that advocates legalizing medical marijuana in South Dakota has until October 31 to collect enough signatures for the measure to appear on the 2020 ballot. Melissa Mentele is leading the effort as director of the group New Approach South Dakota, and says the state ...Read More

The goal of the Mayor's Walking Challenge is to encourage kids to be physically active. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho – Mayors across Idaho are challenging each other to walk this month to encourage physical activity among young people. The sixth annual Mayor's Walking Challenge from the Blue Cross for Idaho Foundation for Health has signed up 77 mayors in all but five Idaho counties. A mayor w ...Read More

In 2018, extreme weather in Pennsylvania caused $144 million in property damage, and $125 million in damage to state-maintained roads and bridges. (Rico Löb/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is taking a major step forward in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Tom Wolf has set the wheels in motion for the Keystone State to join nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). At a morning news conference on Thur ...Read More

Supervised consumption sites provide access to addiction services to help reduce drug use and overdose deaths. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court ruling in favor of a Philadelphia "safe consumption" site is being hailed as a major victory in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic. The district court ruled Wednesday that Safehouse, a proposed site in Philadelphia where drugs could be used under ...Read More

Between 30% and 40% of foster children have individual education plans and need an adult's consent to receive special services at school. (Jmiltenburg/Morguefile)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Legal aid groups are searching for a special group of volunteers to advocate for foster kids within the school system. When Assembly Bill 156 was passed, it created a Nevada law that says foster children and homeless young people must have someone who can meet on their beha ...Read More

Public banks in Germany have been credited with fueling that nation's green economy.(RLTheis/Twenty20)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California may have a new type of bank by next year – the result of a bill signed yesterday by Gov. Gavin Newsom that sets up rules for the creation of public banks. The new financial institutions would be owned by and would primarily serve public agencies – ...Read More

Researchers say criminalizing children can cause long-term harm to their overall development. (kayasit/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. At the Juvenile Justice Initiative's "Re-Imagine Justice Summit" in Chicago yesterday, t ...Read More

The Glen Canyon Dam towers 710 feet above the original Colorado River channel, producing hydroelectric power and impounding Lake Powell as a water storage reservoir. (Jason/Adobe Stock)

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PAGE, Ariz. – A trio of conservation groups is suing the federal government to force it to use climate science in its management of Glen Canyon Dam and the upper Colorado River. In the suit, the groups are asking a federal judge to invalidate a 2016 Bureau of Reclamation environmental study, ...Read More

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