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President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

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Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Archive: November 26, 2019

Stunted or curled leaves on trees are a sign of herbicide damage. (Prairie Rivers Network/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It was just a few years ago that the approved use of a powerful herbicide was expanded to soybeans. Now environmental groups say native trees in Illinois are becoming collateral damage. In the past, Dicamba was primarily used to clear weeds from fields prior to planting, ...Read More

A work requirement for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries is set to go into effect Jan. 1. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers are being asked to put the brakes on the implementation of work requirements for Healthy Michigan enrollees. A coalition of health-care and anti-poverty organizations filed a lawsuit last week challenging the Trump administration's approval of the state's Me ...Read More

By age eight, a child's reading skills can predict future academic and career success. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Education leaders recently gathered in Raleigh to discuss how to help North Carolina's children reach grade-level reading by third grade. Research has shown by the time children are 8 years old, their reading skills can predict future academic achievement. Mary Jones is princ ...Read More

Empty Bowls event on November 23, 2018 in Boise, Idaho, which raised about $43,000. (The Idaho Foodbank)

BOISE, Idaho — It's the 22nd year of Empty Bowls, a post-Thanksgiving tradition in Boise to ensure fewer people are without food this holiday season. The Idaho Foodbank's annual affair will be held on Friday, November 29, and will offer soup bowls made by local artisans starting at $10. Memb ...Read More

Some Arkansas farmers say they have seen damage to their crops despite being outside the one-mile exclusion zone for the herbicide Dicamba.(bugarskipavle3/AdobeStock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Farming and conservation groups remain deeply concerned over the Arkansas Plant Board's 2018 decision to relax regulations on the herbicide Dicamba. The coalition says evidence continues to grow that the potent weed killer is drifting outside the area of its use and damagin ...Read More

Smoking only about one cigarette per day carries a risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke, according to the British Medical Journal. (kevsphotos/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 20 new cases of illness linked to vaping have been reported in Iowa in the past month, and experts warn e-cigarettes should be avoided until more research is done into their health impacts. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 22% of Iowa 11th-grader ...Read More

An annual bird count has shown an estimated 76% decline in ruffed grouse populations in southeast Pennsylvania. (JohnCindy/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — From torrential rains to raging wildfires, a new interactive map traces the devastating impact climate change is having on wildlife nationwide, including in Pennsylvania. The National Wildlife Federation has created a map, called "Unnatural Disasters," that shows climate chan ...Read More

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation says most older adults find prescription drug costs unreasonable. (Ladyheart/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The rising cost of prescription drugs continues to grab the attention of lawmakers and advocacy groups. AARP Minnesota says some of its members are being forced to choose between buying life-saving drugs or buying food, and they hope an upcoming forum will produce solutions ...Read More

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