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44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Archive: December 13, 2019

In 2017, 26% of Kentucky high school students reported using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Concern over the growing use of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products among young people in the Commonwealth has spurred lawmakers to pre-file bills for the 2020 legislative session aimed at making it more difficult for teens to get them. The bills would raise the legal ...Read More

The 12% reduction in Wyoming state pension checks due to rising healthcare costs equals about four tanks of gas and a half-month's worth of groceries. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On December 1, retired public employees in Wyoming saw a 12% increase in the cost of their health coverage, which is taken directly out of their monthly pension checks. Retirees receive, on average, $1,600 in pension benefits a month, and Betty Jo Beardsley – executive ...Read More

Some 1.8 million wreaths were placed at the tombstones of fallen veterans during Wreaths Across America ceremonies in 2018. (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – During the busy holiday season, hundreds of Missourians will pause to remember fallen veterans as part of a national event. On "Wreaths Across America Day" tomorrow, volunteers in all 50 states will place wreaths on veterans' headstones at more than 1,600 locations. Ele ...Read More

The BLM has opened up an additional 1 million acres to potential drilling, including a parcel adjacent to Los Osos Middle School near Morro Bay. (Rebecca August/Los Padres ForestWatch)<br /><br />

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – The Trump administration on Thursday took the final step to allow oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of federal public land on California's central coast and San Joaquin Valley, despite a flood of public comment in opposition. The Bureau of Land Manage ...Read More

In Minnesota, health officials say among 8th-grade students, e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019, and one in four 11th graders now use e-cigarettes. (Isabella Mendes/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ten Minnesota cities have adopted some form of restrictions for selling flavored tobacco products – and advocates of these policies hope a statewide ban will follow suit. They are especially concerned about how these products are marketed to teens and communities of c ...Read More

Reform advocates hope the next chief state’s attorney will support closing Connecticut's supermax prison, the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers. (aquatarkus/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut needs a new chief state's attorney, and criminal justice reform advocates want to know where the candidates for the job stand on issues of mass incarceration and racial justice. With the resignation of Kevin Kane earlier this month, the Criminal Justice Commissi ...Read More

The Appalachian Prison Book Project maintains a supposedly free tablet reading program in West Virginia prisons profits off the people who are incarcerated and their families.  (Pixabay)

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – When prison technology company Global Tek Link, or GTL, announced in October that it was providing hundreds of free electronic tablets for West Virginia prisons, it sounded like a compassionate gesture. But the program comes with a hitch. People who use it have to pay 3 ...Read More

Exploratory oil drilling applications submitted by two out-of-state petroleum companies to drill in Gulf and Calhoun counties have received approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Faced with strong bipartisan opposition to offshore drilling, some oil companies are finding success by tapping deeper into Florida's little-known onshore oil-drilling industry. The Sunshine State has been producing oil from wells in southwest Florida and the Panhandle fo ...Read More

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