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Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Archive: December 9, 2019

Advocates for foster children say school performance is too often an afterthought in placement hearings. (Voices Youth Center/Mitchell Findley)

LAS VEGAS – Truancy rates are high and graduation rates are low – especially for Nevada's 4,200 children in foster care – and child advocates say systemic change is needed. Research shows that 47.5% of foster children in Clark County fail to graduate high school. Kelly Venci Go ...Read More

Salem, Ore., Mayor Chuck Bennett says his city is planning to make itself more friendly for older Oregonians. (City of Salem)

PORTLAND, Ore. – AARP is holding a summit Monday to explore how to make cities great places for people of all ages to live. The Age-Friendly Oregon Summit features leaders from around the state, including Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. Keynote speaker Gil Penalosa is found ...Read More

The utility Avista serves about 350,000 people in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. (Gov. Jay Inslee/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Some electric customers in eastern Washington are moving closer to a future without coal. The Spokane-based utility Avista is waiting for approval from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission on a rate case settlement that includes an exit from the Colstrip power p ...Read More

A new report says carbon pricing would lower the cost of New York getting to a 70% renewable energy use goal by 2030. (mimadeo/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Including the cost of carbon pollution in New York's electricity market would help the state meet its clean energy goals, according to a new report. Carbon pricing would add the social cost of carbon pollution, including health and climate impacts, to the wholesale price of el ...Read More

Most of the utilities that co-own the Colstrip, Mont., power plant say they will pull out of the facility within the next eight years. (Rachel Cernansky/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans plan to rally in Helena against Northwestern Energy's 20-year plan to invest heavily in fossil fuels. The Public Service Commission holds two public hearings Monday on Northwestern Energy's resource procurement plan, which includes its intention to run the Colstrip ...Read More

Freight Farmsí hydroponic vertical container farms use nearly 99% less water than a traditional farm, running with as little as zero to five gallons per day, less than the average dishwasher. (Pixabay)

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — A Douglas County High School is using a refrigerated freight container converted into a hydroponic farm as an extension of the classroom. At Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables. And David Larsen, ...Read More

People can learn about how agriculture can be part of the solution to the climate crisis at OEFFA's 41st annual conference. (OEFFA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a planting season plagued by extreme weather, Ohio farmers now have an opportunity to better explore the concept of agricultural resiliency at an upcoming event. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 2020 Conference, a three-day event i ...Read More

Roughly 7,200 refugees from Myanmar live in Minnesota. Many have settled in the suburb of Roseville, where local government is working to meet their needs. (gavelclub.org)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- Census figures show several Twin Cities suburbs have seen double-digit increases in their immigrant and refugee populations in recent years. As new residents stream in from around the world, local governments are adapting to meet their needs. In Roseville, a suburb north of St. ...Read More

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