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Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Archive: July 31, 2019

One attorney compares filling out self-representation forms to learning a new language. (tanasin/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – One section of the North Dakota court system website that gets a lot of visitors is the Legal Self Help Center, but North Dakotans who choose to represent themselves in civil matters may need more resources than the state and nonprofit organizations can offer. Attorney Catie ...Read More

Kentucky lawmakers hope to reduce teen e-cigarette use by adding a tax to e-cigarettes sold in the state. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Electronic cigarette use or "vaping" is on the rise among teens, and some Kentucky lawmakers believe a tax on e-cigarettes may help deter young people from using them. State Reps. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, and Jerry T. Miller, R-Louisville, announced a bill last week that wou ...Read More

NOAA's Lake Erie algal bloom forecast position for July 31. (noaa.gov)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A midsummer algal bloom again is turning western Lake Erie's waters green. While it's predicted to become fairly severe, researchers say it could be worse. The severity of this year's bloom is forecast to be a 7.5 on a scale of zero to 10. Laura Johnson, director of the Nati ...Read More

More than 500 miles of levees on three Midwestern rivers and other tributaries experienced significant flood damage this year. (iowafloodcenter.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa are fielding lots of questions about how they plan to address climate change. Climate scientists attribute the burning of fossil fuels to global warming, which in turn causes extreme weather events such as the spring fl ...Read More

Medicaid expansion can improve families' financial stability, one possible reason child neglect rates have decreased in expansion states. (gpointstudio/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – As Idaho prepares to implement Medicaid expansion, research shows the health coverage should have added benefits for kids. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that rates of child neglect decreased for states that have decided to expand Medicaid. The ...Read More

About 90% of U.S. coal plants pollute groundwater with dangerous levels of toxic contaminants from coal ash, according to a study by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. (earthjustice.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday it plans to lift some Obama-era regulations on the use of coal ash. Because it's cheaper, coal ash often is used as a replacement for soil in construction projects, but it's also been found to contaminate water with ar ...Read More

In 2012, U.S. power plants produced approximately 110 million tons of coal ash. (Josef17/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to roll back coal-ash regulations put in place four years ago to protect public health and the environment. Coal ash contains a variety of toxic substances including arsenic, cadmium and chromium, and neurotoxins such as lead an ...Read More

Health-care advocates are pushing the Utah Legislature to approve a full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (DayaProductions/AdobeStock)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Trump administration has rejected Utah's waiver request for enhanced federal funding for partial expansion of the state's Medicaid program. Advocates of full Medicaid expansion say it's an opportunity for state lawmakers to fulfill the wishes of voters, who passed a refer ...Read More

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