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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.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


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: January 10, 2020

Standards for counselors at Washington state's 34 community and technical colleges vary widely among the schools. (Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Counselors play an integral role in helping and guiding students, and can even prevent them dropping out. This year, standards will finally be developed for Washington's community and technical college counselors. Last year, lawmakers approved a task force for this purpose, which ...Read More

A University of Oregon researcher has concluded that people are 6% more likely to adopt a pet if it is advertised using straightforward language. (Ashley Jones/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - If they want more pets to find homes, pet adoption agencies should hit pause on words like "buddy" and "companion" in their advertising, according to new Oregon-based research. Dave Markowitz, an assistant professor of social media data analytics at the University of Oregon, looke ...Read More

The Nature Conservancy is selling a checkerboard of land parcels to the U.S. Forest Service. (The Nature Conservancy)

MISSOULA, Mont. - Lolo National Forest in western Montana is growing. The Nature Conservancy has sold more than 16,000 acres of former industrial timberland to the U.S. Forest Service to add to the forest. Chris Bryant, western Montana land protection director with The Nature Conservancy expects hi ...Read More

The Bureau of Land Management oversees nearly 12 million acres in Idaho. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Land Management's headquarters has begun its move West this month, but that hasn't ended controversy over the change. The Trump administration says the BLM's move to Grand Junction, Colorado, puts the agency closer to the nearly 250 million acres of public land it over ...Read More

Missouri River flooding in 2019 brought devastation to Iowa and neighboring states. (iihr.uiowa.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa - An updated guide from the National Wildlife Federation says Iowa remains vulnerable to flooding brought on by climate change. The "Unnatural Disasters" map shows how these threats can harm local economies and wildlife. The Federation released its first map in 2018. Joe Wilkins ...Read More

Most Arizona hourly workers, including food service, hospitality and retail employees, received a pay raise on Jan. 1, 2020, under the state's minimum wage law. (rentea/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Thousands of Arizona workers have gotten a pay raise this month, but not everyone is happy about it. A 2016 referendum raised the state's minimum wage over a four-year period to $12 an hour in 2020. It's given Arizona one of highest minimum-wage rates in the country, and economists ...Read More

Building 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York by 2035 will require skilled workers. (creativenature.nl/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposals for New York include ambitious goals for developing renewable energy and training a workforce to help make it happen. The governor's annual State of the State Address emphasized the need to fight climate change and the importance of switching to clean, ...Read More

Conservation groups say the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota could have the environmental impact of 50 coal plants. They're concerned that weakening federal environmental review could bring more projects. (mn350.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Conservation groups are pledging to push back against a new Trump administration proposal that calls for scaling back environmental review of large projects. They say states like Minnesota could see harmful effects. The group Defenders of Wildlife warns the plan would rapidly acc ...Read More

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