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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 13, 2020

Residents of Manteo, N.C., are bracing for a future of increased flooding. (Adobe Stock)

MANTEO, N.C. -- Coastal towns braced for the first high tide of the year this past weekend, and many small-business owners say they have adapted to what is becoming the "new norm" of increased flooding during high tides and more frequent extreme weather due to climate change. Jamie Anderson owns a ...Read More

Washington state still has an estimated backlog of more than 6,500 untested sexual assault kits. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder/defenseimagery.mil)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As Washington state continues to test its backlog of sexual assault kits, lawmakers also are looking to reform how kits are managed. A sexual assault kit is a collection of evidence gathered following a rape allegation. One of the first hearings of the session, scheduled for Tu ...Read More

A new analysis shows $61.3 million per year over two years and a one-time investment of $48 million in state capital outlay funds to build permanent supportive housing could solve homelessness in New Mexico. (fantareis/Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Service providers in New Mexico say homelessness is a solvable problem, but only if lawmakers step up funding for two evidence-based intervention programs. Ahead of the 2020 legislative session that starts on January 21, the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness has prepared a r ...Read More

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide counselors helped 65,000 Michigan tax filers receive $28 million in refunds last year. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Tax season officially starts soon, and hundreds of volunteers are finalizing their training so they can help Michiganders prepare their returns. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program runs from Feb. 1 thru Apr. 15, and volunteer preparers can assist filers with their forms and id ...Read More

Doctors who perform a common abortion procedure could face Class IV felony charges, serve up to two years behind bars and pay a $10,000 fine if LB 814 becomes law. (Piqsels)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Proponents for women's reproductive health are mustering forces to defeat a bill introduced last week by state Sen. Suzanne Geist, R-Lincoln, that would prohibit a common abortion procedure after the first trimester of pregnancy. Andi Curry Grub, Nebraska state executive director ...Read More

Minnesota has long struggled with gaps in test scores and graduation rates for various student groups. (Tamarcus Brown/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota would update language concerning education for students of all backgrounds. But an advocacy group says other racial gaps need to be addressed as well. Last week, former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Federal ...Read More

For the second time, a judge has ruled in favor of a South Dakota grassroots organization challenging the constitutionality of laws passed by state legislators. (americansforprosperity.org)<br /><br />

PIERRE, S.D. -- Supporters of South Dakota's traditional initiative-and-referendum process worry state lawmakers may pass a revised law now that a federal judge has declared the law passed last session unconstitutional. Last week, Judge Charles Kornmann ruled that House Bill 1094 violates the Firs ...Read More

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., was one of 68 signers to House leadership calling for a vote on a package of union protections. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. House has committed to voting on a comprehensive bill supporting union organizing before Presidents' Day. The announcement comes after 68 representatives, including Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., sent a letter to the House leadership urging the lawmakers to bring the Protecti ...Read More

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