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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Archive: January 20, 2020

About 5,000 Washington women a year lose health coverage within three months of having a child. (mbennett/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Legislation in Olympia would provide longer health care coverage for women after pregnancy. Senate Bill 6128, scheduled for a hearing Monday, would extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to one year after a woman gives birth. For many low-income women, coverage currently ends afte ...Read More

Snow and below-freezing temperatures can lead farmers to feel isolated in the winter. (Tatiana/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Mental health on farms is a serious issue this time of year as the blues can settle in when temperatures drop. Brandon Delvo, a community operations specialist with the North Dakota Farmers Union, says the agriculture economy is weighing on farmers, and winter months can create i ...Read More

In Isabelle Doerre-Torres' curriculum, students learn about El Salvador's civil war (1980-1992) that killed more than 75,000 people, and that the U.S. funneled more than $4.5 billion to the right-wing Salvadoran government in the name of fighting communism. (Wikipedia Commons)

By Anna-Cat Brigida Broadcast version by Laura Rosbrow-Telem Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Media-Commonwealth News Service Collaboration BOSTON -- In the summer of 2017, before her senior year of high school, Isabelle Doerre-Torres met Carlos,* a Salvadoran immigrant on the verge of deportation. ...Read More

Folks can ask their local pharmacist to go through their medications with them. (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- It's a new year and pharmacists say people should take time to reflect on the medications they're using. An annual evaluation is especially important for older adults. One in four people age 65 and older takes five or more medications for chronic disease management. Rob Reinhard ...Read More

The EPA's Science Advisory Board is an independent panel tasked each year with reviewing the agency's proposed changes to rules and regulations. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An independent panel of scientists convenes this week to review rule changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Critics say the changes could weaken protections of waterways across the country, restrict the use of scientific studies needed to create environmental regu ...Read More

Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, political donors in the top 10 majority-white ZIP codes for candidate and super PAC contributions gave a combined $1.85 billion, compared with $179 million in the top 10 majority-minority ZIP codes. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

DALLAS -- A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for independent campaign contributions, grassroots groups in Texas and across the nation still are struggling to limit the influence of money in politics. Dave Jones, president of Clean Electi ...Read More

The Rev. William Barber of the Poor People's Campaign leads a rally in Washington in June 2019. (Poor People's Campaign)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber, is marking MLK Day Monday with screenings in Maryland and around the country of a new documentary that chronicles the organization's fight to make poverty reduction a national priority. The organization is continuing Martin ...Read More

The poverty rate for early educators is almost twice that of Pennsylvania workers generally, and 13.6 times higher than other teachers. (PixieMe/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Investing in a "values-based" early child education system would serve 500,000 Pennsylvania children and employ 200,000 teachers, according to a new report. The new research from the Economic Policy Institute says efforts to expand access to early education have focused on affor ...Read More

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