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Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Archive: January 24, 2020

The brown squares on this satellite image indicate the areas of unharvested corn in an otherwise snowy North Dakota landscape. (NASA Earth Observatory)

MAKOTI, N.D. - Many North Dakota farmers have yet to harvest all their 2019 crops, due to the wet fall and more snow over the winter. There's also concern about planting new crops this spring. The state Department of Agriculture estimates that North Dakota farmers are still sitting on roughly two ...Read More

An investigation by Rolling Stone magazine found the waste brine from Marcellus wells is radioactive enough to be seen as a threat to workers and the public. (Vivian Stockman/Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A federal loophole means millions of tons and billions of gallons of radioactive natural gas waste are being disposed of as if they were not radioactive. According to the investigation by Rolling Stone, liquid brine from the average Marcellus well contains more than 9,000 pic ...Read More

Critics say ICE courthouse arrests make immigrants who either are witnesses or victims of crime reluctant to appear in court. (K. Gardner, U.S. ICE)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Immigrants' rights advocates are praising Connecticut Attorney General William Tong's efforts to stop courthouse immigration arrests in the state. This week, Tong joined a group of 14 state attorneys general filing amicus briefs supporting a Washington state lawsuit against Immig ...Read More

State leaders and education advocates are debating how much money to fund the nearly 500-thousand public school students in Iowa. (somethingholden/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers kicked off the 2020 legislative session this week and already, school funding has become a key topic. The state has increased spending for K-12 students in recent years, but education advocates are convinced state leaders could be doing more. The past few school-f ...Read More

The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A federal court is considering challenges to a four-decades-old law put in place to protect Native American children against state-led efforts to break up families. Judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments this week on the Indian Child Welfare Act or ICWA, which g ...Read More

More than $45 billion is locked up in security deposits in the U.S. rather than circulating in the economy, according to Virginia Del. Mark Keam of Fairfax.  (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - With the skyrocketing cost of housing, a Virginia lawmaker has proposed an alternative to the traditional apartment security deposit. House Bill 1333 aims to let landlords accept security deposit insurance instead of what can amount to thousands of dollars for first and last month' ...Read More

Sex trafficking is believed to be a $90 billion-a-year industry that exploits more than 20 million adults and children worldwide. (dosomething.org)

PIERRE, S.D. - New laws meant to crack down on human trafficking will be introduced at the South Dakota Capitol today. According to the Human Trafficking Institute, South Dakota ranks 11th in human trafficking nationwide, with most cases related to sex trafficking. The state also ranks eighth for ...Read More

Rising temperatures from climate change tend to affect a city's most vulnerable neighborhoods, according to a new report. (Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development)

BALTIMORE - This time of year, it's hard to think about summer heat waves, but a new report says Baltimore and other big cities should prepare for them. The study of more than 100 U.S. cities found a correlation between rising temperatures and poor neighborhoods. It pinpoints areas with a history ...Read More

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