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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 8, 2020

About 80% of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable high-speed internet are in rural areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AARP.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Older adults in South Dakota want a level playing field with other states when it comes to high-speed internet service, according to a new study. AARP surveyed voters ages 50 and older to find how often they use the internet and how important they think it is to expand high-spe ...Read More

A new coalition is launching a ballot initiative to help ensure that LGBTQ Michiganders are guaranteed safeguards in housing, public accommodations and employment. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- After years of inaction at the Statehouse, some Michiganders are taking bold action to expand the state's civil-rights law to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. A newly formed Fair and Equal Michigan ballot committee filed petition ...Read More

AAA says older drivers often try to avoid driving at night or during rush hours. But experts say new technology is available in many vehicles to help keep them safe and mobile. (NSC.org)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As the new year takes shape, automakers continue work on getting self-driving cars to the masses. Industry experts say seniors especially could benefit from these vehicles -- but a lot of technology can be used now. Terry Murrin, who directs driver-safety programs for AARP Iowa, ...Read More

As part of a federal legal settlement, Arizona now will update addresses for voter registration when people update their address for their driver's license. (Shelley/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Voting-rights advocates are claiming victory after the state of Arizona agreed to make it easier for residents to exercise their right to vote. A lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Arizona, the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and Promise Arizona has just been settled. The grou ...Read More

Wisconsin began a hemp pilot program in 2018, but a new law recently was signed that made the program permanent. (pewtrusts.org)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers are eager to produce more hemp crops, now that a law bolstering the state's program is in place. One agricultural research group says the crop has a lot of potential, but more work is needed. Last fall, Gov. Tony Evers signed a law expanding Wisconsin's program ...Read More

Critics say Maryland's plan to add toll lanes to busy D.C.-area highways will create overpriced tolls that are hardships for everyday commuters. (Wikipedia)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A coalition of environmental and other groups greets the first day of Maryland's 2020 General Assembly today with a protest of the state's controversial plan to add toll lanes to busy highways in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan wants to widen and add ...Read More

Experts say California needs a lot more wildlife crossings such as this one to reduce the number of vehicle collisions and reconnect habitats fragmented by roads, advocates say. (Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

REDDING, Calif. -- Collisions between vehicles and animals killed hundreds of thousands of animals and 12 people on California roads in 2017. Today, experts in transportation and wildlife management are at a summit in Redding to address the problem. Wesley Stroud, Caltrans environmental office chie ...Read More

A new Nevada group aims to fight climate change by working to limit sprawl around the Las Vegas area. (Ron Reiring/Flickr)

LAS VEGAS -- More than a half-dozen progressive groups announced Tuesday that they're banding together to form a new group, to be known as the Nevada Climate Justice Coalition. The new organization will work to educate people on the effects of climate change, especially on low-income communities of ...Read More

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