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Archive: February 20, 2020

Since 1950, the decline of union membership has been followed by a dramatic rise in the share of income brought home by the top 10% of earners. (Liz West/Flickr)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is tied with Virginia for the third-lowest union membership rate in the country at 4%, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Report author Jonathan Lewis says the drop in the number of workers protected by unions has resulted in significant ...Read More

Census participants will be able to respond in 13 languages online or by phone: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, French, Tagalog, Polish, Haitian, Creole, Portuguese and Japanese. (PxHere)

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DENVER -- Getting an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 Census could be a big factor in determining whether federally funded agencies can provide the same services other Americans rely on to people with a limited ability to read, write or speak English. Stella Yu, founder of the youth program Art ...Read More

Passamaquoddy Bay runs between Passamaquoddy tribal land in Maine and Canada. One of the main sources of contention in the act is natural resources rights. (Jay Woodworth/Creative Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine is considering whether to revise its legal relationship with American Indian nations -- but two recent public hearings show a rough road ahead. Maine treats tribal nations as municipalities rather than sovereign nations, which is unique among the states. Now, the Maine Le ...Read More

Minnesota gets about 25% of its electricity from renewable energy, such as solar power. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota saw a dip last year in its number of solar industry jobs, according to a new report from a nonpartisan research group. After seeing gains in 2017 and 2018, Minnesota experienced a nearly 6% decline in solar job growth last year. That finding was included in the annual ...Read More

New Mexico is one of the nation's top three oil and gas producers, and new state rules to limit methane emissions are expected by the end of the year. (sierragrandesierraclub.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- This is the last day for New Mexico residents to have their say before draft rules are written by the state to govern methane emissions. The state's energy and environment departments have held public listening sessions for several months, and are expected to draft new rules f ...Read More

New voting machines being used in Cook County use a QR code for the voting audit paper trail. (Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners)

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CHICAGO -- Early voting for the March 17 primary is now under way for some Illinoisans, but a citizens group contends voters should wait until Election Day to cast a ballot. Chicago Board of Elections' new Loop Super Site opened on Wednesday, and features new touch screen voting machines and ballo ...Read More

North Dakota regulators have given the green light for a new pumping station for the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- In a unanimous decision, the state Public Service Commission has approved a key step in increasing capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The move has prompted new concerns from Native American tribes and environmental groups. The company behind the project, Energy Transfer, w ...Read More

Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice is calling on Maryland officials to stop what they see as excessive practices by ICE. (Casa de Maryland)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Outrage over Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices in Maryland has spurred immigrant rights groups to host a rally this coming Sunday in Howard County calling for state officials to cut ties with the federal agency. The protest will feature immigrants' personal stories ab ...Read More

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