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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Archive: March 16, 2020

Installed solar capacity in the United States is projected to more than double in the next five years. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. -- The growth of the solar industry has brought a wave of new projects to Nebraska, including a community solar farm in Scottsbluff that's expected to save the city more than $2 million in energy costs over 25 years. With more projects on the horizon, Lu Nelsen, policy program associat ...Read More

Census numbers are used to allocate political representation and to determine how many federal tax dollars are sent back to states for education and health programs, transportation, infrastructure and more. (U.S. Census Bureau)

DENVER -- Imposter scams continue to target older Americans, and with the upcoming 2020 Census, many Colorado residents could be receiving phony census contacts fishing for personal information that can result in fraud or identity theft. Natriece Bryant, deputy executive director of the Colorado D ...Read More

Census takers starting in May will be visiting folks who haven't filled out the Census form. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have started receiving notices to fill out the 2020 Census and advocacy groups want households to keep one of the most undercounted population in mind: young children. Nationwide, the 2010 Census missed 2 million children from birth to age five. Mandy Yeahpau, commun ...Read More

Child-nutrition programs in Ohio serve more than 1 million meals daily across more than 3,000 sites. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio schools will begin their coronavirus shutdown later today, and local and state agencies and organizations are mobilizing quickly to ensure children in need don't go hungry. There are hundreds of thousands of K-12 students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school, an ...Read More

Washington workers can use paid sick leave from their employers and apply for the state's new Paid Family and Medical Leave program if they feel ill. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Washington state's sick leave policies are in the spotlight as the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on workers and businesses. Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, says Washington has enacted some of the most far-reaching and progressive paid leave laws ...Read More

Health experts say children born with heart issues can live well into adulthood, but often require lifelong monitoring and treatment. (Adobe Stock)

AMES, Iowa -- A middle school principal in Iowa lost a family member at a relatively young age to heart disease. Now, he's challenging his students to join the cause in preventing similar tragedies. Yonas Michael, the principal of Ames Middle School, says his brother was diagnosed with congestiv ...Read More

Well over three-quarters of Montana hunters are concerned with William Perry Pendley's job as acting BLM director, according to a new poll. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana hunters are wary of the direction of the Bureau of Land Management, according to a new poll. While nearly 60% of respondents to the Montana Wildlife Federation poll say they support the job President Donald Trump is doing, nearly 80% say they're either "very" or "somewhat" ...Read More

Minnesota's government has a goal that by 2022, all businesses and homes will have access to high-speed broadband providing minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least 3 mbps.(Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Starting Wednesday, Minnesota public schools will be closed for several days, and more people will work remotely because of coronavirus concerns. That has renewed calls for more broadband internet access in rural areas. The state recently announced additional investments to esta ...Read More

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