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The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 


Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Archive: April 30, 2020

More than half of the young people detained at Long Creek, the state's only juvenile-corrections facility, are there simply because they need care and have nowhere else to go, according to a Maine Juvenile Justice Task Force report released in February. (Christopher Poulos/Facebook)

PORTLAND, Maine -- There are 43% fewer young people in detention in Maine since the first of March, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The drop in the detention rate is much higher than most states, according to a new survey by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The survey of 30 stat ...Read More

Socio-economic factors and family dynamics play a role in whether a child is well-prepared for kindergarten. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This fall, North Carolina is expanding how teachers gauge children's development during their first few months of school. Advocates say the move could help school principals, superintendents and the state make better decisions about children's strengths, and also where they may ne ...Read More

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are threatening thousands of Arizonans who either are homeless or have lost a job and could lose their housing. (Tab61/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a frightening event for most Arizonans, but some say it's especially dangerous for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. About 8,000 Arizonans are without permanent shelter -- and thousands more have lost jobs and could join their ranks. A s ...Read More

State officials in North Dakota recently estimated that oil production across the region was down nearly 300,000 barrels a day following the market crash. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The oil market crash has created a wave of concerns in North Dakota. In addition to economic damage, environmental groups worry about what happens to the glut of oil sitting in storage. North Dakota is among the top five oil-producing states in the U.S., but state officials say ...Read More

Experts say federal aid to Kentucky was essential for curbing the economic fallout from the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)<br />

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Counties across Kentucky say they've already seen a drop in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, and are bracing for cuts to law enforcement, transportation and other critical public services. Early indicators hint that the economic fallout from the global pandemic could b ...Read More

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and other medical organizations have opposed Tennessee's recent order limiting abortions during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge in Nashville has ruled that as Tennessee flexes its power to temporarily ban non-emergency medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic, it doesn't have the right to block a woman's access to abortion services. The decision affirms a lower court ruling blocking an ...Read More

Folks in Maryland need to look out for European Gypsy moths before they damage plants and trees. (John H. Ghent/USDA Forest Service)<br /><br />

ANNAPOLIS -- While most people continue to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's a good time to check for invasive pests in your yard. The agency has identified 20 species of so-called hungry pests that damage trees and plants and are easily spread by ...Read More

There are some estimates that the U.S. Postal Service could run out of money by summer without federal assistance. (Donald Lee Pardue/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Postal workers in Illinois are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service. Jackie Engelhart, president of Northwest Illinois Area Local (NWIAL) 194 of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), says postal workers have been crucial in servi ...Read More

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