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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Archive: May 27, 2020

Texas has promised to test more than 230,000 residents and staff at the state's 1,224 licensed nursing homes by the end of May. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's estimated that about half of the people who have died from COVID-19 have been nursing home residents, and senior advocates want Texas to tackle the crisis at every level of government. AARP Texas state director Tina Tran said local and state officials, along with Texas legisla ...Read More

Mike Broihier, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and a farmer in Lincoln County, is the third Democrat to throw his hat in the race to challenge GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell in November. (Broihier Campaign)

DANVILLE, Ky. -- A Lincoln County asparagus farmer and retired U.S. Marine who supports a universal basic income is running against long-time incumbent Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate. Lt. Col. Mike Broihier has received the political endorsement of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who h ...Read More

As many as 75,000 Americans could die because of drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study by Well Being Trust. (SerenaWong/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The coronavirus pandemic has pushed unemployment rates in many states to record highs, and health policy groups worry it could mean an increase in suicides, drug and alcohol abuse. For the first time in two decades, said John Auerbach, president and chief executive of the nonpr ...Read More

A Warren Wilson College student teaches herbal tea making to local high schoolers the year before the coronavirus pandemic. (Mallory McDuff)

By Mallory McDuff for Yes! Media Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for North Carolina News Service/Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Public News Service Collaboration ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- "Next week, classes will be online, but we've got an hour to brainstorm ideas for our environ ...Read More

More than 40 North Carolina legislators are cosponsoring a bill to permit school districts to allocate funds with greater flexibility as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- New legislation seeks to give more flexibility to North Carolina school districts in how they use state funding. More than 60% of the money public schools receive comes from the state, but state Rep. Brandon Lofton, D-Charlotte, said that because of strict rules in the way dollars ...Read More

Four Yakima residents say they will sue if the county commission doesn't change the way its members are elected. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Latinos in a Washington state community are fighting for fairness in elections. In Yakima County, members of the county commission have remained white even as the Latino population has soared. Robin Engle, communications and development director for the immigrant rights group OneAm ...Read More

Monday night's death of a black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer follows a handful of high-profile, police-related deaths in the Twin Cities in recent years. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired following the death of a black man Monday night. The American Civil Liberties Union says it points to the lack of humanity by some in law enforcement. The death of George Floyd, who screamed, "I can't breathe" while a white Minneapolis ...Read More

The original Civilian Conservation Corps helped with projects such as the one at the Mississippi River headwaters in Minnesota. Supporters say reviving the CCC could put many unemployed people back to work. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jobless rates have soared in Minnesota and across the country as a result of the pandemic, and conservation groups say bringing back a public works program from the Great Depression might ease some of the economic pain in 2020 and beyond. The National Wildlife Federation says Con ...Read More

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