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Archive: February 5, 2021

Prairie View A&M University, one of nine historically black colleges and universities in the U.S., will open its Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice next week. (pvamu.edu)

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HOUSTON - College students entering the workforce can face discrimination because of implicit bias, and a Texas university wants to prepare them and also influence the culture to encourage a civil society. Prairie View A&M opens the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice next week, with Profe ...Read More

Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee filed a class-action lawsuit against a North Carolina farm labor contractor over stolen wages.(FLOC)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Several major North Carolina growers have agreed to compensate a group of seasonal farmworkers for stolen wages and other expenses in settlements totaling more than $160,000. OJ Smith Farms, Reynolds American and national nursery chain Greenleaf all relied on a farm-labor contracto ...Read More

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, has championed conservation legislation while serving in Congress. (AFGE/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination to lead the U.S. Interior Department is historic for Native Americans. As a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, she would be the first Native American cabinet secretary. Shelly Fyant, chair of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe ...Read More

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BOISE, Idaho - As the Biden administration pushes to raise the minimum wage as part of novel coronavirus relief legislation, a bill in the Idaho Legislature also seeks to raise wages. State Senator Grant Burgoyne - D-Boise - has introduced Senate Bill 1028, which would raise the state's minimum wa ...Read More

Each year, nearly 30,000 families get help from the Minnesota Family Investment Program, which provides payments to households with children to help cover basic expenses. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As talks ramp up on another federal COVID-relief package, Minnesota groups point out that some families in poverty are still falling through the cracks - and they want to see a state-level stimulus payment for them. Many levels of government have responded to the pandemic crisis ...Read More

Although it ranked sixth in the country among states, a new report gives Washington's electric-vehicle policies a score of 54 out of 100. (scharfsinn86/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE - Washington state is on the right track for electrifying its transportation sector, but still has work to do, according to a new report. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has taken a comprehensive look at states' policies for deploying electric vehicles, and ranks the E ...Read More

Advocates for public education in Pennsylvania say deep inequities between wealthy and poor school districts have had a disparate impact on Black and Latinx children. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Public-education advocates have high praise for Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed education budget, but some believe the state could do more to meet its obligations to Pennsylvania's children. In his budget address, the governor proposed an additional $1.55 billion for education, and usin ...Read More

About 44% of prisoners in West Virginia's regional jails are being held pretrial because they can't afford cash bail. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Research shows West Virginia is the only state to increase its jail population in 2020. In an online panel, state lawmakers shared ideas for criminal-justice reform measures in the Legislature to tackle the overcrowding. Pointing out the Mountain State has no statewide reentry ...Read More

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