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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

Blood Donor Month: A timely drive

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024   

As the calendar turns to January, organizations are calling for donations during National Blood Donor Month, a designation first proclaimed in 1970.

Diane Wright, regional executive director of the American Red Cross of Montana and Idaho, said January is an important time for donations.

"January was chosen because it's typically a challenging time of the year for us to collect lifesaving blood, usually due to holiday seasons and the start of the new year and winter weather," Wright explained. "It makes for a challenging time to collect."

About 3% of Americans donate blood each year. Each donation helps two or more people in need.

Wright emphasized donations are critical because blood cannot be manufactured.

"In Idaho, we need to collect about 250 units per weekday," Wright pointed out. "That's a significant amount of blood, and it's to save lives."

Blood donations help a wide range of people, including folks with cancer, who have been in accidents, or need emergency surgery. A blood transfusion is performed every two seconds in the United States.


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