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The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

ID award for volunteers who 'enrich lives' open for nominations

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024   

AARP Idaho is seeking nominations in the state for its prestigious award for outstanding volunteers. The Andrus Award for Community Service is named after the founder of AARP, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.

For the award, AARP Idaho will select a person or couple age 50 or older, who performs services without pay in their communities.

Pamela Root, senior business operations analyst with AARP Idaho, said this award is special in the community.

"This award honors those age 50-plus who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community," she explained.

Root added the recipient or recipients also get to choose a nonprofit within the state to receive a $2,000 donation from AARP. The nomination process is open through July 15. More than 28% of Idahoans volunteered in 2021, according to America's Health Rankings.

Root highlights last year's winner, Mary Zarybnisky of Burley who, along with her husband, has been an avid volunteer for years, including hosting free Thanksgiving dinners for the community and adopting families at Christmas time.

"They just are always looking at every opportunity to help people and those are the kind of volunteers that we are looking for - just people that go out of their way to make others' lives a little easier and a little better," Root explained.

Root said volunteering can give people a sense of purpose.

"When people retire, sometimes they feel lost. They don't know what to do with their time. They might feel isolated. They might even get a little depressed, and we all know that helping others helps ourselves," she continued.

Disclosure: AARP Idaho contributes to our fund for reporting on Consumer Issues, Energy Policy, Health Issues, Senior Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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