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The latest on the PRO Act, which could bring major changes to labor law, especially in "right-to-work" states; and COVID spikes result in new mandates.

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Travel restrictions are extended as Delta variant surges; some public-sector employers will mandate vaccines; President Biden says long-haul COVID could be considered a disability; and western wildfires rage.

The State Historical Society of Iowa's mobile museum contains 56 artifacts and videos. (traveliowa.com)
The State Historical Society of Iowa's mobile museum contains 56 artifacts and videos. (traveliowa.com)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Cultural institutions in the U.S. are facing scrutiny to be more accessible and inclusive. The organization in charge of Iowa's …

For some families, a silver lining of the pandemic is the popularity of the silver screen at Ohio's 24 drive-in movie theaters. (Adobe Stock)
For some families, a silver lining of the pandemic is the popularity of the silver screen at Ohio's 24 drive-in movie theaters. (Adobe Stock)

By Maria McGinns/ Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - …

George Floyd murals, such as this one in Milwaukee, have surfaced across the globe following protests over his killing by Minneapolis police. (Graham Kilmer)
George Floyd murals, such as this one in Milwaukee, have surfaced across the globe following protests over his killing by Minneapolis police. (Graham Kilmer)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- From middle America to Europe, murals have popped up in honor of George Floyd amid the renewed fight for racial justice…

Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, one of 95 counties in Tennessee that will undergo redistricting this fall. (Adobe Stock)
Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, one of 95 counties in Tennessee that will undergo redistricting this fall. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's 95 counties are expected to undergo redistricting once they've received 2020 Census county-level population data this …

2020 Census Bureau apportionment data shows Arkansas is set to maintain four representatives in Congress. (mrlover/Adobe Stock)
2020 Census Bureau apportionment data shows Arkansas is set to maintain four representatives in Congress. (mrlover/Adobe Stock)

MONTICELLO, Ark. -- Arkansas' public redistricting hearings start next Thursday in Monticello, and groups advocating for fair voting-district maps …

More than 400 laws have been introduced this year that would restrict voting rights across the country. (Lakshmiprasad/Adobe Stock)
More than 400 laws have been introduced this year that would restrict voting rights across the country. (Lakshmiprasad/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Voting-rights advocates applaud this week's federal appeals-court decision to prevent Indiana from purging some voters from the rolls …

Health-insurance companies are expanding coverage in 2022 to more Colorado counties, leaving just one county with a single on-exchange insurance company available. In 2020, 22 counties had just one provider. (Adobe Stock)
Health-insurance companies are expanding coverage in 2022 to more Colorado counties, leaving just one county with a single on-exchange insurance company available. In 2020, 22 counties had just one provider. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
DENVER -- The days of exponentially high increases in health-insurance costs may finally be in the rearview mirror. The Colorado Division of …

Thirty-three percent of U.S. adults have experienced identity theft, more than twice the global average. (Adobe Stock)
Thirty-three percent of U.S. adults have experienced identity theft, more than twice the global average. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 26, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As more North Carolinians resume travel and take vacations this summer, most will be relying on their debit and credit cards…

Xcel customers in Colorado will likely pay higher prices after last winter's natural gas power shortage caused by non-winterized power plants in Texas. (Adobe Stock)
Xcel customers in Colorado will likely pay higher prices after last winter's natural gas power shortage caused by non-winterized power plants in Texas. (Adobe Stock)

DENVER -- When this winter's power outages in Texas' deregulated electric grid caused shockingly high utility bills for customers, Xcel Energy was …

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Supporters of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act say if it can't clear the Senate, they hope certain provisions will be included in spending-related measures. (Adobe Stock)
Supporters of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act say if it can't clear the Senate, they hope certain provisions will be included in spending-related measures. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
MINOT, N.D. -- Many arguments are being floated about legislation before Congress that would bring big changes to U.S. labor laws. The bill has its …

A union representing Minnesota state workers recently noted that as contract talks inched forward, it took issue with proposed language it said could drive up employee health-care costs. (Adobe Stock)
A union representing Minnesota state workers recently noted that as contract talks inched forward, it took issue with proposed language it said could drive up employee health-care costs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota government has a new budget in place, but it's still trying to wrap up the latest two-year contracts for state employees…

Uber and Lyft are among the app-based companies that successfully campaigned for a ballot initiative to allow them to classify their workers as independent contractors. (Kaspars Grinvalds/Adobe Stock)
Uber and Lyft are among the app-based companies that successfully campaigned for a ballot initiative to allow them to classify their workers as independent contractors. (Kaspars Grinvalds/Adobe Stock)

BOSTON - The AFL-CIO is holding a week of action to urge Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize - or PRO - Act, what some labor …

Maine is among the first states to pass a bill for free school meals for all students, regardless of household income. (WaveBreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock)
Maine is among the first states to pass a bill for free school meals for all students, regardless of household income. (WaveBreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 26, 2021
AUGUSTA, Maine -- School meals in Maine will be free for all students again this year and into the future, but parents are being urged to fill out …

Federal food assistance programs, including SNAP and Nebraska's Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors and families with children, ensure that farmers get fair market prices for their goods. (Adobe Stock)
Federal food assistance programs, including SNAP and Nebraska's Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors and families with children, ensure that farmers get fair market prices for their goods. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 26, 2021
LINCOLN, Neb. -- After a new state law expanded eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as …

Treating food as medicine is becoming a more mainstream remedy in doctors' offices. (ARTFULLY-79/Adobe Stock)
Treating food as medicine is becoming a more mainstream remedy in doctors' offices. (ARTFULLY-79/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State University nursing students and the Idaho Foodbank are teaming up to establish healthy food as crucial medicine for …

It's estimated that more than 241,000 DACA-eligible students are enrolled in college, according to the Migration Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)
It's estimated that more than 241,000 DACA-eligible students are enrolled in college, according to the Migration Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 26, 2021
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In a recent ruling, a federal judge in Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program…

Massachusetts is home to more than 5,000 DACA recipients. (Scott Maxwell/Adobe Stock)
Massachusetts is home to more than 5,000 DACA recipients. (Scott Maxwell/Adobe Stock)

BOSTON -- Immigrants' rights advocates are calling on Congress to pave the way to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S…

DACA has been granted to more than 4,600 people in Ohio since 2012. (AdobeStock)
DACA has been granted to more than 4,600 people in Ohio since 2012. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In light of a new federal court ruling on DACA, immigration advocates in Ohio say Congress must take action to create a roadmap to …

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Juvenile justice experts say the best response to common teenage misbehavior like smoking marijuana, petty theft or vandalism is counseling, not an arrest. (JDAI/AZ)
Juvenile justice experts say the best response to common teenage misbehavior like smoking marijuana, petty theft or vandalism is counseling, not an arrest. (JDAI/AZ)

Monday, July 26, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Despite decades of juvenile justice reforms, California is still incarcerating kids of color much more often than their white …

A new report says Black youths are more likely to be in custody than their white peers in every state but one: Hawaii. (Adobe Stock)
A new report says Black youths are more likely to be in custody than their white peers in every state but one: Hawaii. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 26, 2021
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa has recently laid out recommendations to reduce overrepresentation of minorities in the juvenile justice system. The effort …

Nevada is seeing multiple efforts to reduce racial disparities among kids who are arrested or incarcerated, and a new report says it's working. (Connie Mills/Youth Villages)
Nevada is seeing multiple efforts to reduce racial disparities among kids who are arrested or incarcerated, and a new report says it's working. (Connie Mills/Youth Villages)

Monday, July 26, 2021
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada is closing the racial gap among young people behind bars, according to a new report from The Sentencing Project. The …

Social Security reduces your payment if you start collecting benefits before your full retirement age, currently 66 and 2 months, and is gradually rising to 67 for people born in 1960 or later. (Adobe Stock)
Social Security reduces your payment if you start collecting benefits before your full retirement age, currently 66 and 2 months, and is gradually rising to 67 for people born in 1960 or later. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, July 26, 2021
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- AARP Wyoming is gearing up for a series of Webinars and Telephone Town Halls to help residents of all ages get their financial …

Senior champion Jeff Salter, age 50, says riding an e-bike illustrates that people can do more with a little assistance than they can alone. (Veronica Yankowski)
Senior champion Jeff Salter, age 50, says riding an e-bike illustrates that people can do more with a little assistance than they can alone. (Veronica Yankowski)

SAN ANTONIO -- The 65-and-older population has grown by over one-third in the past decade, which prompted a Texas man to take a cross-country bike …

An AARP study finds family caregivers spend an average of 26% of their income on caregiving activities. (verbaska/Adobe Stock)
An AARP study finds family caregivers spend an average of 26% of their income on caregiving activities. (verbaska/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Family caregiving is rewarding and challenging, and it can also put a big strain on people's wallets. A new study from AARP found …

The budget passed by the Massachusetts General Court includes $1 million for VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs. (Centaur/Adobe Stock)
The budget passed by the Massachusetts General Court includes $1 million for VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs. (Centaur/Adobe Stock)

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Community Action Agencies applauded the Massachusetts General Court for its commitments to anti-poverty efforts in the 2022 state …

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As part of a new contract 3 months in the making, healthcare coverage has already kicked in for over two thousand contract airport workers dating back to July 1. (32BJ SEIU)
As part of a new contract 3 months in the making, healthcare coverage has already kicked in for over two thousand contract airport workers dating back to July 1. (32BJ SEIU)

NEW YORK -- Over 10,000 New York and New Jersey front-line airport workers will get health insurance as part of new contract negotiations that come at…

Protesters demonstrated outside the German House in Seattle over the weekend. (Washington Fair Trade Coalition)
Protesters demonstrated outside the German House in Seattle over the weekend. (Washington Fair Trade Coalition)

SEATTLE -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being met with demonstrations over global vaccine access as she visits the United States today…

In addition to George Floyd's murder, the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., last summer spurred widespread calls for police reforms. (Adobe Stock)
In addition to George Floyd's murder, the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., last summer spurred widespread calls for police reforms. (Adobe Stock)

MILWAUKEE -- Community leaders from Milwaukee rally today to try to convince Gov. Tony Evers to hear their concerns about police accountability …

Tens of millions of families have been sent the first payment of the expanded child tax credit. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Tens of millions of families have been sent the first payment of the expanded child tax credit. (Adobe Stock)

WHEELING, W.Va. -- An estimated 346,000 West Virginia children, 93% of all kids in the state, live in households that likely received their first …

The expanded Child Tax Credit gives families $250 to $300 every month per child and can be used for anything the family needs, such as groceries, rent or utilities. (Adobe stock)
The expanded Child Tax Credit gives families $250 to $300 every month per child and can be used for anything the family needs, such as groceries, rent or utilities. (Adobe stock)

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. -- Beginning last week, thousands of Virginia families with children saw more money in their bank accounts as the federal …

Married couples with children under 18 who make up to $150,000 per year will qualify for the new, extended federal Child Tax Credit. (Jessica Shamout)
Married couples with children under 18 who make up to $150,000 per year will qualify for the new, extended federal Child Tax Credit. (Jessica Shamout)

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The first payments from the extended Child Tax Credit will hit most families' bank accounts today, providing much-needed relief …

Black women carry roughly 20% more student debt than do their white counterparts. (Adobe Stock)
Black women carry roughly 20% more student debt than do their white counterparts. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Black women carry more student loan debt than any other group, and a national petition has been launched to cancel $50,000 in student …

Crystal Witherspoon and Alma Esparza Castaneda are among the 49% of med students at the University of California Riverside who self-identify as an underrepresented minority. (Stan Lim/UC Riverside)
Crystal Witherspoon and Alma Esparza Castaneda are among the 49% of med students at the University of California Riverside who self-identify as an underrepresented minority. (Stan Lim/UC Riverside)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Large grants are helping medical schools in Southern California improve diversity, because although Latinos are 39% of the …

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The 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit is set to benefit 89% of Colorado's children younger than 18. (nareekarn/Adobe Stock)
The 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit is set to benefit 89% of Colorado's children younger than 18. (nareekarn/Adobe Stock)

DENVER -- Parents are now receiving fully refundable monthly 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payments, and advocates for children and families have …

Nearly 300,000 Maine kids will benefit from the expanded Advance Child Tax Credit. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)
Nearly 300,000 Maine kids will benefit from the expanded Advance Child Tax Credit. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Parents are now receiving fully refundable monthly 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payments, and advocates for children and families …

87% of New Hampshire kids are set to benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit. (Adobe Stock)
87% of New Hampshire kids are set to benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit. (Adobe Stock)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Parents are now receiving fully refundable monthly 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payments, and advocates for children and families …

Investments in federal programs that help the bottom 60 to 80 percent of families is projected to narrow a widening racial wealth gap. (Adobe Stock)
Investments in federal programs that help the bottom 60 to 80 percent of families is projected to narrow a widening racial wealth gap. (Adobe Stock)

DENVER - As Congress struggles to pass legislation to boost recovery from the pandemic's economic fallout, tax experts are urging lawmakers to invest …

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Black farmers own just 0.52% of the nation's farmland. (Adobe Stock)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Black farmers own just 0.52% of the nation's farmland. (Adobe Stock)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Wisconsin is at the center of a lawsuit targeting federal debt relief for farmers of color. The suit was filed this spring by a …

North Carolina activist Kathy Greggs was arrested at the state's General Assembly for attempting to make a public comment on the state budget. (Steven Whitsitt)
North Carolina activist Kathy Greggs was arrested at the state's General Assembly for attempting to make a public comment on the state budget. (Steven Whitsitt)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Protestors are raising concerns about how they're being treated by Wake County magistrates after a member of the North Carolina …

About 41% of youths in juvenile facilities are Black, according to a new report, despite being only 15% of the youth population in America. (Adobe stock)
About 41% of youths in juvenile facilities are Black, according to a new report, despite being only 15% of the youth population in America. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Although incarceration disparities for Black and white youths fell over the past decade, a new report shows young people of color …

The federal Family First Act requires states to implement new services that will prevent kids from coming into foster care. (AdobeStock)
The federal Family First Act requires states to implement new services that will prevent kids from coming into foster care. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Children's services leaders in Ohio are reiterating calls for more funding to local agencies. Specifically, they're asking the …

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In a survey about restorative justice, 70% of respondents said they think less taxpayer money should be spent on prisons, jails and detention centers. (Office of Gov. J.B. Pritzker)
In a survey about restorative justice, 70% of respondents said they think less taxpayer money should be spent on prisons, jails and detention centers. (Office of Gov. J.B. Pritzker)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill signed into law in Springfield protects the participants in restorative-justice practices from having what they do or say …

Pacific County is among the smallest in Washington. (Chetsford/Wikimedia Commons)
Pacific County is among the smallest in Washington. (Chetsford/Wikimedia Commons)

PACIFIC COUNTY, Wash. -- As parts of the country rethink criminal justice, a small county in Washington state is providing a model on how to better …

Most rental assistance in New Hampshire is used for rent and mortgage payments, with some going towards utilities, home heating, Internet and other expenses. (Joe/Adobe Stock)
Most rental assistance in New Hampshire is used for rent and mortgage payments, with some going towards utilities, home heating, Internet and other expenses. (Joe/Adobe Stock)

CONCORD, N.H. -- Legal aid groups urged residents to know their rights to a fair court process as tenants, and to apply for rental assistance if …

To afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in much of Colorado, full-time workers need to earn $27.50 per hour or work 89 hours per week at current Colorado minimum wage. (Adobe Stock)
To afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in much of Colorado, full-time workers need to earn $27.50 per hour or work 89 hours per week at current Colorado minimum wage. (Adobe Stock)

DENVER -- When people experiencing chronic homelessness in Denver received free housing along with mental and behavioral health services, they were …

Community Action Partnership of North Dakota says those eligible for emergency federal rental aid can get help with their application with a trained counselor in person or over the phone. (Adobe Stock)
Community Action Partnership of North Dakota says those eligible for emergency federal rental aid can get help with their application with a trained counselor in person or over the phone. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota is reaching out to those who have fallen behind on their rent due to the pandemic and may not know there's help. …

Across the country on July 17, communities held "Good Trouble" vigils to honor the memory of the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. (Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Congress, Office of Nancy Pelosi)
Across the country on July 17, communities held "Good Trouble" vigils to honor the memory of the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. (Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Congress, Office of Nancy Pelosi)

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Advocacy groups held a candlelight vigil in Charleston over the weekend, marking the one-year anniversary of the passing of …

Many voting-rights advocates believe Utah's election system works well in terms of efficiency and fairness, but they're also concerned recent court rulings could prompt changes. (Popov/Adobe Stock)
Many voting-rights advocates believe Utah's election system works well in terms of efficiency and fairness, but they're also concerned recent court rulings could prompt changes. (Popov/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a pair of Arizona "election security" laws that many experts believe will …

A Supreme Court ruling this week upholding a pair of Arizona election laws could open the door for other states to pass restrictive "election security" laws. (Flickr)<br />
A Supreme Court ruling this week upholding a pair of Arizona election laws could open the door for other states to pass restrictive "election security" laws. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a pair of Arizona "election security" laws that many experts believe will …

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Lobbying firms have enjoyed few limits after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, where the high court confirmed that money was a form of protected speech. (Adobe Stock)
Lobbying firms have enjoyed few limits after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, where the high court confirmed that money was a form of protected speech. (Adobe Stock)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A new Common Cause Nebraska report showed last year, more than $18 million was invested in lobbying efforts in Nebraska. By …

The 2020 election cycle saw more than $1 billion in "dark money" spending at the federal level, according to opensecrets.org. (Adobe Stock)
The 2020 election cycle saw more than $1 billion in "dark money" spending at the federal level, according to opensecrets.org. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the last two months, two polls have found West Virginia voters have concerns about so-called "dark money" in politics…

Accessing health insurance has been a major barrier for small businesses during COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)
Accessing health insurance has been a major barrier for small businesses during COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Consumers, employers, and small business owners in Wyoming and across the U.S. agree that it's time to go big on health care reform…

Much like homeless shelters in the U.S., groups that provide international aid say the new coronavirus could spread rapidly through refugee camps. (Adobe Stock)
Much like homeless shelters in the U.S., groups that provide international aid say the new coronavirus could spread rapidly through refugee camps. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- An international relief group based in Minnesota is used to responding to conflicts all over the globe, but the pandemic has left it …

The Trump administration's reinstatement of a travel ban to Cuba makes it far more difficult for Americans to visit, reducing tourism dollars local residents had come to rely on. (hoeldino/Pixabay)
The Trump administration's reinstatement of a travel ban to Cuba makes it far more difficult for Americans to visit, reducing tourism dollars local residents had come to rely on. (hoeldino/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota was at the forefront of bringing a slice of American culture to Cuba in 2015, but any continuation of that effort …

Public News Service joins the Trust Project, along with news outlets in the U.S, Europe and Central and South America. (The Trust Project)
Public News Service joins the Trust Project, along with news outlets in the U.S, Europe and Central and South America. (The Trust Project)

BOULDER, Colo. - As people struggle to find trusted news and information, Colorado News Connection and its network Public News Service are …

Alden Global Capital controls more than 100 local and regional newspapers, and the number of staff members at those papers has been reduced by more than twice the national industry average since 2012. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)
Alden Global Capital controls more than 100 local and regional newspapers, and the number of staff members at those papers has been reduced by more than twice the national industry average since 2012. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO - A hedge fund's purchase of the Chicago Tribune is in the works - but until it becomes official, members of the Chicago Tribune Guild are …

Missouri could become one of 14 states to take legislative action on media literacy, if lawmakers pass a bill to incorporate it into K-12 education. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)
Missouri could become one of 14 states to take legislative action on media literacy, if lawmakers pass a bill to incorporate it into K-12 education. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker introduced a bill which would add media literacy training to the public-school curriculum. House Bill 74 …

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The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is helping plant life come back to areas near the former site of the Elwha River Dam. (Mike McHenry)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is helping plant life come back to areas near the former site of the Elwha River Dam. (Mike McHenry)

By Lindsay VanSomeren for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Washington News Service reporting for the YES! Media-Public News …

A young girl holds the name of an Indigenous teen tied to a former Native American boarding school in Rapid City. (SiouxSanLands)
A young girl holds the name of an Indigenous teen tied to a former Native American boarding school in Rapid City. (SiouxSanLands)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- This week, Rapid City residents get updates on a land-transfer project involving the Native American community. The work …

Groups want to honor the native people of Montana by renaming three geographic features. (Djembayz/Wikimedia Commons)
Groups want to honor the native people of Montana by renaming three geographic features. (Djembayz/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. -- Groups in Montana are petitioning to change the names of three geographic features that now bear the name of Jefferson Davis…

The 2020 Census revealed more than 7 million people call Massachusetts home, so the Commonwealth will still have nine representatives in Congress after redistricting. (iQoncept/Adobe Stock)
The 2020 Census revealed more than 7 million people call Massachusetts home, so the Commonwealth will still have nine representatives in Congress after redistricting. (iQoncept/Adobe Stock)

BOSTON -- Every ten years, after the Census, local municipalities usually draw new precinct boundaries before state lawmakers draw new voting …

In Pennsylvania, if you're in prison in connection to a misdemeanor or parole violation, you are still eligible to vote. (Adobe Stock)
In Pennsylvania, if you're in prison in connection to a misdemeanor or parole violation, you are still eligible to vote. (Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania should get some 2020 Census data this summer, to be used in the redistricting process. But some groups want the state …

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and five Independents. (Adobe Stock)
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and five Independents. (Adobe Stock)

DEARBORN, Mich. -- The independent commission charged with drawing Michigan's new voting district maps for the next decade is seeking public comments …

Raising women's hourly wages to match those of Wyoming men would add $153 million in labor income in a single year, a report says. (Adobe Stock)
Raising women's hourly wages to match those of Wyoming men would add $153 million in labor income in a single year, a report says. (Adobe Stock)

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Women left the workforce during the pandemic at higher rates than men, and a new report suggests full economic recovery won't be …

The Institute for Women's Policy Research ranked New York 8th among states in 2019 for the number of women entering managerial and professional occupations. (Adobe Stock)
The Institute for Women's Policy Research ranked New York 8th among states in 2019 for the number of women entering managerial and professional occupations. (Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Before the pandemic, more women were in the workforce than ever before, and new research ranks New York state fifth in the country …

WIC provides breastfeeding support, nutritious food, information on healthy eating and referrals to health care for pregnant women and those with young children. (Nappy Studio)
WIC provides breastfeeding support, nutritious food, information on healthy eating and referrals to health care for pregnant women and those with young children. (Nappy Studio)

RALEIGH, NC -- Barriers to accessing a federal nutrition program for moms and babies persist in North Carolina, but new research shows loosening the …

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About 200 child-care centers have closed in Idaho since September. (Oksana Kuzmina/Adobe Stock)
About 200 child-care centers have closed in Idaho since September. (Oksana Kuzmina/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho child-care providers closed their doors and came to the doors of the Capitol this week to call on lawmakers to approve federal …

It's estimated there are around one million LGBTQ veterans who served in the various branches of the U.S. military. (Adobe Stock)<br />
It's estimated there are around one million LGBTQ veterans who served in the various branches of the U.S. military. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A ten-week education program that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity aims to reduce health disparities among …

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced a comprehensive strategy to address gun violence, which has increased in cities like Philadelphia since the start of the pandemic. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced a comprehensive strategy to address gun violence, which has increased in cities like Philadelphia since the start of the pandemic. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA -- The Biden administration has a new federal strategy to address gun violence surging in cities across the country, including …

An average of five people per week died by gun violence in Massachusetts in 2019, according to the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. (pfeifferv/Adobe Stock)
An average of five people per week died by gun violence in Massachusetts in 2019, according to the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. (pfeifferv/Adobe Stock)

BOSTON -- Gun-safety advocates in Massachusetts are looking to put pressure on lawmakers to tackle the nationwide epidemic of gun violence on National…

In 2019, 163 Mainers died from injury by firearm. (fotomek/Adobe Stock)
In 2019, 163 Mainers died from injury by firearm. (fotomek/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and gun-safety advocates in Maine are urging the Legislature to take up bills they …

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Long celebrated by African Americans, Juneteenth often is viewed as an overlooked moment in U.S. history. But it's now a recognized holiday in North Dakota, and the 12th federal holiday. (Adobe Stock)
Long celebrated by African Americans, Juneteenth often is viewed as an overlooked moment in U.S. history. But it's now a recognized holiday in North Dakota, and the 12th federal holiday. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakotans will gather in Fargo and Grand Forks tomorrow to celebrate Juneteenth, which recognizes the end of slavery. With the …

Porter Williams, founder of the South Dakota African-American History Museum, gives a tour in 2020. (S.D. African-American History Museum)
Porter Williams, founder of the South Dakota African-American History Museum, gives a tour in 2020. (S.D. African-American History Museum)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota might not come up as often as other states when learning about Black History Month. But a museum in Sioux Falls is …

Last year, the national group Stop AAPI Hate reported it received a total of 2,583 incidents of discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (Adobe Stock)
Last year, the national group Stop AAPI Hate reported it received a total of 2,583 incidents of discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A key advocacy group for Asian Americans in Minnesota hopes the country is turning the corner on reducing hateful rhetoric toward commu…

Last year, blood donation centers were trying to reassure the public that giving blood was safe during the pandemic. Now, as the people return to pre-pandemic life, they're asking to help curb the nation's blood shortage. (Adobe Stock)
Last year, blood donation centers were trying to reassure the public that giving blood was safe during the pandemic. Now, as the people return to pre-pandemic life, they're asking to help curb the nation's blood shortage. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies in North Dakota and around the country. It's a combination of trauma …

From transportation to housing, Bismarck is resetting its vision for the city's livability factors, hearing from older residents. (Adobe Stock)
From transportation to housing, Bismarck is resetting its vision for the city's livability factors, hearing from older residents. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bismarck is laying out its vision for future planning. As ideas come together, it has become the first North Dakota city to adopt a …

Julie Manuel, left, was the winner of the 2020 Andrus Award in Oregon. (Joyce DeMonnin/AARP Oregon)
Julie Manuel, left, was the winner of the 2020 Andrus Award in Oregon. (Joyce DeMonnin/AARP Oregon)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The call is out for Oregonians who are making a difference in their communities through volunteering. AARP has opened nominations …

Following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, at least 5.4 million donors gave about $774 million to 32 crisis response and aid groups, according to Charity Navigator. (doi.gov)
Following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, at least 5.4 million donors gave about $774 million to 32 crisis response and aid groups, according to Charity Navigator. (doi.gov)

HOUSTON - When the unexpected winter storm hit Texas in February, foundations, corporations and individual donors stepped up to help communities …

While well intentioned, the philanthropic sector has faced critisim in recent years, including claims of colorblind grantmaking. (Adobe Stock)
While well intentioned, the philanthropic sector has faced critisim in recent years, including claims of colorblind grantmaking. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The world of philanthropy isn't immune from the need to improve workplace culture as society demands greater equity. One Minnesota …

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Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is the sponsor of a bill to require a congressional declaration of war before the president can authorize a nuclear-weapons launch. (Alice Donovan Rouse/StockSnap)
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is the sponsor of a bill to require a congressional declaration of war before the president can authorize a nuclear-weapons launch. (Alice Donovan Rouse/StockSnap)

BOSTON -- With a United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons now in place, Massachusetts advocates for peace, including Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.…

Retired Navy Lt. (J.G.) Robert Pennoyer served in Japan during and after the surrender in 1945. (Robert Pennoyer)
Retired Navy Lt. (J.G.) Robert Pennoyer served in Japan during and after the surrender in 1945. (Robert Pennoyer)

BOSTON -- Seventy-five years ago this Saturday, Imperial Japan announced its surrender, ending World War II. Now, an American survivor of Iwo Jima …

The COVID-19 pandemic is severely disrupting the lives of Utah's children, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Philip Steury/Adobe Stock)
The COVID-19 pandemic is severely disrupting the lives of Utah's children, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Philip Steury/Adobe Stock)

PROVO, Utah -- The COVID-19 pandemic and its side-effects - job loss, poverty, hunger and the threat of homelessness - have hit Americans hard in 2020…

More than 20% of Arizonans have reported feeling "depressed or hopeless" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Maridav/Adobe Stock)
More than 20% of Arizonans have reported feeling "depressed or hopeless" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Maridav/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- A new report details the struggles of many Arizona families in the COVID-19 crisis, from unstable housing and hunger to a lack of health …

A new report says most parents are under the assumption that a child can always voice a preference in a custody dispute. But 13 states don't require the court system to consider the child's opinion. (Adobe Stock)
A new report says most parents are under the assumption that a child can always voice a preference in a custody dispute. But 13 states don't require the court system to consider the child's opinion. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- More than a dozen states, including South Dakota, don't require a judge to factor in a child's preference when making custody …

 

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