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Group wants rollbacks of some IA voting restrictions; RSV, Flu, COVID: KY faces "Triple Threat" this winter; Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

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The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

The Illinois Workers' Right Amendment expands workers' ability to form a union, but opponents say they will likely challenge the measure in court. (Nelos/Adobe Stock)
The Illinois Workers' Right Amendment expands workers' ability to form a union, but opponents say they will likely challenge the measure in court. (Nelos/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Illinois voters approved a "Workers' Rights Amendment" to the state constitution which broadens the state workforce's rights to collective bargaining…

A study by the Healthcare Cost Institute found the average price of insulin has nearly doubled since 2012. (Ratmaner/Adobestock)
A study by the Healthcare Cost Institute found the average price of insulin has nearly doubled since 2012. (Ratmaner/Adobestock)

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and almost 1.3 million Illinoisans have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the American …

Conservation efforts by the National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups restored the U.S. wild turkey population from near extinction to thriving in almost every state in the country. (Brett/Adobe Stock)
Conservation efforts by the National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups restored the U.S. wild turkey population from near extinction to thriving in almost every state in the country. (Brett/Adobe Stock)

Environmental groups are calling efforts over the past half-century to restore the wild turkey population from the brink of extinction one of America'…

Early diagnosis rates in America have increased 17% over the last five years. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Early diagnosis rates in America have increased 17% over the last five years. (Adobe Stock)

The American Lung Association has released its 2022 State of Lung Cancer report, which shows Indiana has some work to do. The leading cause of lung …

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 and has been cosponsored by the Small Business Administration since 2011. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)
Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 and has been cosponsored by the Small Business Administration since 2011. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options, with Small Business Saturday being observed Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …

Indiana has maintained an average of four wild turkeys per square mile in recent years. (Adobe Stock)
Indiana has maintained an average of four wild turkeys per square mile in recent years. (Adobe Stock)

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, many may not realize a century ago, wild turkeys were near extinction. Conservation groups point to their …

According to the Brennan Center, at least one bill with a provision restricting access to voting was introduced in the legislature of every state except Vermont in 2021. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Brennan Center, at least one bill with a provision restricting access to voting was introduced in the legislature of every state except Vermont in 2021. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, December 2, 2022
The Iowa League of Women Voters plans to ask the Iowa Legislature to rethink the voting restrictions put in place prior to last month's midterm electi…

The gold dome on the Iowa Capitol has been gilded five times. The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23.75 karats. (Adobe Stock)
The gold dome on the Iowa Capitol has been gilded five times. The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23.75 karats. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …

The deer population in Iowa is estimated to number at least 445,000. (Adobe Stock)
The deer population in Iowa is estimated to number at least 445,000. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Wildlife biologists are warning Iowa hunters to have their deer tested for a deadly condition known to attack the animal's brain. Chronic Wasting …

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A new report on the cost of water bills estimates that 6.7% of Michigan consumers, or 668,000 residents, pay more for water than they can afford.  (motiontion/Adobe Stock)
A new report on the cost of water bills estimates that 6.7% of Michigan consumers, or 668,000 residents, pay more for water than they can afford. (motiontion/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…

Students in the Career Launch Program learn a trade through working several hours a week on a flexible schedule, with competitive wages increased at regular intervals. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
Students in the Career Launch Program learn a trade through working several hours a week on a flexible schedule, with competitive wages increased at regular intervals. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

With the cost of a four-year college education approaching six figures at some institutions, many students are looking at apprenticeships to train …

A study by the Healthcare Cost Institute found the average price of insulin has nearly doubled since 2012. (neirfy/Adobe stock)
A study by the Healthcare Cost Institute found the average price of insulin has nearly doubled since 2012. (neirfy/Adobe stock)

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and more than 900,000 Michiganders have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the American …

Officials at the state's Department of Natural Resources say last year's drought in Minnesota was likely the worst one seen since 1988. (Adobe Stock)
Officials at the state's Department of Natural Resources say last year's drought in Minnesota was likely the worst one seen since 1988. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …

Surveys show that most Americans recognize our deep political divisions are not good for the nation. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)
Surveys show that most Americans recognize our deep political divisions are not good for the nation. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
The holidays can be stressful, and our deeply divided political times can make it harder to see family, but efforts across the country are happening …

In the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, nearly 150 11th graders reported obtaining scratch-off tickets on a daily basis. (Adobe Stock)
In the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, nearly 150 11th graders reported obtaining scratch-off tickets on a daily basis. (Adobe Stock)

With Thanksgiving over, the holiday shopping season has the full attention of many Americans. But in Minnesota and elsewhere, people are being asked …

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More than 25% of Missourians will be older than 60 by 2040. (Adobe Stock)
More than 25% of Missourians will be older than 60 by 2040. (Adobe Stock)

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which focuses attention on the unpaid care work of family members. The care provided by families …

Every dollar spent at small businesses creates an additional 48 cents in local economic activity, according to an AMEX study. (Adobe Stock)
Every dollar spent at small businesses creates an additional 48 cents in local economic activity, according to an AMEX study. (Adobe Stock)

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …

Wild turkeys in Missouri are the eastern subspecies, one of five subspecies in North America. (Alison Toon/Adobe Stock)
Wild turkeys in Missouri are the eastern subspecies, one of five subspecies in North America. (Alison Toon/Adobe Stock)

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, many may not realize a century ago, wild turkeys were near extinction. Conservation groups point to their …

An estimated 64,875 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2020, according to the National Fire Protection Association. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 64,875 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2020, according to the National Fire Protection Association. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nebraska has had a number of deadly and destructive fires this year, and nearly half the state remains in extreme or exceptional drought. If it is as …

There are five types of childcare facilities licensed in Nebraska, although people can care for up to three children in a home setting without being licensed by DHHS. (Adobe Stock)
There are five types of childcare facilities licensed in Nebraska, although people can care for up to three children in a home setting without being licensed by DHHS. (Adobe Stock)

As a way to reward those who have stayed in the child care field, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is offering $66 million in …

Wild turkeys are among the many Nebraska species that would benefit from Recovering America's Wildlife Act funds. (Adobe Stock)
Wild turkeys are among the many Nebraska species that would benefit from Recovering America's Wildlife Act funds. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska naturalists and hunters are accustomed to seeing an abundance of wild turkeys, but it has not always been the case. Conservation programs …

Despite the recent end to federal abortion protections, several states that followed through with strict bans have seen them put on hold through court challenges. (Adobe Stock)
Despite the recent end to federal abortion protections, several states that followed through with strict bans have seen them put on hold through court challenges. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
The legal fight over North Dakota's abortion ban continues, and oral arguments about one element of the case were heard by the state Supreme Court …

There are only 350 black-footed ferrets remaining in the wild, according to a conservation group working with governments, nonprofits and private landowners to maintain and expand recovery sites for the animal. (Adobe Stock)
There are only 350 black-footed ferrets remaining in the wild, according to a conservation group working with governments, nonprofits and private landowners to maintain and expand recovery sites for the animal. (Adobe Stock)

Wildlife advocates want more species to have the same shot at the type of recovery wild turkeys experienced. The game birds were once hunted to near-…

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Almost 60% of Black students and 50% of Latino students experience food insecurity, compared with 30% of their non-Hispanic white peers, according to a study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Almost 60% of Black students and 50% of Latino students experience food insecurity, compared with 30% of their non-Hispanic white peers, according to a study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, December 2, 2022
By Jala Forest / Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Nearly 40% of college students a…

Hydraulic fracturing relies on water supplies from ponds, streams and reservoirs, which research suggests can impact water flow. (Ohio Northern University)
Hydraulic fracturing relies on water supplies from ponds, streams and reservoirs, which research suggests can impact water flow. (Ohio Northern University)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …

Research indicates the number of women who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury secondary to domestic violence is 11 to 12 times greater than experienced by military personnel and athletes combined. (Adobe Stock)
Research indicates the number of women who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury secondary to domestic violence is 11 to 12 times greater than experienced by military personnel and athletes combined. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
A new statewide initiative aims to help connect domestic-violence survivors with medical providers, with a focus on treating traumatic brain injury…

A number of arts programs for seniors involve painting on canvas. But community outreach leaders say something even simpler, such as doodling on a notepad, can help an older adult exercise the creative parts of their brain. (Adobe Stock)
A number of arts programs for seniors involve painting on canvas. But community outreach leaders say something even simpler, such as doodling on a notepad, can help an older adult exercise the creative parts of their brain. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, December 2, 2022
Winter is here, leaving many older South Dakotans vulnerable to social isolation. But a growing body of research, as well as opportunities, shows …

Kelsey Scott, left, operates DX Beef in South Dakota. Scott is a fourth-generation Native American farmer who practices regenerative agriculture. (Photo courtesy of SJN)
Kelsey Scott, left, operates DX Beef in South Dakota. Scott is a fourth-generation Native American farmer who practices regenerative agriculture. (Photo courtesy of SJN)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

Fire-safety experts recommend keeping space heaters at least three feet away from things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture. (Adobe Stock)
Fire-safety experts recommend keeping space heaters at least three feet away from things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
After the calendar flips to December, South Dakota will see the return of colder temperatures during a period of higher natural-gas costs. Fire …

According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, cover-crop acres in the United States have increased to 10 million. (Adobe Stock)
According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, cover-crop acres in the United States have increased to 10 million. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, December 2, 2022
Agriculture groups and government agencies aren't slowing down in trying to convince farmers to use more sustainable practices such as cover crops…

The U.S. saw an increase in Black-owned businesses between 2017 and 2019, but their supporters worry the pandemic may have derailed that progress. (Adobe Stock)
The U.S. saw an increase in Black-owned businesses between 2017 and 2019, but their supporters worry the pandemic may have derailed that progress. (Adobe Stock)

The holiday shopping season is here, and people are being reminded about the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses, in Wisconsin and …

Each year in Wisconsin, an estimated 5 to 10% of people with prediabetes progress to developing Type 2 diabetes. (Adobe Stock)
Each year in Wisconsin, an estimated 5 to 10% of people with prediabetes progress to developing Type 2 diabetes. (Adobe Stock)

November is National Diabetes Month, spotlighting a disease affecting millions of Americans. In Wisconsin, state health officials say more than 525,0…

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