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As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; More hostages released as Israel-Hamas truce deadline approaches; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

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An expulsion vote looms for Rep. George Santos, the Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits against district maps and the Supreme Court hears a case which could cut the power of federal agencies.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

LGBTQIA+ Issues

After her doctor retired in 2020, Albuquerque's Anne Withrow faced a long waiting list for transgender health care. (photo courtesy of Cecilia Nowell)<br />

Monday, November 27, 2023

NM's gender-affirming policy generates waitlists for health care

By Cecilia Nowell for KFF Health News.Broadcast version by Roz Brown for New Mexico News Connection reporting for the KFF Health News-Public News Serv…

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For a proposed initiative to qualify for a California ballot, backers must gather more than 546,000 signatures by next April. (Mariusz/Adobe Stock)
Signature gathering starts for CA initiative to restrict transgender student rights

Three proposed ballot initiatives affecting transgender students are now in the signature-gathering stage in California. The group Protect Kids …

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Attendees pose for a picture at a recent open house for the Transformation Project's new Prism Center in Sioux Falls. (Photo courtesy of the Transformation Project)
SD celebrates state's first LGBTQ resource center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for next week as a South Dakota organization begins serving LGBTQ individuals at its new resource space…

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People with additional years of education beyond high school tend to be more civic-minded and interact more with neighbors and family members, according to a recent Gallup poll. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)
Increasingly, politics make their way into students' college choices

By Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.Broadcast version by Farah Siddiqi for Michigan News Connection reporting for The Hechinger Report-Public News …

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College students walk on the quadrangle lawn of the Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. (Adobe Stock)
America’s 'culture wars' influence students' choice of college campuses

By Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.Broadcast version by Roz Brown for Texas News Service reporting for The Hechinger Report-Public News Service Co…

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Military veterans report that the biggest barrier returning to college is feeling that they won't be welcomed. (Adobe Stock)
America’s culture wars advancing on college campuses

High school graduates are considering state and university positions on a number of hot-button issues - including abortion, gun, and anti-LGBTQ laws -…

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At the federal level, hate crime laws include crimes committed on the basis of the victim's perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. (Argus/Adobe Stock)
Kansas City reassures residents after MO spike in religion-based hate crimes

Some Missourians fear an increase in hate crimes in the wake of a six-year-old's murder in Illinois this week - an incident authorities say was motiva…

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School boards play integral roles in how school districts are governed. (designbydx/Adobe Stock)
Far-right candidates running in WA school board races

Extreme candidates are running for school boards across Washington state, and if they win, opponents warned they could threaten the safety of some …

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In addition to the United States,
NM observes 35 years of 'National Coming Out Day'

Unlike more conservative states, New Mexico has seen prominent advances in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in recent decades; a good …

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The National Institutes of Health encourages older people to practice safe sex no matter how old they are, as cases of HIV/AIDS among older people are on the increase. (Adobe Stock)
AARP-VA holds workshops on sexual health, dating after 50

Sex and relationships after age 50 are the topics of a series of online workshops hosted by AARP Virginia, starting tonight. The group says the idea …

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Until recently, school boards were often free of politics. But pushback against COVID-19 measures, teachings about race and book-ban movements have made them a part of culture war debates in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Concerns mount over 'extreme' school board candidates in MN

Nearly 100 school board elections are coming up in Minnesota this fall, with some gaining attention because of the candidates who are running…

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Republican lawmakers have introduced 40 bills targeting colleges and universities since 2022 in an effort to end practices including DEI trainings, and classes that deal with systemic racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege. (Adobe Stock)
Colorado College offers HAVEN for transfer students from anti-DEI states

In a growing backlash since the nation was rocked by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, five states have now passed anti-diversity…

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