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Democracy Trailblazers ignite enthusiasm among teen voters; CA monster blizzard batters Tahoe, Mammoth, Sierra amid avalanche warnings; MN transportation sector could be next in line for carbon-free standard; IN teachers 'stunned' by lawmakers' bid to bypass collective bargaining.

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Nikki Haley says she may not endorse the GOP nominee, President Biden says the U-S will continue air-dropping aid into Gaza and more states look at ditching the electoral college for a national popular vote.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

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Missouri's Senate Bill 1314, similar to House Bill 2365, prohibits funds from being expended by any state department for interdepartmental programs, staffing or other initiatives associated with

Friday, March 1, 2024

New report reveals high economic risk of anti-DEI laws in Missouri

A new report finds some Missouri laws and prospective laws are perceived as discriminatory regardless of their actual intent - and it outlines some bi…

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A groundbreaking study calls for philanthropic foundations to acknowledge past harms and support reparations for Black Americans. (NCRP)
Report: Philanthropy must play role in racial reparations

A new report said philanthropic organizations need to reexamine the source of their wealth, which it asserted often came from systemic racism and …

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Studies show redistricting through an independent commission, instead of a political body, is linked to more effective politicians being sent to Congress. (Adobe Stock)
Activists: Redrawn NY congressional maps unfair to minority voters

New York activists are voicing serious concerns about the state's new congressional maps. The state's top court ordered new voting-district maps to …

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Nine in 10 voters across eight Mountain West states including Colorado want oil and gas companies, not federal and state governments, to pay for cleanup and restoration costs. (Adobe Stock)
West's Latino voters want conservation over development on public lands

Voters, including 74% of Republicans, 87% of Independents and 96% of Democrats, would support candidates in elections who prioritize conservation on …

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Data from 2021 estimated only 3.5% of organic waste generated in Baltimore was diverted for composting. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates see composting as alternative to incineration of Baltimore’s food waste

The founder of the Baltimore Compost Collective wants Baltimore to ditch trash incineration, fight climate change and grow healthier food. Marvin …

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Authors of a new study on racism hope local communities and governments will use the findings to help create more just and equitable cities. (SusanVineyard/AdobeStock)
Study: Racial prejudice related to where you live and learn

The city where you live could be making you, your family and your friends more unconsciously racist, or by contrast, it could make you less racist…

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Every registered voter in Massachusetts received an official 2024 Vote by Mail application in January. In addition to the March 5 presidential primaries, voters can also use that application to apply for mail-in ballots for the Sept. 3 state primary and Nov. 5 state election. (Adobe Stock)
MA voters urged to register, complete mail-in ballots ahead of upcoming primary

Voters in Massachusetts are being encouraged to complete their applications for mail-in ballots ahead of next month's presidential primary. The …

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Practical Farmers of Iowa now has a full-time Spanish Engagement Outreach Coordinator to assist the growing number of Latino farmers in the state. (Adobe Stock)
High demand prompts IA farm group to increase Spanish-speaking services

A rural advocacy group has invested in reaching out to Spanish-speaking farmers in Iowa - a population that has grown dramatically. There has been …

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In the late 1800s, at the dawn of the automobile age, many people across the globe believed bicycles were the key to modern mobility. (University of Wyoming)
Historic Iron Riders GPS tour rounding the corner for Sheridan launch

Historians are heading into the final stretch as they work to launch a GPS-activated audio tour commemorating a 1,900-mile trek undertaken in 1897 by …

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Census data from 2020 included population counts of nearly 1,500 race and ethnicity groups and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)
Report: MO could do better to ensure children's well-being

A new report examined children's well-being in every state and found in Missouri, the outcomes vary greatly depending on race. In its "Race for …

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A new report reveals one in four rural workers would see his or her pay increase if Pennsylvania's minimum wage were increased to $15 per hour in 2026. (Flamingo Images/Adobe Stock)
Report: 1.34 million PA workers would benefit from higher minimum wage

A new report has shed light on who would benefit most in Pennsylvania from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. More than 1.3 million …

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A Data for Progress poll finds 70% of voters, across party lines, feel colleges and universities shouldn't consider legacy status in admitting students. Only 22% said schools should be able to consider legacy status. (Adobe Stock)
CT General Assembly considers eliminating legacy admissions

Connecticut is considering ending legacy admissions -- the practice of giving preference to family members of alumni -- at all public and private coll…

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