Thursday, May 19, 2022

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U.S. mayors train to fend off increased threats and harassment, the Illinois governor signs a ban on 'Ghost Guns,' and death anxiety could play a role in Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion.

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The White House asks Congress for more pandemic support, the House passes a domestic terrorism bill, Kansas' Supreme Court upholds a new congressional map, and a House committee hears testimony on abortion access.

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From off-Broadway to West Virginia: the stories of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, baby formula is on its way back to grocery shelves, and federal funds will combat consolidation in meatpacking.

Kevin Patrick Allen


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Accountability Tool Helps Voters Navigate Political Fact, Fiction

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Iowa Farmers Prioritize Needs in New Farm Bill

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MO Business Owners, Outdoor Enthusiasts Lament Parks Remaining Closed

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Community Activists to Iowa Pork Industry: Time for a Moratorium

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Minority, Immigrant Families Face Largest Childhood Obstacles in MO

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Report: Barriers to Success Still Pervasive for Minority Children in Iowa

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National Wildlife Federation Makes Appeal as Monarchs Disappear

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EPA Urged: Avoid Hurting Iowa Farmers, General Public

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa - From Iowa's Senate delegation as well as from former federal environmental officials in Washington, warnings are being issued …


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