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Black voters in battleground states are a crucial voting bloc in 2024; Nikki Haley says she's voting for Trump in November; healthcare advocates suggest medical collaboration to treat fibroids; distinct vibes at IU Indianapolis pro-Palestinian protest.

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The House GOP moves to strike mention of Trump's criminal trial from the record, and his former rival Nikki Haley endorses him. Meanwhile, Ohio Republicans reject a legislative fix to ensure Biden's name appears on the November ballot.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Kathleen Shannon


Kathleen Shannon (she/her) is an audio producer and writer who’s reported in camouflage, wildland fire pants, crampons and other specialized gear. She has worked at Montana Public Radio, KDNK Community Radio in Colorado and has done freelance reporting, producing and editing for various podcasts. She earned her MA in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana in Missoula, where she still lives and explores the mountains.

Honors and Awards: 2022 Crown Reporting Fellow, 2020 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Broadcasters Association

Languages Spoken: English

Topic Expertise: climate, Tribal issues, wildlife management, public lands, food systems, housing, agriculture, MMIW

Local Expertise: Rocky Mountain Region

Location: Missoula, MT

Demographic Expertise: rural, Tribal nations


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