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Following a settlement with tribes, SD phases In voting-access reforms; older voters: formidable factor in Maine gubernatorial race; walking: a simple way to boost heart health.

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Biden makes a major move on marijuana laws; the U.S. and its allies begin exercises amid North Korean threats; and Generation Z says it's paying close attention to the 2022 midterms.

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Rural residents are more vulnerable to a winter wave of COVID-19, branding could be key for rural communities attracting newcomers, and the Lummi Nation's totem pole made it from Washington state to D.C.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 155 million Americans live in a designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Area. (Adobe Stock)
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 155 million Americans live in a designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Area. (Adobe Stock)

With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6 is a reminder to Illinoisans …

Study authors found that 80-90% of Americans underestimate the support for major climate change mitigation policies. (Adobe Stock)
Study authors found that 80-90% of Americans underestimate the support for major climate change mitigation policies. (Adobe Stock)

The political divide over climate change seems well entrenched, but a recent study suggested the conventional wisdom is wrong. The study, published …

The Lake County Gun Violence Prevention Initiative is partnering with community groups to interrupt cycles of gun violence. (Adobe Stock)<br />
The Lake County Gun Violence Prevention Initiative is partnering with community groups to interrupt cycles of gun violence. (Adobe Stock)

State and local leaders are joining community groups for a call to action this weekend to draw attention to efforts to support at-risk youth in Illino…

The National Alliance on Mental Health reports 11% of American adults with mental illness lacked health insurance coverage in 2020. (Adobe Stock)
The National Alliance on Mental Health reports 11% of American adults with mental illness lacked health insurance coverage in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6 is a reminder to Hoosiers to …

Hispanic students account for about 4.7% of nursing school graduates in Indiana compared to 7.1% of the state's general population. (Adobe Stock)
Hispanic students account for about 4.7% of nursing school graduates in Indiana compared to 7.1% of the state's general population. (Adobe Stock)

Nurses are at the forefront of patient outcomes, and experts say a workforce that better reflects the population it serves can help reduce healthcare …

Pew Research reports 97% of American adults own a cell phone. (Adobe Stock)
Pew Research reports 97% of American adults own a cell phone. (Adobe Stock)

Evidentiary hearings are underway in a Washington, D.C., courtroom this week, to decide if a massive lawsuit against the cellphone industry will be …

The U.S. Postal Service has more than 650,000 employees nationwide. (Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Postal Service has more than 650,000 employees nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring 28,000 seasonal employees for the holidays. Union leaders in Iowa say they're mindful of the need for strong …

Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)

The U.S. is talking with several nations as part of an emerging framework for trade policy, and in the Midwest, there are concerns about the ripple …

Agriculture experts say improving soil health on farmland is one of several components to reducing emissions from conventional farming. (Adobe Stock)
Agriculture experts say improving soil health on farmland is one of several components to reducing emissions from conventional farming. (Adobe Stock)

Agriculture researchers say if the U.S. wants more farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices, they will need to be offered some proven incentives…

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The U.S. Postal Service expects this year it will deliver more than 12 billion letters, cards and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Postal Service expects this year it will deliver more than 12 billion letters, cards and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
The U.S. Postal Service is hiring 28,000 seasonal employees ahead of the surge in end-of-year holiday letters and packages for facilities in Michigan …

Asian carp are known for their jumping ability, and officials are concerned that if their numbers are allowed to grow, they could devastate the entire Great Lakes ecology. (National Wildlife Federation)
Asian carp are known for their jumping ability, and officials are concerned that if their numbers are allowed to grow, they could devastate the entire Great Lakes ecology. (National Wildlife Federation)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
A new film documenting the battle to prevent an invasive species of Asian carp from taking hold in the Great Lakes is drawing large numbers of viewers…

The number of absentee ballots requested by Michigan voters increased by 73% between the 2018 and 2020 elections, according to the Michigan Secretary of State. (JimCanally/Adobe Stock)
The number of absentee ballots requested by Michigan voters increased by 73% between the 2018 and 2020 elections, according to the Michigan Secretary of State. (JimCanally/Adobe Stock)

CLARIFICATION: Lynna Kaucheck is the communications manager for Progress Michigan, and the group is not a sponsor of MichiganVoting.org. Dates to …

The U.S. Postal Service has more than 650,000 employees nationwide. (Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Postal Service has more than 650,000 employees nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
The U.S. Postal Service is hiring an additional 28,000 seasonal employees for the holidays. It coincides with more demands within the nation's labor …

In recent years, a range of studies and reports show Minnesota has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation, including in the areas of homeownership and education. (Adobe Stock)
In recent years, a range of studies and reports show Minnesota has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation, including in the areas of homeownership and education. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
On the heels of a regional conference, multiple groups are working on new solutions for reducing the poverty gap in Minnesota. Nonprofits, …

In Minnesota, an estimated 64-thousand people care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities. (Adobe Stock)
In Minnesota, an estimated 64-thousand people care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities. (Adobe Stock)

Issues such as crime and safety are getting a lot of attention on the campaign trail in Minnesota, but those who have taken on the role of family …

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The Help America Vote act of 2002 requires each polling place have at least one accessible voting system. (Adobe Stock)
The Help America Vote act of 2002 requires each polling place have at least one accessible voting system. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
With absentee voting under way, election season has arrived in Missouri, but voters with disabilities still face challenges. While poll workers can …

KFF reports MO HealthNet covers two thirds of all Missouri nursing home residents. (Adobe Stock)
KFF reports MO HealthNet covers two thirds of all Missouri nursing home residents. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
With health care as a hot topic of debate in the contest for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat, attention is being drawn back to the state's Medicaid …

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that each year, 21 million American adults experience a major depressive episode. (Adobe Stock)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that each year, 21 million American adults experience a major depressive episode. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day Oct. 6 is a reminder to Missourians to …

If voters approve Initiative Measure 433, once the wage reaches $15 an hour it will be adjusted every year to account for any increases in the cost of living. (Adobe Stock)
If voters approve Initiative Measure 433, once the wage reaches $15 an hour it will be adjusted every year to account for any increases in the cost of living. (Adobe Stock)

Ballots for the November election are headed to mailboxes across the state, and Nebraska voters will get to decide if the state's minimum wage should …

Union representatives claim Amazon, as the general contractor and owner of a distribution site under construction, is responsible for all the work on their job site, and paying workers for installing conveyor systems. (Adobe Stock)
Union representatives claim Amazon, as the general contractor and owner of a distribution site under construction, is responsible for all the work on their job site, and paying workers for installing conveyor systems. (Adobe Stock)

Some 140 workers at an Amazon distribution center in Papillion have still not been paid for two weeks of work done in August. Dan Riskowski…

Children of color are more likely than white kids to experience the death of a parent, as are children living in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)
Children of color are more likely than white kids to experience the death of a parent, as are children living in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska is one of six states participating in "No Child Grieves Alone," a series of regional conferences aiming to help communities recover after the…

The Environmental Defense Fund estimates methane emissions account for at least 25% of global warming. (Adobe Stock)
The Environmental Defense Fund estimates methane emissions account for at least 25% of global warming. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
A new study found gas flaring in oil-producing states like North Dakota is not as effective in limiting harmful emissions when compared to long-standi…

In addition to protecting programs such as Social Security, older North Dakotans have told AARP reducing the threat of scams is another one of their top priorities. (Adobe Stock)
In addition to protecting programs such as Social Security, older North Dakotans have told AARP reducing the threat of scams is another one of their top priorities. (Adobe Stock)

Early voting for the fall election begins one week from today in North Dakota. Candidate debates are on the horizon, too, and older residents are …

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The average monthly Social Security benefit in August was $1,546. (Adobe Stock)
The average monthly Social Security benefit in August was $1,546. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
The roughly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security income are expected to get a big boost in benefits, but advocates for the program are …

One in five Ohioans surveyed said threats to democracy are a top concern before the 2022 midterms.(Adobe Stock)
One in five Ohioans surveyed said threats to democracy are a top concern before the 2022 midterms.(Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Instances of voter fraud are few and far between, but Ohio election officials want to ensure voters have confidence in the integrity of the system…

Around 41,000 part-time Postal Service employees have converted into career roles in January. (Atomic Taco/Flickr)
Around 41,000 part-time Postal Service employees have converted into career roles in January. (Atomic Taco/Flickr)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Ahead of the peak mailing season, the U.S. Postal Service is going through a "ramp up" period of hiring. Because of the COVID pandemic, postal …

In a recent lawsuit, a federal judge found nearly 10 examples in which the State of South Dakota had made it difficult for Native Americans to register to vote. (Adobe Stock)
In a recent lawsuit, a federal judge found nearly 10 examples in which the State of South Dakota had made it difficult for Native Americans to register to vote. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
This election season, South Dakota is starting to implement voting-access reforms in light of a recent settlement with Native American tribes…

Health experts say child neglect can result in developmental delays, along with behavioral and emotional issues. (Adobe Stock)
Health experts say child neglect can result in developmental delays, along with behavioral and emotional issues. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
As South Dakota voters prepare to consider a proposed Medicaid expansion, emerging research suggests giving these programs a bigger reach can lead to …

Researchers say if states required more lighting and reflection on farm vehicles, traffic crashes involving this heavy equipment could decrease by more than half. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers say if states required more lighting and reflection on farm vehicles, traffic crashes involving this heavy equipment could decrease by more than half. (Adobe Stock)

As the fall harvest season takes shape in South Dakota, an agricultural specialist said there are many ways motorists and farmers can avoid crashes …

Not all states have updated their laws to allow public employees such as teachers to qualify for Social Security benefits. Wisconsin is one of the states to have taken such action. (Adobe Stock)
Not all states have updated their laws to allow public employees such as teachers to qualify for Social Security benefits. Wisconsin is one of the states to have taken such action. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Wisconsin is one of 33 states allowing Social Security benefits to be extended to teachers. As the future of the program is debated, a retired …

The manufacturing sector currently employs nearly 475,000 people in Wisconsin. (Adobe Stock)
The manufacturing sector currently employs nearly 475,000 people in Wisconsin. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Wisconsin has enjoyed a rebound in manufacturing jobs, and business owners and advocates hope policies they deem effective are prioritized to keep …

No-till farming is considered one of several conservation practices in agriculture. (Adobe Stock)
No-till farming is considered one of several conservation practices in agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

Greenhouse gas emissions have been potentially reduced by 50,000 tons in the state, with the help of Wisconsin farmers supported by a statewide …

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