Monday, October 25, 2021

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Younger children may soon be able to get the COVID vaccine, plus a legal dispute over social-studies standards in South Dakota simmers over references to Native American culture.

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President Biden makes his case for his spending package in New Jersey as Sen. Joe Manchin says a deal could be reached this week; plus former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testifies before Parliament in London.

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An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

More than 100 Mexican gray wolves have been poached by humans since the lobos were added to the Endangered Species List in the 1980s. Fewer than 200 are left in the U.S. (Majurik/Adobe Stock)
More than 100 Mexican gray wolves have been poached by humans since the lobos were added to the Endangered Species List in the 1980s. Fewer than 200 are left in the U.S. (Majurik/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has six months to develop new language in its Mexican gray wolf recovery plan, after a judge ruled …

The National Wildlife Federation warns hunters and anglers in Arizona and elsewhere to act now to save their favorite outdoor habitats from the dangers of climate change. (Christine Glade/Adobe Stock)
The National Wildlife Federation warns hunters and anglers in Arizona and elsewhere to act now to save their favorite outdoor habitats from the dangers of climate change. (Christine Glade/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- A new report found climate change is affecting public lands used by Arizona hunters and anglers, and encouraged them to join the …

Native American students, most of them barefoot, sit for lessons in a crowded classroom inside the Walapai Indian School in Kingman, Ariz., circa 1900. (Wikimedia Commons)
Native American students, most of them barefoot, sit for lessons in a crowded classroom inside the Walapai Indian School in Kingman, Ariz., circa 1900. (Wikimedia Commons)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tribal colleges and universities in Arizona and across the nation are teaching the next generation of pre-K and elementary-school …

AARP is calling on lawmakers to increase access to less expensive generic drugs, and cap out-of-pocket costs for people living on fixed incomes. (Adobe Stock)
AARP is calling on lawmakers to increase access to less expensive generic drugs, and cap out-of-pocket costs for people living on fixed incomes. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, October 25, 2021
DENVER - The average price for specialty prescription drugs - medicines used to treat complex, chronic conditions - rose to more than $84,000 in 2020…

California, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia were selected for the REACH Collaborative for their efforts to serve and support adult learners and demonstrated commitment to equitable student success. (Adobe Stock)
California, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia were selected for the REACH Collaborative for their efforts to serve and support adult learners and demonstrated commitment to equitable student success. (Adobe Stock)

DENVER - On Wednesday, leaders from Colorado's 13 community colleges joined a national effort to help more of the state's adults get credentials and …

The U.S. Postal Service has said 70% of its First Class Mail volume would still be received in one to three days, despite service changes initiated to save the agency money. (Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Postal Service has said 70% of its First Class Mail volume would still be received in one to three days, despite service changes initiated to save the agency money. (Adobe Stock)

BOULDER, Colo. -- Ahead of the busiest season of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, some Colorado labor organizers are voicing concerns about the …

More than 70% of documented Mexican gray wolf deaths are human-caused, according to the environmental law firm Earthjustice. (Rebecca Bose/Wolf Conservation Center)
More than 70% of documented Mexican gray wolf deaths are human-caused, according to the environmental law firm Earthjustice. (Rebecca Bose/Wolf Conservation Center)

ALBUQUERUE, N.M. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has six months to develop new language in its Mexican gray wolf recovery plan, after a judge …

Since the pandemic, New Mexico has started 49 new food-distribution points in seven counties, according to the Roadrunner Food Bank. (NAACP)
Since the pandemic, New Mexico has started 49 new food-distribution points in seven counties, according to the Roadrunner Food Bank. (NAACP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- As the pandemic wanes, hunger and food insecurity are also on the decline, but the need is still far above pre-pandemic levels…

The Native American Voting Rights Act, recently introduced in Congress, would give tribes a say in where and how many polling places are located on tribal lands. (idigenousaction.org)
The Native American Voting Rights Act, recently introduced in Congress, would give tribes a say in where and how many polling places are located on tribal lands. (idigenousaction.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A New Mexico museum is in the first stage of creating an exhibit devoted to the history of indigenous voting. As recently as 1962…

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The Texas Main Street Program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. (the.texas.gov)
The Texas Main Street Program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. (the.texas.gov)

HOUSTON -- Many U.S. communities with bustling downtowns were better prepared to weather economic fallout from the pandemic, thanks to a decades-old …

Texas has more registered firearms than any state in the nation. (bradyunited.org)
Texas has more registered firearms than any state in the nation. (bradyunited.org)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas has some of the weakest gun laws in America, and gun-control advocates say the permissive attitude may be why a student …

Between 2000 and 2010, Texas' population increased by nearly 4.3 million, more than in all other states, with Houston adding 200,000 residents. (act014/Pixabay)
Between 2000 and 2010, Texas' population increased by nearly 4.3 million, more than in all other states, with Houston adding 200,000 residents. (act014/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Data from the 2020 U.S. Census showed 95% of Texas' population growth came from minorities, but the proposed redistricting map …

Research shows low-income families spend a much higher percentage of their income on food than families with a higher income. (Adobe Stock)
Research shows low-income families spend a much higher percentage of their income on food than families with a higher income. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 22, 2021
OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …

Droughts caused by climate change can lower water levels in creeks and streams and affect water quality, making it difficult, if not impossible, for anglers to pursue their sport. (Mikhail/Adobe Stock)
Droughts caused by climate change can lower water levels in creeks and streams and affect water quality, making it difficult, if not impossible, for anglers to pursue their sport. (Mikhail/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Few people spend as much time in the wilderness as hunters and anglers, and a new report aims to be a springboard to bring their …

More than 300,000 Utahns have graduated from college with significant amounts of debt, but many in careers considered public service could have their loans forgiven. (kimmytws/Adobe Stock)
More than 300,000 Utahns have graduated from college with significant amounts of debt, but many in careers considered public service could have their loans forgiven. (kimmytws/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Major changes are coming to the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that could have a big …

 

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