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Multiple victims following a shooting incident on the UNLV campus; research in Georgia receives a boost for Alzheimer's treatments and cure; and a new environmental justice center helps Nebraska communities and organizations.

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Trump says he would be a dictator for one day if he wins, Kevin McCarthy is leaving the body he once led and Biden says not passing aid for Ukraine could embolden Putin.

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Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.

Alaska's Brooks Range is home to critical caribou habitat that covers about 157,000 square miles, which is equal in size to the state of Montana. (Adobe Stock)
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Opposition is growing among hunters and anglers to a proposed road in Alaska's iconic Brooks Range. The state has invested millions in the project…

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has about 6,800 students. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)
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A group of colleges is exploring ways to keep students enrolled in their first two years - the time period when they're most likely to drop out…

An assessment of whether to develop on Alaska's D-1 lands includes 28 million acres, an area larger than the state of Virginia. (BLM Alaska/Wikimedia Commons)
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Alaska tribes are urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to keep protections in place for more than 28 million acres they say are critical to …

An endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle swims off San Francisco, in September 2022. (Geoff Shester/Oceana)
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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced a marine warden discovered an endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle dead, drowned …

A CARE Court treatment plan lasts up to two years and can assist with housing, medical care, addiction treatment, counseling, and more. (SB Arts Media/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
The state's largest county has just opened the new CARE Court system, designed to get help for severely mentally ill people in Los Angeles. CARE …

The Mecca Hills, southeast of the Coachella Valley, are part of the proposed Chuckwalla National Monument. (Bureau of Land Management)
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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
California tribes are headed to the White House Tribal Nations Summit tomorrow, where they will ask Congress and the Biden administration to create …

The palila is a critically endangered finch-billed species of Hawaiian honeycreeper. (Courtesy Bret Mossman)
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Hawaii is known for its beautiful birds and wildlife advocates want to see more done to protect them from the effects of climate change. One of the …

Only 3% of Hawaii's children live without health insurance. (globalmoments/Adobe Stock)
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Hawaii's children live in economically stressed homes and it is affecting their well-being, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey …

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Volunteers boost the labor capacity of Idaho nonprofits by an estimated 35% each year. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Today is International Volunteer Day, a celebration of the work people offer to support the causes they care for. Nonprofits across the country rely …

A decision on whether to provide Endangered Species protections to wolverine has wavered since the 1990s. (Karlos Lomsky/Adobe Stock)
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In a long-awaited decision being celebrated by conservation groups, the wolverine will receive greater protections across the northern Cascades and …

Of more than 150,000 people evaluated, Idaho found only about 30,000 were eligible for Medicaid after extended protections went away this year. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)
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Idaho acted quickly to remove people from Medicaid after special COVID-19 protections expired in April, including health coverage for tens of …

Wolverines are powerfully built and have short legs with wide feet for traveling across the snow. They are a vital part of ecosystems in northern climes, according to Defenders of Wildlife. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added the wolverine to the list of endangered species. Advocates said it will add critical protections for the …

Montana is home to more than 30 million acres of public state and federal lands, nearly one-third of the state. (Adobe Stock)
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Wildlife advocates are pushing back on a bill in Congress which would remove federal wilderness protections from some Montana land. There are …

Public schools and colleges are working together to build a pipeline of homegrown talent to help address the teacher shortage in Montana's K-12 classrooms. (Working Nation)
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By Victoria Lim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Big Sky Connection reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News Service Collabora…

Sixteen states have Employment First executive orders, and 32 states have State Agency Administrative policies/regulations in place - all in support of Employment First, according to the APSE. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
A coalition of Nevada groups is behind a statewide effort to make Nevada an Employment First state. That would align the state with a U.S. Labor …

Globally, an estimated 38 million people live with HIV. (Adobe Stock)
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Today is World AIDS Day, a movement to unite people and communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS. According to AIDSVu, in 2021, more than 11,00…

Around 33% of registered voters who identify as pro-choice versus 23% of pro-life voters say they will only vote for a candidate who agrees with them on abortion, according to Gallup. (Adobe Stock)
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Recent polling from The New York Times and Siena College found President Joe Biden trailing former President Donald Trump in five of the six most cruc…

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About 2.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease or colitis. (Rana/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, December 4, 2023
This week is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, shedding light on what some call an invisible disease. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are …

The PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene is closing this year. (Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons)
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Nurses who care for patients in their homes in the Willamette Valley are pushing to get their union contract negotiations across the finish line…

A recent report found by 2031, 70% of jobs in Oregon will require education greater than a high school degree. (Journey Studio7/Adobe Stock)
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Degrees and credentials after high school will become increasingly important in the job market, a new report found. Analysis from the Georgetown …

More than a third of Washington homes have gas-burning appliances such as stoves. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, December 4, 2023
The American Gas Association misled the public on the health effects of burning gas for decades. Now, a coalition wants the Washington State …

All of the 26 eligible Tacoma Art Museum employees participated in and voted in favor of forming a union. (Gillian Fulford/WFSE)
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Monday, December 4, 2023
Workers at the Tacoma Art Museum are celebrating a unique union victory that could be a model for other museums. The 26 members of Tacoma Art …

The economic threshold for the Senior Property Tax Exemption program in King County will increase to $84,000 in 2024. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)
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Many older residents of Washington state are facing strains on their budgets -- and the government programs that could assist them are underused…

The Food Bank of Wyoming is asking for help from the public to meet rising food needs during the holiday season. (Food Bank of Wyoming)
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Monday, December 4, 2023
The number of people in Wyoming who don't know where their next meal will come from is on the rise, according to new U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Many of the companies lobbying for tax breaks have paid very little in taxes. Netflix, for example, has paid federal corporate income taxes equal to less than 1% of its reported profits over four years. (Adobe Stock)
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Lawmakers in Congress are facing mounting pressure from corporate lobbyists to pass business tax breaks before the end of the year but new analysis su…

Mapping is important part of conserving wildlife corridors. (iploydoy/Adobe Stock)
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Wildlife corridor conservation is in the spotlight in Congress. Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries…

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