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Gov. Whitmer endorses Kamala Harris for president, says she's not leaving Michigan; Secret Service director, grilled by lawmakers on the Trump assassination attempt, says we failed; Teachers rally at national convention in Houston; Opioid settlement fund fuels anti-addiction battle in Indiana; Nonprofit agency says corporate donations keep programs going.

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Kamala Harris rapidly picks up Democratic Support - including vast majority of state party leaders; National rent-cap proposal could benefit NY renters; Carter's adoption support: Empowering families, strengthening workplaces.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Advocates are calling for higher teacher salaries to help Alaska can recruit and retain more educators. (Jacob Lund/Adobestock)
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Alaska ranks 41st in the nation in terms of overall child well-being, according to the new 2024 Kids Count Data Bookfrom the Annie E. Casey …

Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier has narrowed and thinned by about 2,000 feet during the past four decades. (Adobe Stock)
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By Taylor Kate Brown for Grist.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Alaska News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News Serv…

Well-child visits include vision screenings, but if a primary care provider detects a vision problem CHIP also covers comprehensive eye exams and necessary treatment. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)
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A new report shows the number of children covered by Medicaid varied widely between states as pandemic-era protections were lifted, with Alaska …

President Joe Biden has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the Democratic Party nomination. (White House/Wikimedia Commons)
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Monday, July 22, 2024
California political analysts predict the race for president will tighten since President Joe Biden has dropped out and endorsed Vice President Kamala…

Giant sequoia and other conifers were incinerated in the 2020 Castle "megafire" at Board Camp Grove in Sequoia National Park. (Nathan Stephenson/USGS)
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Two new studies find that without sustained intervention, California may permanently lose big sections of old-growth giant sequoia groves. The …

Workers can file safety or heat-related complaints at the Cal/OSHA office nearest their work site or by calling 866-924-9757. (Sculpies/Adobe Stock)
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California has shattered heat records left and right this month and temperatures are forecast to be 10 degrees above normal this weekend, so the …

Children's advocates rallied in Hilo in March, calling for state investments in affordable childcare and early learning. (Hawaii Children's Action Network)
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Low reading and math scores at schools in Hawaii point to a need to further invest in public education, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book …

The manu o ku, or white fairy tern, is among the thousands of bird species that have benefited from the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a more than century-old federal law. (Adobe Stock)
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Conservation groups say the Hawaiian Islands are on the leading edge of the fight to preserve endangered birds, since climate change and habitat loss …

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 …

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Large confined animal feeding operations can pose pollution threats to surface and groundwater. (Aaron/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 22, 2024
Idaho is accepting proposals for projects that improve confined animal feeding operations in the state. The operations - also known as CAFOs - can …

Telehealth was expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic when Americans were under lockdown orders. (supamotion/Adobe Stock)
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Telehealth has been key to health care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some of the flexibilities for this type of care for Medicare …

The Supreme Court voted 6-3 that presidents are immune from prosecution for performing "official acts." (W.Scott McGill/Adobe Stock)
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A U.S. Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity from prosecution is raising concerns about the power of the executive branch - and the future …

The University of Montana is using traditional gender stereotypes in its marketing materials to attract male students, whose numbers have been down in recent years. Administrators say the campaign seems to be having an effect. (University of Montana)
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Monday, July 22, 2024
By Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Big Sky Connection reporting for The Hechinger Report-Public News Service C…

An outdoor coalition is fighting plans for a $4 billion copper mine on land near Sheep Creek, which feeds the iconic Smith River. (Miranda Hernandez)
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Nearly 10,000 Montanans have petitioned the U.S. Forest Service to prevent mining activity in the iconic Smith River watershed. The Smith is known …

A report by the mental health advocacy organization Inseparable showed one in five police shootings involve someone with a mental illness. (Adobe Stock)
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A national mental health advocacy organization called Inseparable has released a report on the rollout of the 988 crisis line for people going through…

"The voters of Washoe County have a right to a fair and secure democratic election, free from election denial conspiracies," said Emily Persaud-Zamora, executive director of Silver State Voices. (Nick Fox / Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 22, 2024
Voting-rights advocates are pleased two of three Washoe County commissioners who refused to certify the results of two primary election recounts decid…

The first time ever sale of federal public land in Nevada would be used for an affordable housing development near Las Vegas. (Paul/AdobeStock)
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Friday, July 19, 2024
Environmentalists said a first time ever federal decision to allow the sale of a small parcel of national public land in Nevada is an example of "care…

"As temperatures soar to unprecedented levels, improving energy efficiency and investing in clean energy builds resilience against extreme heat," said Kristee Watson, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League. (Rewiring America)
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Nevada leaders have announced a new calculator that will help homeowners and renters determine how much they can save by tapping into electrification …

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The lodge at Multnomah Falls is among the latest projects to receive improvement funds. (Steve/Adobe Stock)
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More than $27 million is coming to upgrade forests in the Northwest for recreation. The investment is the latest round of funding from the Great …

The Northwest is the biggest supplier of cherries in the country. (Dmitry/Adobe Stock)
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A program in the Columbia River Gorge helps migrant farmworkers' families during harvest season. The Resources Available for Migrant Access to …

Telehealth can cut down on the miles that folks in rural communities have to travel to see a doctor. (kalinichenkod/Adobe Stock)
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Telehealth has been key to health care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some of the flexibilities for this type of care for Medicare …

The Johnston Ridge Observatory at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is among the latest projects to receive improvement funds. (Francisco/Adobe Stock)
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More than $27 million is coming to upgrade forests in the Northwest for recreation. The investment is the latest round of funding from the Great …

Washington state lawmakers approved the long-term care program, WA Cares, in 2019. (wladimir1804/Adobe Stock)
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A new analysis from Washington state shows passing an initiative making a long-term care benefit program optional could cost taxpayers millions…

Washington state legislators passed a law in 2018 allowing voters to register up to and on Election Day. (SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)
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A 30-day residency requirement to register to vote in Washington state will not go into effect, after a federal judge struck it down. Under the …

Wyoming ranks 47th in the nation for coverage, access and affordability of women's health and reproductive care, according to a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, July 22, 2024
Wyoming ranks 42nd in the U.S. for women's health and reproductive care, according to a new report - and some are urging lawmakers to make changes…

Wyoming has the most "corner-locked" acres of all mountain West states, according to On-X data, at 2.44 million. (Adobe Stock)
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A court is soon expected to decide a Wyoming case between hunters and landowners which could affect public land access. When a group from Missouri …

Wyoming's Bighorn Basin is located between mountain ranges that block the flow of moisture-laden air from both the east and west, making it one of the driest places in the state, according to the Water Resources Data System and State Climate Office. (BLM Wyoming)
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Wyoming's irrigation infrastructure is aging and the state gets regular requests to update it but in some cases, project benefits may not outweigh …

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