Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.

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House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.

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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.

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Friday, October 22, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …

Some consumer groups say stainless-steel cookware is safer than nonstick pans, some of which can contain toxic PFAS chemicals. (Faithie/Adobe Stock)
Some consumer groups say stainless-steel cookware is safer than nonstick pans, some of which can contain toxic PFAS chemicals. (Faithie/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- This week, both Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are taking action to combat a class of so-called …

California has more than two million community college students spread across 116 schools. (Adobe Stock)
California has more than two million community college students spread across 116 schools. (Adobe Stock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Community college students in California are being encouraged to take a closer look at their education plans, to see if …

Credit unions were able to provide services to help folks make ends meet before Congress passed pandemic aid last year. (W PRODUCTION/Adobe Stock)
Credit unions were able to provide services to help folks make ends meet before Congress passed pandemic aid last year. (W PRODUCTION/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
BOISE, Idaho - Millions of members around the world, including some Idahoans, are observing International Credit Union Day today. This year marks 73…

A beaded medallion from Shoshone Bannock artist Brodie Sanchez raises awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women. (Brodie Sanchez)
A beaded medallion from Shoshone Bannock artist Brodie Sanchez raises awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women. (Brodie Sanchez)

BOISE, Idaho -- Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day, a celebration of the people native to North America. Tai Simpson, organizer for the Indigenous …

While Idaho is one of the least-vaccinated states in the country, almost 79% of residents age 65 and older are fully vaccinated. (Rido/Adobe Stock)
While Idaho is one of the least-vaccinated states in the country, almost 79% of residents age 65 and older are fully vaccinated. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho hospitals are rationing care because of the strain from the pandemic. Some groups are questioning the use of age as one of the …

Ballot collection for absentee voters can be an important service in Montana because weather can be hard to navigate at election time. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)
Ballot collection for absentee voters can be an important service in Montana because weather can be hard to navigate at election time. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
HELENA, Mont. -- A new law in Montana, which its backers said was designed to cut down on fraud, could instead make it more difficult for some …

Wolves had made a major comeback in the West, but wildlife managers say policies in Montana threaten to roll back that progress. (jimcumming88/Adobe Stock)
Wolves had made a major comeback in the West, but wildlife managers say policies in Montana threaten to roll back that progress. (jimcumming88/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Wildlife managers and biologists in Montana are airing their frustration over how the state is managing its natural resources…

Democratic commissioners have proposed five maps for Montana's two congressional seats, and Republicans have proposed four. (olinchuk/Adobe Stock)
Democratic commissioners have proposed five maps for Montana's two congressional seats, and Republicans have proposed four. (olinchuk/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana's redistricting commission has released proposed maps for Montana's two new congressional seats, and the commission's …

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Congress passed Savanna's Act in 2020 to improve data collection on cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Sonyachny/Adobe Stock)
Congress passed Savanna's Act in 2020 to improve data collection on cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Sonyachny/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Today, a virtual summit hosted by the Las Vegas Mayor's Faith Initiative looks at the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous …

Payday loans often have triple-digit interest rates that can lead consumers into a cycle of debt. (Krossel/Morguefile)
Payday loans often have triple-digit interest rates that can lead consumers into a cycle of debt. (Krossel/Morguefile)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Twenty state Attorneys General, including Aaron Ford from Nevada, are slamming proposed new federal banking guidelines for not …

A new report finds that Nevada needs to develop family support programs within the community.(Vejaa/Adobestock)
A new report finds that Nevada needs to develop family support programs within the community.(Vejaa/Adobestock)

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada scored a D-plus for children's mental health, according to a new report from the Children's Advocacy Alliance. …

Veterans working on a central Oregon ranch supply produce for a restaurant in Bend. (Central Oregon Veterans Ranch)
Veterans working on a central Oregon ranch supply produce for a restaurant in Bend. (Central Oregon Veterans Ranch)

Friday, October 22, 2021
BEND, Ore. - Veterans returning home sometimes struggle to find a place where they feel like they belong. In Central Oregon, a ranch is supporting …

The theme for this year's International Credit Union Day is "building financial health for a brighter tomorrow." (snowing12/Adobe Stock)
The theme for this year's International Credit Union Day is "building financial health for a brighter tomorrow." (snowing12/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
PORTLAND, Ore. - Millions of members around the world, including some Oregonians, are observing International Credit Union Day today. This year …

The U.S. Postal Service suggests, with the latest changes affecting first-class mail, plan ahead and send packages and correspondence early if you're on a deadline. (Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Postal Service suggests, with the latest changes affecting first-class mail, plan ahead and send packages and correspondence early if you're on a deadline. (Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Ahead of the busiest season of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, some Oregon postal workers are voicing concerns about the …

Although people spent less time on average on Facebook than some other social media sites, the vast majority said they'd had arguments there. (jpgon/Adobe Stock)
Although people spent less time on average on Facebook than some other social media sites, the vast majority said they'd had arguments there. (jpgon/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
SEATTLE - Constructive conversations online can seem few and far between. Research from the University of Washington explores how the design of …

More than 60% of Washingtonians are members of a credit union. ( www.doglikehorse.com/Adobe Stock)
More than 60% of Washingtonians are members of a credit union. ( www.doglikehorse.com/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
SPOKANE, Wash. - Millions of members around the world, including some Washingtonians, are observing International Credit Union Day today. This year …

Forty-five percent of Washingtonians surveyed said they are "not very" or "not at all" confident they could pay for long-term care services if needed. (asnidamarwani/Adobe Stock)
Forty-five percent of Washingtonians surveyed said they are "not very" or "not at all" confident they could pay for long-term care services if needed. (asnidamarwani/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE - A new survey finds support for the first-of-its-kind long-term care program set up by Washington state. Under the WA Cares Fund, …

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In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)
In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 22, 2021
CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Wyoming's new voter districts are expected to impact how the state addresses falling fossil-fuel revenues, Medicaid expansion, and how local school boards shape public education. (Adobe Stock)
Wyoming's new voter districts are expected to impact how the state addresses falling fossil-fuel revenues, Medicaid expansion, and how local school boards shape public education. (Adobe Stock)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming lawmakers sort through new 2020 census numbers to update voting districts, watchdog groups are encouraging all residents …

The most recent major renovations to Cheyenne's Union Pacific Depot were completed in 2006. The building now ishome to the Cheyenne Depot Museum. (Adobe Stock)
The most recent major renovations to Cheyenne's Union Pacific Depot were completed in 2006. The building now ishome to the Cheyenne Depot Museum. (Adobe Stock)

RIVERTON, Wyo. - Community and economic-development leaders are gathering in Riverton this week for the 2021 Wyoming Working Together Conference…

 

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