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Conservationists tout Indiana's old mines and brownfields to develop renewable energy; Louisiana becomes 1st state to require the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools; Black Hills Visitor Center under new joint tribal, federal oversight; Judge set to rule on massive MT logging project.

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Former President Donald Trump says he loves Milwaukee, civil rights groups reject designated protest zones for the RNC convention and a New York Equal Rights Amendment is restored to the November ballot.

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Rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town, prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands and a Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival.


Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, 22 states have passed laws to protect or expand access to abortion.

Monday, June 17, 2024

NE physician discusses impact of year-old 12-week abortion ban

Nebraska physicians and their patients have been dealing with the state's 12-week abortion ban since it went into effect just over a year ago…

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The wells providing water on Santee Tribal lands had manganese levels more than 50 times greater than what is considered safe for adults. Excessively high manganese can cause problems with memory, attention and motor skills. (Adobe Stock)
NE Santee Sioux Tribe hopeful after years of unusable tap water

Members of the Nebraska Santee Sioux Tribe hope a solution to their five-year water ordeal may be on the way. Their tap water has been unusable for …

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Between 2019 and 2022, the number of Nebraska children living in poverty increased from 51,000 to 64,000. (WavebreakMediaMicro/AdobeStock)
NE ranks in top 10 for childhood well-being despite rising poverty rates

Nebraska ranked in the top 10 for children's well-being on the 2024 Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book. Josh Shirk, research coordinator …

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In United Health Foundation's
Report: Nebraska ranks 14th in nation for seniors' well-being

A new report on the status of U.S. seniors ranks Nebraska 14th among the states, moving down one spot from 2023. Nationally, the "America's Health …

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On the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 2022 Rural Poll, nearly 40% of rural Nebraskans reported they had volunteered at least a few times a month over the previous year. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)
AARP Nebraska seeks nominees for highest state volunteer award

AARP Nebraska is looking for nominations for the 2024 Andrus Award for Community Service. The award honors an individual or couple over age 50 …

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According to the Environmental Defense Fund, U.S. agricultural workers face an average of 21 unsafe working days per summer growing season because of heat. (KUBE/Adobe Stock)
NE farmworkers, others face heightened risks of heat, humidity

Sunday is Global Heat Action Day, to raise awareness about the risks posed by heat and ways to stay safe. In Nebraska and across the Midwest…

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In 2023, over 40 million Americans received SNAP benefits each month. According to Feeding America, as many as 21 million more experience food insecurity but may not be eligible for SNAP benefits. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)
Despite higher food insecurity, House Farm Bill would cut SNAP benefits

Food insecurity is up in Nebraska and most parts of the country, according to the nonprofit Feeding America but the U.S. House Agriculture …

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Young people who experience five or more blistering sunburns increase their risk of developing melanoma by 80%. (javiindy/Adobe Stock)
Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Many in NE at risk for melanoma, other types

As outdoor activities ramp up, May is a good time to think about observing good skin-care practices. More skin cancers are diagnosed than all …

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Roughly 900,000 households are expected to benefit from lower-cost, lower greenhouse-gas emitting solar energy once the EPA's Solar for All program has been fully implemented. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)
NE Center for Rural Affairs' $62 million EPA grant will expand solar access

By Claire Carlson for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Deborah Van Fleet for Nebraska News Connection reporting for The Daily Yonder-Public News …

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Ho-Chunk, Inc., Apprenticeship Program participant Marquez Bass (right) works with Information Technology Technician Blade Smith to run network cable at one of the company's buildings in Winnebago, Nebraska. (Ho-Chunk, Inc.)
NE Winnebago Tribe apprenticeships prepare students, build workforce

Workforce watchers project the country could face critical worker shortages in many of the skilled trades in coming years. The Nebraska Winnebago …

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Each week during the school year, more than 8,300 children receive a backpack of meals for the weekend through Food Bank for the Heartland's BackPack Program. (Photo courtesy of Food Bank for the Heartland)
Largest NE food bank challenged by rising food insecurity, costs

A new report shows food insecurity in Nebraska increased in 2022 over the year before. Feeding America's latest "Map the Meal Gap" survey showed the …

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Healthcare organizations in Nebraska and elsewhere are struggling to fill nursing positions, which can have significant consequences for patient care. (Adobe Stock)
National Nurses Week: Providers in NE say nurses in short supply

It's National Nurses Week, and educators and healthcare officials say there just aren't enough of them to go around. A combination of retiring baby …

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