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Uncovering America's methamphetamine history; PA Early Intervention programs vital for child development; measuring long-term impact of the O.J. Simpson trial on media literacy.

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President Biden's name could be left off the ballot in Alabama and Ohio, the Justice Dept. mandates background checks for gun show purchases, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moves to allow state police to arrest undocumented migrants.

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Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.


The majority of people will need long-term care assistance at some point in their lives. (nelzajamal/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Ups, downs for WA's long-term care funding program

Access to Washington state's long-term care program will increase because of action during this year's legislative session. But the program also …

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A new law in Washington state will look into why ballots are rejected during the voting process. (IanDewarPhotography/Adobe Stock)
WA's new ballot curing law ensures state 'counts every voter'

The process for correcting ballot errors is set to become easier this year thanks to a bill passed in Olympia this session. Lawmakers unanimously …

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A free online tool from the IRS is expected to make it easier for many people to file their income taxes. (kjcimagery/Adobe Stock)
IRS's free tax filing tool can save Washingtonians time, money

Washingtonians have an option this year to file their taxes for free and a new report said it is saving people time and money. The Internal Revenue …

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Washington state's program to combat climate change raised $2.2 billion in its first year. (jdoms/Adobe Stock)
WA carbon cap program faces initiative challenge on November ballot

By Kate Yoder for Grist.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Washington News Service reporting for the Grist-Public News Service Collaboration For…

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Youth diverted from incarceration have shown a smaller likelihood of re-arrest. (Delphotostock/Adobe Stock)
Report: WA, other states expand diversion of youth from incarceration

A new report found states are making progress in diverting more youth from incarceration, including in Washington state. However, The Sentencing …

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Congress gave final approval to the 2024 budget after a six-month delay. (doganmesut/Adobe Stock)
Missed opportunities in 2024 budget, peacekeeping groups say

Groups supporting peace around the globe say the budget approved by Congress is lacking crucial components. After a monthslong stalemate, Congress …

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Methane emissions were measured from four dams on the Snake River in southeastern Washington. (davidrh/Adobe Stock)
Report: Lower Snake River dams source of methane emissions

A new report found four dams in the Columbia River Basin are big emitters of methane. Research from the organization Tell The Dam Truth showed the …

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Washington state has greater protections against predatory loans than other states. (Serge Aubert/Adobe Stock)
WA lawmakers approve greater predatory loan protections

Lawmakers in Olympia this session moved to add more protections for consumers against predatory loans. Washington state lawmakers passed Senate Bill …

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Colorectal cancer makes up one-tenth of all cancer cases worldwide. (Anatomy Insider/Adobe Stock)
Colorectal Cancer Month: Disease appearing in younger Americans

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the third most common form of cancer and the second most lethal form in the world…

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The Puyallup Tribe reservation is located outside of Tacoma. (Derrick/Adobe Stock)
Puyallup Tribe played key role in WA police accountability push

By Frank Hopper for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Washington News Service reporting for the Yes! Magazine-Public News Service …

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Lawmakers this session in Olympia increased the rate for providers who offer infant care. ( Stock)
WA makes child-care investments, but more needed

Advocates for accessible child care saw wins during Washington state's legislative session this year but still see room for improvement. Lawmakers …

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The Quinault Indian Nation has been working on purchasing forest parcesl on their reservation on the Olympic Peninsula for several decades. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)
WA tribe receives funding to return forest lands to tribal stewardship

A Washington state tribe is getting funding to return forest lands to tribal stewardship. The Washington state Legislature has approved $25 million …

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