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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

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 …

Consumers can submit complaints about financial products and services, including auto loans, to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website. (Freedomz/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Fifth Third Bank just agreed to pay a $20 million fine to settle charges it forced car buyers to purchase unnecessary insurance and created fake accou…

The gas-to-energy plant at the Keller Canyon landfill near Pittsburg, Calif., generates enough electricity to power nearly 2,200 homes. (Ameresco)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
By Miranda Lipton for Reasons to be Cheerful.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Ne…

Federal dollars are funding transportation improvements across California, including upgrades to the SPRINTER hybrid rail line between Palomar College and Escondido. (Xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Federal dollars are pouring into California transportation projects as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Federal Transit …

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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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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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
A U.S. Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity from prosecution is raising concerns about the power of the executive branch - and the future …

AARP awarded the city of Marsing, on the Snake River, $15,000 to install an outdoor fitness court. (Cameron/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
AARP has selected four projects in Idaho to receive $49,000 in grants. The projects were chosen by the organization's annual Community Challenge …

Farmworkers laboring in extreme heat are at risk of heatstroke or even death. (F Armstrong Photo/Adobe Stock)
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The Biden administration is proposing rules to protect workers from extreme heat. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said its …

Western Montana could see highs up to 105 degrees this week, according to the National Weather Service. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Health care experts are warning people outdoors to use caution when engaging in sunny summertime activities. Medical service providers say virtual …

Doctors and the Montana Department of Health and Human Services have structured the previously informal process of "drive-through" blood banks at rural Montana hospitals. Critical care patients are often in need of blood as they make the trip from rural Montana to urban Level 1 trauma centers. (Arielle Zionts/KFF Health News)
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By Arielle Zionts for KFF Health News.Broadcast version by Mark Moran for Big Sky Connection reporting for the KFF Health News-Public News Service Col…

The Northern Goshawk is dependent on old-growth forests and is especially good at getting into tight spaces. A federal judge in Montana has blocked a logging project that threatened the birds' habitat. (Adobe Stock)
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A federal court judge in Montana blocked a large project which would have logged or clear-cut more than 10,000 acres of old-growth forest and threaten…

A total of 2,277 heat related hospital emergency room visits were recorded, with the peak for both  visits and deaths occurring near the middle and end of July last year, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Nevada, like many other states in the West, just endured its hottest June. The broken records indicate yet another summer of extreme heat, and could …

Around 67% of Nevada residents ages 50 and older think the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to AARP Nevada. (Adobe Stock)
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Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden by 12 points among Nevada's older voters, according to a new AARP poll. Erin Neff, …

Typically, more than 80% of crisis calls are resolved on the phone, according to Inseparable. (Adobe Stock)
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Nevada is among a handful of states to add a surcharge to all phone bills intended to help support the state's 988 mental health emergency hotline…

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A dirty air filter can keep air conditioners from running optimally. (Kevin Brine/Adobe Stock)
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As Oregon is seeing its first major heat event of the summer, some simple tips can help you keep your home cooler. Most of Oregon was under a heat …

Janitors and security officers were seen as essential workers during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
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Members of the Service Employees' International Union start this week in the Portland area with new contracts for their work. SEIU Local 49 members …

Fireworks and dry, hot weather are never a good combination. Last year, in Portland alone, fireworks ignited 46 fires, according to Portland Fire & Rescue. (Mickis Fotowelt/Adobe Stock)
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Local fire crews across Oregon will be working to limit the number of manmade fires in the state on what looks to be the hottest weekend of the year s…

More than two-thirds of the Local Food System Infrastructure projecta funded were small farms or food businesses. (Jaskaran Kooner/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Washington state has allocated nearly $1.5 million in grants to support local food systems and supply chains. The Washington State Department of …

Cherry-picking season has begun in Washington state. (Valmedia/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
A ruling from a federal judge will keep Washington state growers from depressing wages for farmworkers this harvest season. Judge John Chun has …

Four projects across Washington were chosen to receive AARP Community Challenge grants this year. (AARP Washington)
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Four projects in Washington state were selected to receive grants from the AARP Community Challenge program. Combined, the organizations will …

The Wind River Canyon corridor is part of U.S. Route 20, the longest highway in the country, which spans 2,542 miles from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon, according to the Federal Highway Administration. (Rita Robinson/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Wyoming's Wind River Canyon corridor turns 100 years old this year, and federal grant money will soon support a study on potential improvements…

The Pilot Butte Wild Horse scenic loop runs between Rock Springs and Green River and through the White Mountain Herd Management Area, which encompasses over 390,000 acres. (Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection/Carol M. Highsmith Archive/Library of Congress)
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The Bureau of Land Management says it will start a wild horse roundup in Wyoming's White Mountain area, but wildlife advocates say the plan exceeds …

Wyomingites aged 70-79 had the highest voter turnout rates in every general election from 2008 to 2022, according to data from the Secretary of State. (Adobe Stock)
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Data show older voters are an influential demographic in Wyoming elections and a new series of videos asks candidates questions specific to the group…

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