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Airline travel and more disrupted by global tech outage; Nevada gets OK to sell federal public lands for affordable housing;Science Moms work to foster meaningful talks on climate change; Scientists reconsider net-zero pledges to reach climate goals.

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As Trump accepts nomination for President, delegates emphasize themes of unity and optimism envisioning 'new golden age.' But RNC convention was marked by strong opposition to LGBTQ rights, which both opened and closed the event.

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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.

The Illinois State Board of Education report card said O'Fallon Township High School HSD #203 is currently only funded at 64%. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 19, 2024
By Kristy Alpert for Arts Midwest.Broadcast version by Terri Dee for Illinois News Connection reporting for the Arts Midwest-Public News Service Colla…

Water parks are a good way to keep cool in the summer, but the Illinois Department of Public Health reminds parents to always supervise children playing in or near the water. (Adobe Stock)
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Summer is usually a fun time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends but experts say Illinoisans should take precautions to keep a day of fun in…

According to America's Health Rankings, Illinois ranks 42nd among states for fruit and vegetable consumption among people over age 60, but the same group lags in terms of getting healthy sleep and sufficient physical activity. (Adobe Stock)
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Isolation and a lack of regular nutritious meals are circumstances many older adults find themselves in. One organization is working to remedy this - …

The Stronger Tomorrows initiative helps students receive accommodations from their school, like excused absences and connects them to young parent support groups. (Adobe stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
By Haley Miller for Chalkbeat Indiana.Broadcast version by Joe Ulery for Indiana News Service reporting for the Chalkbeat Indiana-Free Press Indiana-P…

A study from Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research showed the need for better pay to attract and keep child care workers. (Adobe stock)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
A new study from Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research revealed how child care availability and costs affect women's workf…

As universities begin implementing a new tenure law, debate continues over its potential effects on academic freedom and the preparation of future educators in Indiana. (Adobe stock)
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With just over a month before Indiana university students return, a new law affecting college professor tenures is in full effect. The law targets …

Family members often become caregivers overnight and are suddenly responsible for helping with medications, medical care, meals, bathing and dressing, chores, finances, grocery shopping and transportation. AARP is traveling the state of Iowa to help educate caregivers. (AARP Iowa)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
AARP Iowa is on a road trip, taking knowledge to family caregivers wherever they are and helping them learn more about the resources that may be …

Cover crops protect soil from erosion and also help with weed control. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
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An Iowa nonprofit group helps ag-related businesses grow to serve more farmers and get more cover crops planted in the state. Cover crops like rye …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends drinking 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes when doing strenuous activity outside, which translates to 24 to 32 ounces per hour. (Adobe Stock)
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Health care experts are reminding Iowans to be careful in the summertime sun. From sunburns and bike safety to water accidents and sports injuries…

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In 2022, officials blamed a heatwave for killing thousands of cattle in southwest Kansas. (JackieDavies/AdobeStock)
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A heat wave is forecast for Kansas and health professionals said residents should be aware of options to get help, including local physicians who …

Many school children are still "catching up" on their education after the disruptions during the COVID pandemic, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
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A report on the condition of America's children ranks Kansas in the bottom half of states for education, with declining reading and math scores among …

The Kansas rankings in the 2023 Kids Count Data Book include: 17th in overall child well-being; 22nd in health; 24th in family and community, and 26th in education. (Adobe Stock)
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Kansas ranks seventh among states in the area of economic well-being in the 2023 Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book. Rankings on the …

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at a political event in Grand Rapids, Mich., in early 2024. (The White House/Wikimedia Commons)
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Friday, July 19, 2024
Vice President Kamala Harris focused on reproductive rights at a campaign event in Michigan Wednesday. Her remarks come as President Joe Biden has …

Line 5, an Enbridge pipeline that was built in 1953, runs for 645 miles from Wisconsin, under the Straits of Mackinac, through Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. (Jorge Moro/Adobe Stock)
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A Michigan environmental group is addressing an appeal challenging the state's decision to approve the enclosure of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline…

A $1 minimum wage increase could reduce suicides among those with a high school education or less by nearly 6%, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. (SpaceOak/Adobe Stock)
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In response to an alarmingly high number of suicides among construction workers, Michigan's construction leaders have taken measures to tackle mental …

Industry groups said Minnesota's current solar investments have created enough capacity to power nearly 400,000 homes. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 19, 2024
Construction could begin in Minnesota later this year in the final phase of one of the nation's largest solar energy developments, after state …

A cat from Minneapolis, now named Rue, is recovering from extensive injuries after a suspected case of animal cruelty. (Photo courtesy of Home for Life Animal Sanctuary)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
Pet lovers say a Minnesota cat that narrowly escaped death is in recovery after being thrown from a high-rise apartment building. They want …

Minnesota farmer Stuart Lavalier proudly displays his solar installation on his property along the Iron Range. (Photo courtesy of Resource Rural)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
By Bryce Oates for Resource Rural.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Minnesota News Connection reporting for the Resource Rural-Public News Service Co…

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Radioactive contaminants can create harmful effects on public health, particularly for pregnant people, as well as for the environment. (Alexeiy/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Some organizations are renewing calls to address radioactive contamination in U.S. food and drinking water. The issue has gained prevalence in the …

Water parks are a good way to keep cool in the summer but the public health experts reminded parents to always supervise children playing in or near the water. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Summer is usually a fun time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, but experts said Missourians should be taking precautions to keep a day …

Stanford University researchers say immigrants are 60% less likely to be incarcerated than American-born people. (DragonImages/Adobe Stock)
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The Missouri House of Representatives has formed a special committee to look into what the House Speaker refers to as crimes committed by immigrants l…

In 2021, more than 40% of the nearly four mil­lion stu­dent par­ents nationwide were attending a community college. (foxyburrow/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
Postsecondary enrollment data for 2023 shows community college enrollment increased nationwide by more than 100,000 students, and a large percentage …

Between 2019 and early 2021, the number of Medicaid telehealth visits increased 15-fold in five states the U.S. General Accounting Office selected and Medicare telehealth visits increased tenfold. (Westock/Adobe Stock)
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Receiving medical services via telehealth was a requirement for some during the pandemic but has continued to grow in popularity since then. In …

Use of cover crops, such as winter wheat, can help water and nutrients penetrate the soil and smother weeds, leading to better corn crops.  (Magnus/Adobe Stock)
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Three members of Nebraska's student-run climate advocacy organization Students for Sustainability were among the youngest participants at the recent C…

Researchers said children who live in poverty lose an additional two months of reading skills over the summer, with a lack of proper nutrition serving as a key factor. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Some North Dakota leaders believe healthy food is part of what is needed to help all kids achieve better outcomes and they hope low-income families si…

According to a 2022 Kids Count report, 20 North Dakota counties meet less than 60% of the child care demand in their counties. (Adobe Stock)
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North Dakota officials will highlight a new project today to boost childcare access for parents with nontraditional work hours. A local provider …

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a five-year policy meant to spur a range of public works projects around the country, including in North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
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Federal officials have opened up a new round of funding under one of the many grant programs tied to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. As the …

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Ohio has more than 13 million acres of farmland and agriculture is responsible for about 3% of the state's gross domestic product. (Donley Desdain/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
Farms in the Midwest should become more resilient to challenges created by climate change, with a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of …

U.S. vehicle manufacturing has been steadily declining since the 1970s, according to a report by the advocacy group All American. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Ohio will receive more than $32 million in federal funding to help revive auto manufacturing and jobs in the state, specifically electric vehicle …

Sen. J. D. Vance, R-Ohio, is Donald Trump's vice presidential pick. Before his recent entrance into politics, he was perhaps best known as the author of a memoir about growing up in poverty in Appalachia. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
As the party announced Monday Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, is the vice presidential candidate on the GOP ticket, progressive groups said they are …

Two South Dakota ethanol production facilities are considered high-priority emission violators, according to EPA data, including plants in Redfield and Aberdeen. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
Biofuels are painted as a greener energy alternative to fossil fuels but a new study found the industry produces plenty of its own air pollutants…

About 25% of people covered by Medicare in 2023 used a telehealth service that year, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Jeff Bergen/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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 patients …

In a 2024 report from the National Education Association, South Dakota ranked 49th in the U.S. for average teacher salary, at about $53,000 a year. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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A coalition of South Dakota groups is voicing its opposition to a ballot measure intended to end a state sales tax on consumables. If passed this …

Researchers said extreme events in nearly every region of Wisconsin are causing immense disruptions affecting human health, the economy and natural resources. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Friday, July 19, 2024
So far, states like Wisconsin have largely escaped the worst of the summer heat affecting much of the nation but a group of scientists wants regional …

In the recent debate about the state of democracy, some political scientists said the donor class needs to shift more of its funding to nonpartisan foundations promoting healthy civic engagement. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
The Republican National Convention is underway in Milwaukee and the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump is a focal point. Voters …

Public health experts said while having one or two alcoholic beverages a day might not seem excessive, it actually falls under the category of "heavy drinking," leading to chronic health issues down the road. (Adobe Stock)
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Often celebrated in popular culture, Wisconsin's relationship with alcohol continues to give way to troubling statistics that center around excessive …

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