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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

Around 79% of Arizona voters think the low level of water in rivers is a serious problem, according to the 2024 Conservation in the West Poll. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Voters from Arizona and across the West say a public official's position on conservation will be an important factor when deciding who to support in t…

The FCC's rule would give state attorneys general across the country new tools to go after bad actors behind these nefarious robocalls. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 19, 2024
Arizona lawmakers are hoping to make it easier for politicians to take legal action as the use of deepfakes increases during election campaigns…

Achieve60 AZ's goal is directly related to projections that 70% of Arizona's job openings will require completion of some form of education beyond high school. (Adobe Stock)
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A new poll finds in Arizona, an overwhelming majority believes increasing the number of adults with college degrees, certificates, and credentials …

The Colorado Avalanche and Xcel Energy are helping fundraise for Energy Outreach Colorado, a nonprofit that in 2023 helped more than 38,289 Colorado households through energy efficiency gains, connecting with community solar gardens and crisis-intervention services. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
The Colorado Avalanche has teamed up with Xcel Energy to generate funds to help people struggling to pay their energy bills this winter. Every time …

Nine in 10 voters across eight Mountain West states including Colorado want oil and gas companies, not federal and state governments, to pay for cleanup and restoration costs. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, February 19, 2024
Voters, including 74% of Republicans, 87% of Independents and 96% of Democrats, would support candidates in elections who prioritize conservation on …

Since 1990, more than 1500 individuals have been helped by Greeley's Frontier House Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation. (Adobe Stock)
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Many people with persistent mental illness find it difficult, or even impossible, to participate in common activities like work or friendships…

Authors of a new study on racism hope local communities and governments will use the findings to help create more just and equitable cities. (SusanVineyard/AdobeStock)
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Monday, February 19, 2024
The city where you live could be making you, your family and your friends more unconsciously racist, or by contrast, it could make you less racist…

In New Mexico, three-quarters of new survey respondents said they do not want protections rolled back on national monuments. (National Park Service)
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A new poll showed New Mexico voters expressed a deep affection for lands, water and wildlife and want policies offering greater protections. The 14…

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule quickly on whether Colorado can keep former President Donald Trump's name off its November ballot. (JudithAnne/Adobe Stock)
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Questions from members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday seemed to suggest the majority won't boot former President Donald Trump from Colorado's …

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Tony DeSha, executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, said other states have adopted laws to punish firms and companies for their ESG stances. (Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
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An Oklahoma pensioner has taken the state to court and filed a motion for a temporary injunction over a state law some said targets financial firms fo…

In Oklahoma, 21% of children lived in poverty in 2021. (Irina K./Adobe Stock)
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Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 4…

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Texas' Travis and Collin counties had the highest percentage of people with an associate degree or higher in 2022. (Gorodenkoff/AdobeStock)
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Monday, February 19, 2024
Texas is making progress in the percentage of individuals who complete higher levels of education, but still lags behind the national average…

School choice proponents in Texas argue their children's academic needs can't be met without options such as tuition vouchers. Straxer/AdobeStock)
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Texas public schools rank 41st in per-student funding, and that may not improve anytime soon. A large education funding package failed in the …

Dentists say daily flossing is key for avoiding the development and progression of periodontal disease. (NewAfrica/Adobestock)
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Like the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," good dental habits developed by children early in life can keep cavities at bay and prevent …

Utah has invested significantly in transportation over the last 30 years, and these investments will need to continue, according to a Guiding Our Growth survey. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
A coalition of Utah stakeholders is launching the "Campaign for Public Transit in the 435," which will aim to bring better forms of transit to those w…

Since 2004, Go Red for Women has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of women's greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease. The Utah Go Red for Women luncheon will take place at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center on March 8. (Adobe Stock)
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One Utah woman is sharing her story during American Heart Month to spread awareness about how important preventive heart health care is. Claire …

Utah saw the highest percent growth in personal income from 2016 to 2021, according to the Utah Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
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A new report found the State of Utah's overall tax and property tax burden hit record lows over the last five years, while the state's income tax …

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