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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.

Alaska

Alaska's Brooks Range is home to critical caribou habitat that covers about 157,000 square miles, which is equal in size to the state of Montana. (Adobe Stock)
Opposition grows to major road project in AK's iconic Brooks Range

Opposition is growing among hunters and anglers to a proposed road in Alaska's iconic Brooks Range. The state has invested millions in the project…

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has about 6,800 students. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)
Two AK schools focus on remedies for second-year college 'stop-outs'

A group of colleges is exploring ways to keep students enrolled in their first two years - the time period when they're most likely to drop out…

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An assessment of whether to develop on Alaska's D-1 lands includes 28 million acres, an area larger than the state of Virginia. (BLM Alaska/Wikimedia Commons)
AK Tribes to BLM: protect lands from extraction

Alaska tribes are urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to keep protections in place for more than 28 million acres they say are critical to …

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Roughly 68 million culverts carry roadways that were built with design approaches dating from the 1950s, which did not consider the needs of aquatic organisms to move up and downstream, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Adobe Stock)
Millions in Federal Money for Culvert Fixes in Alaska

Fish passage is set to improve in the Northwest with an investment from Congress's bipartisan infrastructure law. The Biden administration has …

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A new report finds 8% of Alaska children live in high poverty areas. (Tyler/Adobe Stock)
Report: Alaska Children Struggle in Key Areas

Alaska's children face challenges in a number of areas, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book ranks …

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Alaska has more than 322 million acres of public lands, more than three times the acreage of the entire state of California. (Adobe Stock)
BLM Grants Alaska $5 Million for Wildland Waterway Restoration

The Bureau of Land Management has announced a $161 million investment in habitat and wildland restoration projects in 11 western states. Alaska is …

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