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  • Work of WA Artist Who Depicted Farmworkers' Lives Recognized
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Work of WA Artist Who Depicted Farmworkers' Lives Recognized LA CONNER, Wash. - The exhibit of an artist who depicted the lives of farmworkers in northwest Washington has been recognized for its quality. The Skagit County Historical Museum has received an award of excellence in exhibits from the Washington Museum Association for its retrospective on Jesus Guillen's work. ...(Read More)

  • WA Project Aims to Reshape Access to Farmland
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    WA Project Aims to Reshape Access to Farmland WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - A farming project on a Puget Sound island is looking to reshape agriculture and access to land. The nonprofit Agrarian Trust launched its Agrarian Commons project in 12 sites across the U.S. ...(Read More)

  • Poll: 1 in 5 Unvaccinated Kentuckians Open to Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Poll: 1 in 5 Unvaccinated Kentuckians Open to Getting COVID-19 Vaccine LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- One in five unvaccinated Kentuckians say they are open to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new poll from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The state's hospitals are filled with COVID patients, and according to Gov. ...(Read More)

  • Program Helps Montanans with Disabilities Afford Assistive Tech
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Program Helps Montanans with Disabilities Afford Assistive Tech HELENA, Mont. - It can be hard for people with disabilities to afford the assistive technology they need to perform daily activities. A program in Montana ensures people and families in any financial situation can get these important tools. ...(Read More)

  • How Ohio Became the No. 1 State for Nursing Home Assistant Shortages
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    How Ohio Became the No. 1 State for Nursing Home Assistant Shortages By Savanna Strott for Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Journalism Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Ohio News Connection. COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio nursing homes reported more shortages of nursing assistants than any other state during the pandemic, highlighting a problem that has been festering for decades. An Eye on Ohio and Investigative Reporting Workshop analysis of weekly reported data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Ohio reported the highest number of shortages in the country for State Tested Nursing Assistants (STNA) in 2020 and through the first half of 2021, leaving critical care positions open and shifting work to other positions suffering shortages of their own. Ohio has the third-highest number of nursing homes behind Texas and California, and tallied STNA shortages in 26% of reports to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ...(Read More)

  • Mapping Out Nature's Ability to Store Carbon with Pinpoint Accuracy
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Mapping Out Nature's Ability to Store Carbon with Pinpoint Accuracy DULUTH, Minn. - As Minnesota looks to address the impact of climate change on the region, land managers and policymakers are reminded of the role nature can play. They're being urged to use a new tool that shows the range in which forests can capture and store carbon emissions. ...(Read More)

  • PA Creates Redistricting Advisory Council to Help Prevent Gerrymandering
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    PA Creates Redistricting Advisory Council to Help Prevent Gerrymandering HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new voting-district maps are redrawn. ...(Read More)

  • Survey: Community College Workforce Programs Prove Popular
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Survey: Community College Workforce Programs Prove Popular AUSTIN, Texas - A new national survey of community and technical colleges highlights the importance of job-focused education and training. It finds 35% of students at these schools are taking non-credit courses that lead to industry certifications and credentials. That's a change from students who used to stick with academic courses designed to transfer to a four year school. ...(Read More)

  • Climate Week Follows Unprecedented "Code Red" Predictions
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Climate Week Follows Unprecedented "Code Red" Predictions SANTA FE, N.M. - A nonpartisan group of mothers and climate scientists is on a nationwide education campaign to engage more people about the effects of climate change and actions they can take to make a difference. Colorado State University atmospheric science researcher Mellisa Burt co-founded the group "Science Moms." She said from the day they're born, parents want to protect their children, and the warming climate is now a direct threat to them. ...(Read More)

  • Groups Push for Progress During Sea Otter Awareness Week
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Groups Push for Progress During Sea Otter Awareness Week MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state. Historically, the Pacific Rim supported between 150,000 and 300,000 sea otters, but the population is now estimated at about 106,000. ...(Read More)

  • State Parks Free This Saturday for Nevada Public Lands Week
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    State Parks Free This Saturday for Nevada Public Lands Week LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series of online and in-person events showcasing Nevada's natural heritage. The events are listed online at 'NevadaPublicLandsDay.com.' Will Pregman, communications director for the Institute for a Progressive Nevada, said public lands are the backbone of the outdoor economy, which generates $12.5 billion in economic activity every year. ...(Read More)

  • Initiative Shows How to Tackle Digital Divide for Latino Households
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Initiative Shows How to Tackle Digital Divide for Latino Households PORTLAND, Ore. - A growing slice of the workforce is Hispanic, but a disproportionate number of Hispanic households don't have regular access to the internet. It could be cutting many off from the digital economy. ...(Read More)

  • Report: Connecticut's Economic Growth Still Slowed by Great Recession
    on September 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Report: Connecticut's Economic Growth Still Slowed by Great Recession NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Connecticut's economy has shrunk since the 2008 Great Recession, and combined with highly inequitable wage distribution, that has led to a decrease in quality of life for some families in the state. That's according to an annual report from Connecticut Voices for Children that looked at how workers and the state's economy are faring overall. ...(Read More)

  • NH Professors Join Call for UN Fossil-Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    NH Professors Join Call for UN Fossil-Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty MANCHESTER, N.H. - Three New Hampshire professors are among those who've signed a letter urging the United Nations General Assembly to adopt what's known as the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. More than 2,000 scientists and academics say the treaty, which would be a binding agreement, could help move forward on the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. ...(Read More)

  • MA College Course Explores Holding People Accountable with Respect
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    MA College Course Explores Holding People Accountable with Respect By Sonali Kolhatkar for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Lily Bohlke for Commonwealth News Service reporting for the YES! ...(Read More)

  • Flood Resiliency: One NY Priority for "Build Back Better" Plan
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Flood Resiliency: One NY Priority for "Build Back Better" Plan ALBANY, N.Y. - As a U.S. House committee debates the Biden administration's "Build Back Better" Act, a letter from more than 200 wealthy Americans calls on Congress to pass tax hikes proposed to pay for it. ...(Read More)

  • Wealthy Americans Encourage Congress to Raise Their Tax Rate
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Wealthy Americans Encourage Congress to Raise Their Tax Rate PORTLAND, Ore. - Wealthy Americans have a message for Congress: Tax us more. More than 200 high-income taxpayers and business owners have sent an open letter urging elected leaders to raise the tax rate for rich people to fund the infrastructure plan now being debated in Congress. ...(Read More)

  • Bill to Ban Critical Race Theory Sparks Call for African American History
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Bill to Ban Critical Race Theory Sparks Call for African American History TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, is lashing out against the idea of Critical Race Theory, filing a bill to ban its use in all government institutions, including universities. ...(Read More)

  • WI Ag Researchers Lift the Cover on Cover Crops
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    WI Ag Researchers Lift the Cover on Cover Crops EAST TROY, Wis. - Wisconsin farmers are looking ahead to the fall harvest, and those who use cover crops face a deadline to sign up for a research project to measure the effectiveness of this form of sustainable farming. Cover crops are designed to prevent harmful runoff and improve soil health on the farm. ...(Read More)

  • Wealthy Americans, Virginians Press Congress to Hike Their Taxes
    on September 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM

    Wealthy Americans, Virginians Press Congress to Hike Their Taxes RICHMOND, Va. - As U.S. Rep. ...(Read More)