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Aug 29, 2016
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In 2013 there were over 3 million Central American immigrants living in the U.S. Each year hundreds of immigrants die while attempting to cross the southern U.S. border. From 2014 to July, 31 2015 alone, 72,968 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico.  “Each year the Obama administration has seen more deportations than any preceding president”[1].

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The federal government’s Clean Power Plan is currently on hold after a judge ordered a stay on the legislation. But that isn’t stopping Colorado from trying to cut down on carbon emissions on its own, reports The Colorado Springs Gazette.

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In one influential county in Colorado, Donald Trump’s campaign is being run by a 12-year-old, CNN reports.

Weston Imer is coordinating volunteers and organizing the get-out-the-vote operation in Jefferson County. Imer says he hopes his experience would lead other young people to become engaged politically.

Rural Blog

Nearly half of the counties in the United States lack an obstetrician or gynecologist, reports The Rural Blog. Most of these counties are rural.

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Yet another ballot measure could be coming to the November ballot in Colorado. This week a campaign was launched to have a reference to slavery removed from the state’s constitution, reports The Denver Post.

The disputed clause, written in 1876, states: “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.”

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Texas’s Voter ID law is in the spotlight again as the state considers appealing a Federal ruling that deemed the law unconstitutional. Last month, a Federal judge ruled that the law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections.

The Road to or from?

Aug 26, 2016
JENNY INZERILLO - Amarillo, Texas

Towards the end of My Antonia, Jim Burden, at this point in the novel, a middle-aged success story, returns to Nebraska, determined to see his childhood friend, Antonia.  Her home is comfortably bucolic—ducks and geese quacking in the yard, cats sunning on the porch, young women laughing as they wash dishes. Sure, Antonia appears older than she is, and much older than Jim, but Jim admires her, noting, “whatever else was gone [of her youth and beauty, we suppose], Antonia had not lost the fire of life.” From Jim’s perspective, Antonia is “a rich mine of life.”

Wichita Eagle

After a year of frustrations, Kansas educators have cause to celebrate. On the ACT college entrance exam, Kansas high school students continue to score better than their peers in most other states.

 

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Oklahoma Watch

In 2014’s general election, a little more than 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots. That amounts to about 29 percent of Oklahoma’s voting-age population, reports Oklahoma Watch. That means that, when it comes to voter turnout, Oklahoma ranks near the bottom among states.

And 2014 was bad, even by Oklahoma standards; it was one of the worst years for turnout since the state began keeping track in 1960.

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The system for catching dangerous pathogens in America’s food supply appears to be working, according to QZ.com.

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Kansas has become the latest state to put forward an attempt to set up strict citizenship tests aimed at keeping thousands of would-be voters from casting ballots in November, reports USA TODAY.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal appeals court in Denver to take up the state's proof-of-citizenship voting case.

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Donald Trump paid a visit to Texas this week, causing some to wonder if the GOP might consider the state more in play than previously believed.

As The Austin American-Statesman reports, a recent poll showed Trump with only a 6-point lead over Hillary Clinton. Former Land Commissioner Garry Mauro said of the billionaire’s visit to the Lone Star State, “He saw the same poll I did.”

Children seem to experience a singular wonder when you put them in a garden -- something beyond the splendor of the grass, the blush of a plump pear, and the inviting smells and creatures. They also tend to tune in to what that garden says about its curator.

Today we'll take a walk through my garden, but please enter with a child's honest curiosity. As you survey the bean vines flanked with flowers, perhaps you'll see an unlikely shelter. I know I did. 

Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News

This past weekend, young filmmakers in Amarillo participated in a harrowing competition. The effort was part of a nationwide contest called the 48-Hour Film Project. Actors, producers, directors and photographers from Amarillo raced around town, bringing their stories to life.

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A recent complaint filed with the NAACP alleges that Kansas community colleges discriminate against minority students, reports The Lawrence Journal-World.

Colleges in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference still use a recruitment rule that was adopted during the segregation era. The rule limits community colleges to 20 out-of-state players on their football teams and eight on their basketball rosters.

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A familiar name could unseat Ted Cruz in the Texas Senator’s 2018 re-election bid, reports The Texas Tribune.

According to a new poll, former Governor Rick Perry would beat Cruz by nine percentage points in a head-to-head matchup for the U.S. senate seat. If the election were held today, Perry would get 46 percent of the vote and Cruz 37 percent. Eighteen percent said they were unsure who they would support.

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Colorado's job market contracted slightly in July, reports The Colorado Springs Gazette. As a result, the state’s unemployment rate inched up to 3.8 percent.

Their Stories Are Ours

Aug 24, 2016
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If you like watching Andy Griffith reruns, you might enjoy living in a small town in the listening area of High Plains Public Radio. Those of us who call these little burgs home enjoy a quality of life that is generally slow-paced, friendly, and satisfying on many levels. Life wasn’t always so idyllic.

KOCO

Oklahoma is struggling with a drastic teacher shortage, reports KOCO.

According to a recent survey Oklahoma districts have eliminated over 1,500 teaching positions since last school year. The state has also gotten rid of almost 1,400 school support positions. This amounts to a total of almost 3,000 education jobs lost in Oklahoma this year.

Last year, as a result of state budget cuts, Oklahoma school districts eliminated more than 2,000 positions.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a change to a criminal justice reform question on the November ballot, reports The Tulsa World. The controversy has to do with the explanation of a law change voters will see on the ballot in November.

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Later this month, Jill Stein will make a campaign swing through Colorado, reports The Denver Post. Stein is the presidential candidate for the Green Party. Colorado overwhelmingly voted for Vermont senator Bernie Sanders at the 2016 caucuses. Stein hopes to appeal to Sanders’s former supporters.

Huffington Post

Yesterday HPPR reported on how pregnancy-related deaths in Texas doubled in the year after the state cut funding to women’s health programs. Now, as the Huffington Post reports, Texas is just an extreme snapshot of the United States’ bigger maternal mortality problem.

Center for Rural Affairs

Tyler Vacha grew up on a farm in Nebraska, and he learned a lot of valuable lessons there. In a recent essay for the Center for Rural Affairs, Tyler wondered if the important lessons he picked up would be foreign to children of the twenty-first century.

Tyler wrote that he’s recently become aware that he’d taken his experiences on the farm for granted. How, he wondered, will he teach his kids to be responsible without asking them to feed and water livestock?

Jonathan Baker

I’m Jonathan Baker, a writer in Canyon, Texas, and I’ve been asked to talk about Willa Cather’s My Antonia.

I have an addiction. I take photos constantly with my phone. Sometimes in West Texas, during a particularly epic sunset, I’ll instinctively start driving west, away from town, out where there are no buildings. Where the good views are.

Later, when I go back and look at my images, I often find I have no nostalgia for the day I snapped the photo of a particular sky. Because I was looking at my phone the whole time.

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Colorado’s upcoming single-payer health care vote in November is dividing Democrats in the state, reports The Gazette. Amendment 69 would create universal health care in Colorado, essentially eliminating all premiums and deductibles and replacing them with a taxpayer supported system.

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Five years ago Texas slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs. That same year, a new study shows, the state experienced a sudden and dramatic spike in pregnancy-related deaths.

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Kansas has signed a deal to upgrade the Medicaid computer system that tracks patient claims and payments to providers.

As member station KCUR reports, Hewlett Packard Enterprises has entered into a $215 million contract with the state to provide the system.

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While the U.S. at large gained workers at a healthy pace last month, unemployment in Kansas is on the rise again. Kansas shed 5,600 jobs last month, sending the unemployment rate up to 4.1 percent in July. That’s up from its level of 3.8 percent in June.

Wallethub

The U.S. is unrivaled worldwide in power and prosperity. Despite this fact, the U.S. has the ninth highest rate of child poverty among economically developed nations.

Nearly one in five American children live in poverty. The personal finance website Wallethub recently determined which states are the best and worst for underprivileged children.

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