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Two Mojave desert tortoises hide from the desert heat under a rock ledge in Red Cliffs Desert Reserve on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Utah. Biologists in southern Utah are surveying the damage left by a wildfire that scorched large swaths of land set aside for a rare tortoise habitat in southern Utah. (Joan Meiners/The Spectrum via AP)

Biologists survey wildfire destruction on tortoise habitat

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — After the Turkey Farm Road Fire fried nearly 12,000 acres north of St. George, Utah, in mid-July, including large swaths of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area that was set aside in 2009 as habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, biologists worried what they would...

VCU aims to boost numbers on National Voter Registration Day

Sep. 22, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and volunteers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond are working online and in-person to get out the student vote. Get-out-the-vote groups are holding events that allow students to register to vote in-person and follow social...

Volunteer firefighter charged with pulling gun on motorist

Sep. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — State police say a member of a Delaware volunteer fire department is facing felony charges after pulling a gun on a motorist while directing traffic at the scene of an incident. Authorities reported Monday that 69-year-old Elliott Glover of Smyrna is charged with aggravated menacing and...

Vermont seeks lawyers, law students as poll workers

Sep. 20, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont secretary of state’s office said it's working with the Vermont Bar Association to get lawyers and law students to volunteer as poll workers during the November election. Many of the people who traditionally volunteer as poll workers may not be able to do so...

Cowgirls of the West Museum Director Pam Cooper, left, and museum co-founder Gerrie Bishop pose for a photo inside the museum on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Cheyenne, Wyo. The museum is reopening on Saturdays amid efforts to keep it alive through the coronavirus pandemic. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)

Donors, others, step up to help Cheyenne cowgirl museum

Sep. 20, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming was built on the tradition of the American cowboy. It’s evident in everything from one of the state’s nicknames to the university’s mascot. But the women who made it possible for those men to settle the so-called Equality State aren’t always given...

Indiana: Celebrate Public Lands Day by volunteering

Sep. 20, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Hoosiers can celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday by supporting their favorite state property with volunteer work or simply visiting. National Public Lands Day, on Sept. 26, is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer...

Fruit cups are stacked on a shelf at the Serving Our Kids Foundation warehouse in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The volunteer program that started small, supplying bags of food to 20 students at one Las Vegas-area school 14 years ago, has become a nonprofit supplying weekend meals for about 3,800 students at 80 southern Nevada schools. (Steve Marcus /Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Volunteers find big need for student weekend meals in Vegas

Sep. 19, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-area program that started small, supplying food to 20 students at one school 14 years ago, has grown into a nonprofit that provides weekend meals for about 3,800 students at 80 southern Nevada schools. Serving Our Kids Executive Director Dale Darcas said that when he asked...

North Dakota sets daily highs in 4 coronavirus categories

Sep. 18, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

BISMRCK, N.D. (AP) — Daily coronavirus data in North Dakota set four records on Friday, as active cases of COVID-19 neared 3,000, deaths continued to mount in Burleigh County, and the state issued an emergency call for volunteer staffing at long-term care facilities that are seeing a surge in cases. The...

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Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Sep. 18, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at a busy Latino farmers market: Want to test a COVID-19 vaccine? Aided by Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors, a...

Sharawn Vinson, front left, and family members and friends cheer for her daughter, Maddison Washington, 11, as they watch her virtual graduation from middle school in the living room of their three-bedroom apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. After months of pandemic isolation and living with the fear of hunger as bills piled up, Vinson and her kids continued volunteering to help feed their own community. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

A family struggle as pandemic worsens food insecurity

Sep. 14, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry. There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black...