Iowa to begin accepting Afghan refugees

About 350 Afghan refugees will resettle soon within Iowa, officials anticipate. “Right now, the resettlement agencies working in Iowa believe we have capacity to help resettle approximately 350 Afghans in addition to our normal resettlement programs,” U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Des Moines Field Office Director Kerri True-Funk told The Center Square in an […]

Five steps for Nigeria’s athletes to build personal brands

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have come and gone. The games always motivate some young people to get into sports. But while there is glamour attached to sports participation, there are also well documented challenges with regard to administration and funding in Nigeria. Many of the athletes representing Nigeria in Tokyo experienced funding problems as a result of bad administration. The organisation in charge […]

Tennessee law restricting classroom discussions on race inspires passionate, poignant and enraged feedback

Tammy Williams, a resident of Franklin, Tennessee, called anything that resembles critical race theory “racist” and divisive. Deborah Edwards, a grandmother near Memphis, expressed dismay at her home state’s “attempt to censor the teaching of American history.” And Michael Franklin, a Vietnam veteran from Nashville, said a new state law limiting classroom discussions about racism […]

Federal, state funding set aside to improve trails network throughout Maryland

Patrons of Maryland’s vast network of hiking, biking and walking trails should soon be seeing an infusion of improvements through federal and state grants, state officials said Monday. “These grants are helping us enhance quality of life and provide additional safe bike and pedestrian opportunities,” Gov. Hogan said in a news release. Hogan said that […]

A football World Cup every two years? An expert runs the numbers

In May 2021, Fifa began exploring the idea of holding a men’s football World Cup every two years instead of four. Further plans have since been unveiled, and the proposal, which originally came from Saudi Arabia, has received support from some international organisations. Fifa’s chief of global football development and former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he is […]

Biden administration moving Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters back to D.C. from Colorado

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo., will be moved back to Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced on Friday. The bureau, which is tasked with managing over 245 million acres, mostly in Western states, will still maintain a Western headquarters at the Grand Junction location, but […]

Thousands of Haitian migrants fleeing disaster and unrest seek asylum at Del Rio bridge

DEL RIO — Five days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of foreign mercenaries on July 7, 29-year-old Stelin Jean decided to flee the country with his wife and two children — traveling to Bolivia, where many Haitians have arrived recently before starting an arduous overland trek to the United States. […]

State officials lobby Missouri Senate panel to legalize sports wagering in 2022

Fiscal Year 2021, which ended June 30, was a record year for the Missouri Lottery with ticket sales up by nearly 20% and receipts topping $1.8 billion, netting $345 million for state education programs. But if Missouri lawmakers allowed new products, such as sports wagering, and took steps to “modernize our channels of distribution” through […]

Iowa schedules special election to fill Rep. Breckenridge’s former seat on Oct. 12

With the resignation of Rep. Wes Breckenridge, D-Newton, a special election will be held Oct. 12 for District 29 of the Iowa House of Representatives, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Sept. 14. Republican Jon Dunwell, who describes himself as a speaker, trainer and coach on his campaign website, announced Sept. 15 on Facebook that he is running. He said he […]

Gov. Greg Abbott backpedals on pledge to shut down border crossings and blames Biden administration for confusion

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he directed state troopers and the Texas National Guard “to shut down six points of entry along the southern border” at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — then reversed himself shortly after, blaming the Biden administration for flip-flopping in its request for state help. But […]