As Rural Towns Lose Population, They Can Learn To 'Shrink Smart'

Just outside tiny Sheffield, Iowa, a modern steel and glass office building has sprung up next to a cornfield. Behind it, there's a plant that employs almost 700 workers making Sukup brand steel grain bins. The factory provides an economic anchor for Sheffield, population 1,125. Charles Sukup, the company's president, says that even though workers can be hard to come by, there are no plans to relocate. "Our philosophy is you bloom where you're planted," Sukup says with a smile. Many small...

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A Canadian Mining company has officially asked the Washington Department of Ecology to begin the review process for a proposed Silicon Smelter in Newport, Washington.

The company is now calling itself PacWest Silicon, but was formerly known as Hi Test. It is asking the Ecology department to begin the environmental review of the proposed Smelter in Newport.

Ecology Department Spokeswoman Brook Beeler says the initial phase will be to determine if this project is significant enough to warrant and Environmental impact statement.

In opposition to the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families, at least four governors, including two Republicans, say they will not send their National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded, Maryland will not deploy any National Guard resources to the border," Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Tuesday. He said he called back four crew members and a helicopter that were stationed in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors have charged a former CIA software engineer with stealing secret material from the agency and passing it along to "an organization that purports to publicly disseminate classified, sensitive, and confidential information."

Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.

Here's what we know about the policy, its history and its effects:

Does the Trump administration have a policy of separating families at the border?

Yes.

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

Congressional Republicans are racing to find legislative options to stop a White House policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border amid widespread condemnation of the practice.

Screen time is often considered the enemy when it comes to teaching kids to be active and well-behaved. But should all forms of media be considered equal?

Research being presented Tuesday finds that for 9- and 10-year-old children taking part in a study of brain development, greater social media use, such as using scrolling through Instagram and texting, was associated with some positive effects, including increased physical activity, less family conflict and fewer sleep problems.

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Recreational marijuana use is a step closer to being legal in Canada, after the House of Commons approved the Cannabis Act on Monday. The legislation is now in the Senate, where it has been the subject of debate and proposed amendments.

"The Senate had proposed 46 amendments to The Cannabis Act but the Liberal government rejected several major ones last week," the CBC reports, "including one provision that would have affirmed the provinces' right to ban home cultivation of marijuana."

Paul Lindholdt is a professor of English at Eastern Washington University. He is the creator and editor of a recently published collection: "The Spokane River."

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