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03/01/2024: Deepfakes | Turkey Creek Advocates | National Read Across America Day

Lawmakers want to prevent AI from being used to deceive voters prior to an election.

Then, residents of Turkey Creek say they still have concerns after a court ruled a military storage site can be built nearby.

Plus, tomorrow is Read Across America Day, and early education organizations are calling on parents to get a book and read with their kids.

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    24:33
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