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Archive: May 30, 2019

In 2017, 7.7% of American seniors were at risk of going hungry. (Feeding America)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a strong economy, the number of seniors at risk of going hungry remains stubbornly high. According to a new report from Feeding America, 5.5 million U.S. seniors were food insecure in 2017 – and the percentage who were missing meals has remained near the same level ...Read More

Ronald Ross holds an air-pollution monitoring device used in the AirKeepers project. (Clean Air Carolina)

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CHARLOTTE, N. C. – A Mecklenburg County community air-pollution monitoring project is highlighting how housing discrimination affects the health of predominantly African-American residents. For the past three years, people living in Charlotte's West End have been using sensors that measure ai ...Read More

Some 58% of SNAP recipients have jobs, and 82% worked immediately prior to or after receiving benefits. (U.S. Army Reserve)

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LINCOLN, Neb. – New legislation making its way through Congress aims to keep food on the tables of people struggling to find steady employment. Since 1996, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) strips childless adults between ages 18 and 49 of ben ...Read More

The Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston cares for some 65 patients, down from 85 during renovations. (Pixabay)

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EVANSTON, Wyo. – It's been four years since Wyoming State Hospital staff abandoned a patient without food, water or restroom use for more than 24 hours, and advocates describe patient care as still not up to par at the state's largest mental-health facility. Concerns continue about poor medi ...Read More

The American Prairie Reserve is looking to connect and protect more than 3 million acres of Montana prairie land. (American Prairie Reserve)

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – Spring is alive on the prairie in Montana, and so is a project to safeguard this unique environment, one of the most threatened and least protected landscapes in the world. The American Prairie Reserve is working to connect and restore more than 3 million acres of the ecosyst ...Read More

A new report says restorative-justice programs for young people work better to reduce repeat offenses and cost considerably less than traditional prosecution, incarceration and probation. (Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition)

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OAKLAND, Calif. – When a juvenile is accused of a crime, making them face the victim, take responsibility and make amends works better than prosecution and jail time, according to a new report. The Oakland area adopted a restorative-justice approach 9 years ago, and in just the first two yea ...Read More

While there are no fracking wells in Oregon, potential for fracturing has been identified in the Willamette Valley. (Calin Tatu/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators have voted to place a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The state Senate voted to place a five-year ban on the practice. That is only half the timespan the House approved in March, but the House is ex ...Read More

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of human-made chemicals used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s, including firefighting foam. (Pixabay)

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MADISON, Wis. – Firefighting foam may not be as life-saving as you think. The foam often contains chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which can be found in a wide range of products, from nonstick cookware to fast-food wrappers. However, recent studies suggest that exposure t ...Read More

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