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Archive: August 21, 2019

A new proposal aims to make North Carolina's shrimp-trawling industry more sustainable by lessening the amount of fish that are caught in shrimp nets as bycatch.

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal that would place certain conditions on shrimp trawling in order to reduce the bycatch of juvenile fish such as spot, Atlantic croaker and grey trout. The new rules would allow the state to ...Read More

Kentucky school districts soon will be able to increase behavioral-health and health services for students by using federal Medicaid dollars. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Local school districts will soon be able to hire more licensed psychologists, counselors and other behavioral-health professionals, thanks to upcoming Medicaid changes that will allow schools to use federal dollars. Kristi Putnam, deputy secretary of the state's Cabinet for ...Read More

About 10% of Oregon's population lives in hard-to-count neighborhoods. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Philanthropic groups are partnering with the state of Oregon to ensure hard-to-count areas are included in the 2020 census. The Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon consists of nearly 40 groups, including the Meyer Memorial Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and Un ...Read More

New U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that overall tobacco use among teens is on the rise, largely due to growing e-cigarette use. (TBEC Review/Wikimedia Commons)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On Monday, Cheyenne's city council is expected to vote on a measure that would add e-cigarettes to the city's smoke-free ordinance. Jason Mincer, Wyoming government relations director with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, calls e-cigarettes the tobacco indu ...Read More

The average annual cost of a brand-name prescription medication has outpaced inflation by about 400% over the past decade. (Secondside/Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. – The rising cost of prescription drug prices continues to make headlines, and Michiganders are encouraged to help find solutions. AARP Michigan is hosting two upcoming Prescription Drug Community Conversations next Monday. Associate State Director for Communications Mark Horn ...Read More

Will heartbeat bills force the U.S. Supreme Court to re-examine Roe v. Wade? (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Reproductive- and civil-rights organizations are hoping to strike a final blow against Ohio's so-called "Heartbeat Bill." Senate Bill 23 bans abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which typically is around six weeks of pregnancy. The law was temporarily blocked from go ...Read More

Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., is the site where the first ship bearing enslaved Africans landed in the English colonies in August 1619. (National Park Service)

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HAMPTON, Va. – Events marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of slavery in the United States will take place in Hampton this weekend. On August 23, 1619, the first ship bearing enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort, now Fort Monroe, in Virginia. Many consider the moment a dark part ...Read More

A national coalition that includes MoveOn.org, union and health-care reform groups helped organize Monday's national day of action on drug pricing. (Mensatic/Morguefile)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Groups that fight for better health and consumer rights held a roundtable on prescription drug prices last night in Las Vegas, one of 51 similar events around the country. The events were part of a nationwide day of action called "People Over Pharma Profits.” Laura Ma ...Read More

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