Friday, July 23, 2021

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More than 10,000 NY and NJ airport workers will get health insurance as part of new contract negotiations; and Dr. Jill Biden is in Tokyo for the Olympic Games.

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Drama builds over who will serve on the House January 6th panel; Senate tries to hold tech accountable for COVID misinformation; and VP Harris promotes a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

On average, Black minors in the United States were five times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts in 2015. The rate had fallen to 4.4 times by 2019. (Adobe Stock)
On average, Black minors in the United States were five times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts in 2015. The rate had fallen to 4.4 times by 2019. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, July 23, 2021
HARTFORD, Conn. -- While there has been a decline in youth incarceration overall, a report on data gathered just before the pandemic shows …

Between 2009 and 2017, when 'raise the age' laws were implemented, Connecticut saw an 85% decrease in the number of minors housed at its Mason Youth Correctional Institute. (Adobe Stock)
Between 2009 and 2017, when 'raise the age' laws were implemented, Connecticut saw an 85% decrease in the number of minors housed at its Mason Youth Correctional Institute. (Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A new report shows Connecticut has been able to decrease the number of young people in its juvenile-justice system since …

About 1,000 children drown every year in the U.S., according to the Zac Foundation, and 7,000 more end up in emergency rooms because of a drowning scare. (Adobe Stock)<br />
About 1,000 children drown every year in the U.S., according to the Zac Foundation, and 7,000 more end up in emergency rooms because of a drowning scare. (Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- COVID-19 remains a threat to many, including kids under 12 who can't get a vaccination, but a Connecticut children's safety …

Nearly 300,000 Maine kids will benefit from the expanded Advance Child Tax Credit. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)
Nearly 300,000 Maine kids will benefit from the expanded Advance Child Tax Credit. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, July 22, 2021
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Parents are now receiving fully refundable monthly 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payments, and advocates for children and families …

Maine has 30 funded TRIO programs, serving 95 schools across the state. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)
Maine has 30 funded TRIO programs, serving 95 schools across the state. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bipartisan group of nearly 60 U.S. senators led by Susan Collins, R-Maine, is urging more funding for the federal TRIO programs…

In a survey, three in 10 Mainers reported they have anxiety related to the condition of their mouth or teeth. (lisovoy/Adobe Stock)
In a survey, three in 10 Mainers reported they have anxiety related to the condition of their mouth or teeth. (lisovoy/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine. -- As Maine works to expand access to dental care for low-income residents, health-care advocates say lessons can be learned from …

About 41% of youths in juvenile facilities are Black, according to a new report, despite being only 15% of the youth population in America. (Adobe stock)
About 41% of youths in juvenile facilities are Black, according to a new report, despite being only 15% of the youth population in America. (Adobe stock)

Thursday, July 22, 2021
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Although incarceration disparities for Black and white youths fell over the past decade, a new report shows young people of color …

Jobless residents in Texas and Ohio are following Maryland's footsteps and filing lawsuits to reinstate federal unemployment benefits. (Adobe Stock)
Jobless residents in Texas and Ohio are following Maryland's footsteps and filing lawsuits to reinstate federal unemployment benefits. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Maryland workers celebrate a court victory, which allows them to continue collecting federal unemployment benefits, …

Family caregivers are spending, on average, 26% of their income on caregiving activities, according to an AARP report. (Adobe stock)
Family caregivers are spending, on average, 26% of their income on caregiving activities, according to an AARP report. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Caring for an older loved one can be emotionally draining, and a new report shows 78% of family caregivers also face significant …

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The right whale population has decreased by more than 100 animals since 2010. (Stephen Meese/Adobe Stock)
The right whale population has decreased by more than 100 animals since 2010. (Stephen Meese/Adobe Stock)

Friday, July 23, 2021
BOSTON -- A new survey finds widespread public support up and down the East Coast for protecting right whales from getting tangled up in fishing gear…

Uber and Lyft are among the app-based companies that successfully campaigned for a ballot initiative to allow them to classify their workers as independent contractors. (Kaspars Grinvalds/Adobe Stock)
Uber and Lyft are among the app-based companies that successfully campaigned for a ballot initiative to allow them to classify their workers as independent contractors. (Kaspars Grinvalds/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, July 22, 2021
BOSTON - The AFL-CIO is holding a week of action to urge Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize - or PRO - Act, what some labor …

Massachusetts is home to more than 5,000 DACA recipients. (Scott Maxwell/Adobe Stock)
Massachusetts is home to more than 5,000 DACA recipients. (Scott Maxwell/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
BOSTON -- Immigrants' rights advocates are calling on Congress to pave the way to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S…

87% of New Hampshire kids are set to benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit. (Adobe Stock)
87% of New Hampshire kids are set to benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, July 22, 2021
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Parents are now receiving fully refundable monthly 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payments, and advocates for children and families …

Most rental assistance in New Hampshire is used for rent and mortgage payments, with some going towards utilities, home heating, Internet and other expenses. (Joe/Adobe Stock)
Most rental assistance in New Hampshire is used for rent and mortgage payments, with some going towards utilities, home heating, Internet and other expenses. (Joe/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
CONCORD, N.H. -- Legal aid groups urged residents to know their rights to a fair court process as tenants, and to apply for rental assistance if …

A recent report recommends New Hampshire strengthen standards for learning about federalism, elections, political parties, and comparative government in high school civics. (Shane/Adobe Stock)
A recent report recommends New Hampshire strengthen standards for learning about federalism, elections, political parties, and comparative government in high school civics. (Shane/Adobe Stock)

CONCORD, N.H. -- Civics and history education are lacking in New Hampshire, according to a new report. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute rated every …

As part of a new contract 3 months in the making, healthcare coverage has already kicked in for over two thousand contract airport workers dating back to July 1. (32BJ SEIU)
As part of a new contract 3 months in the making, healthcare coverage has already kicked in for over two thousand contract airport workers dating back to July 1. (32BJ SEIU)

Friday, July 23, 2021
NEW YORK -- Over 10,000 New York and New Jersey front-line airport workers will get health insurance as part of new contract negotiations that come at…

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A new report finds programs like the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program could eventually transform energy-bill assistance into self-reliance through investments in local solar energy. (Adobe Stock)
A new report finds programs like the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program could eventually transform energy-bill assistance into self-reliance through investments in local solar energy. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, July 22, 2021
HARRISBURG, Pa. - With federal investment, a proposal to connect 30 million homes in the United States to solar energy could have a big impact in …

Reports suggest state and local municipalities can enact policies to keep more money in local economies and reduce damage to health and quality of life, in the wake of the natural-gas boom. (Adobe Stock)
Reports suggest state and local municipalities can enact policies to keep more money in local economies and reduce damage to health and quality of life, in the wake of the natural-gas boom. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report demonstrates why the last decade's natural-gas boom in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia fell below expectations …

Unconventional wells emit methane and lead to air pollution in nearby communities. (SkyTruth/Flickr)
Unconventional wells emit methane and lead to air pollution in nearby communities. (SkyTruth/Flickr)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Advocates for clean air are calling on the Wolf administration to strengthen a proposed regulation on methane emissions. They say …

 

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