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Educators' unions call for efforts to ensure in-person learning keeps students, teachers, families, and staff safe; and an update on hate crimes by state.

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Congress passes Capitol security funding; House Freedom Caucus members want Cheney, Kinzinger out of GOP conference; Schumer closes a deal to advance $3.5 trillion reconciliation package; and a new report says investor-owned utilities try to block rooftop solar.

In a survey of young people who have experienced foster care, nearly 20% reported they ran out of food. (Maya Kruchancova/Adobe Stock)
In a survey of young people who have experienced foster care, nearly 20% reported they ran out of food. (Maya Kruchancova/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansans ages 16 to 26 who are or have been in the foster-care system now are eligible for one-time payments of at least $750…

2020 Census Bureau apportionment data shows Arkansas is set to maintain four representatives in Congress. (mrlover/Adobe Stock)
2020 Census Bureau apportionment data shows Arkansas is set to maintain four representatives in Congress. (mrlover/Adobe Stock)

MONTICELLO, Ark. -- Arkansas' public redistricting hearings start next Thursday in Monticello, and groups advocating for fair voting-district maps …

Health officials in Arkansas are working hard to address vaccine hesitancy. (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)
Health officials in Arkansas are working hard to address vaccine hesitancy. (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Health officials in Arkansas are urging residents who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine yet to change that as soon as …

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) decided not to act to change the state's net-metering rule at its Sept. 17, 2020, workshop on Customer-Owned Renewable Generation. (mrganso/Pixabay)
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) decided not to act to change the state's net-metering rule at its Sept. 17, 2020, workshop on Customer-Owned Renewable Generation. (mrganso/Pixabay)

Friday, July 30, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …

Founded just before the pandemic, the USA Wheelchair Football League is the first football league of its kind, for adults living with disabilities. (Move United)
Founded just before the pandemic, the USA Wheelchair Football League is the first football league of its kind, for adults living with disabilities. (Move United)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Move United's USA Wheelchair Football League is expanding from four cities to nine, including Tampa, to give athletes with …

According to the U.S. Census, on average, Black women were paid 63% of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2019. (Pexels)
According to the U.S. Census, on average, Black women were paid 63% of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2019. (Pexels)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With Black women carrying more student loan debt than any other group, a national petition has been launched to cancel $50,000 …

It's estimated that more than 241,000 DACA-eligible students are enrolled in college, according to the Migration Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)
It's estimated that more than 241,000 DACA-eligible students are enrolled in college, according to the Migration Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In a recent ruling, a federal judge in Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program…

LG&E and Kentucky Utilities serve more than 1.3 million customers across more than 90 counties. (Adobe Stock)
LG&E and Kentucky Utilities serve more than 1.3 million customers across more than 90 counties. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Public Service Commission has rejected proposed rate hikes by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky …

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Resource Institute and partners recently restored a portion of Big Elkin Creek in Surry County to improve habitat and downstream water quality.(Resource Institute)
Resource Institute and partners recently restored a portion of Big Elkin Creek in Surry County to improve habitat and downstream water quality.(Resource Institute)

Thursday, July 29, 2021
ELKIN, N.C. -- Surry and Wilkes County residents will have cleaner water with less pollution and less sediment, thanks to a recently completed stream …

Thirty-three percent of U.S. adults have experienced identity theft, more than twice the global average. (Adobe Stock)
Thirty-three percent of U.S. adults have experienced identity theft, more than twice the global average. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As more North Carolinians resume travel and take vacations this summer, most will be relying on their debit and credit cards…

Trawl nets are responsible for the majority of fish and shrimp catches worldwide. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Trawl nets are responsible for the majority of fish and shrimp catches worldwide. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to vote at its August meeting on a new amendment pertaining to shrimp …

Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, one of 95 counties in Tennessee that will undergo redistricting this fall. (Adobe Stock)
Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, one of 95 counties in Tennessee that will undergo redistricting this fall. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's 95 counties are expected to undergo redistricting once they've received 2020 Census county-level population data this …

Employers such as General Motors have hosted clinics or facilitated employee access to COVID-19 vaccines as part of their re-opening process. (Adobe Stock)
Employers such as General Motors have hosted clinics or facilitated employee access to COVID-19 vaccines as part of their re-opening process. (Adobe Stock)

SPRING HILL, Tenn. -- Tennessee employers are ramping up efforts to convince their employees to get vaccinated, as the Delta variant, a more …

More than one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
More than one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Experts say they're seeing an uptick in eating disorders fueled by social media consumption and more than a year of increased …

Men accounted for two-thirds of the enrollment last year in Virginia's workforce grant program, which helps folks get jobs in construction and other industries. (Adobe stock)
Men accounted for two-thirds of the enrollment last year in Virginia's workforce grant program, which helps folks get jobs in construction and other industries. (Adobe stock)

Thursday, July 29, 2021
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- With many Virginians still experiencing pandemic-related unemployment, students at a state community college were able to get …

The expanded Child Tax Credit gives families $250 to $300 every month per child and can be used for anything the family needs, such as groceries, rent or utilities. (Adobe stock)
The expanded Child Tax Credit gives families $250 to $300 every month per child and can be used for anything the family needs, such as groceries, rent or utilities. (Adobe stock)

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. -- Beginning last week, thousands of Virginia families with children saw more money in their bank accounts as the federal …

As people look to take off the weight they gained during the pandemic, research confirms walking may also help ward off depression and heart disease. (Adobe Stock)
As people look to take off the weight they gained during the pandemic, research confirms walking may also help ward off depression and heart disease. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - COVID-19 turned daily life upside down and, for many, the stress led to troublesome eating habits and body-image problems. An …

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Supporters of the 30 Million Solar Homes Initiative say over the next five years, it would create $69 billion in electric-bill savings. (Adobe Stock)
Supporters of the 30 Million Solar Homes Initiative say over the next five years, it would create $69 billion in electric-bill savings. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A report outlines how federal efforts to bring solar energy to one in four American households could bring clean energy to …

Tens of millions of families have been sent the first payment of the expanded child tax credit. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Tens of millions of families have been sent the first payment of the expanded child tax credit. (Adobe Stock)

WHEELING, W.Va. -- An estimated 346,000 West Virginia children, 93% of all kids in the state, live in households that likely received their first …

Across the country on July 17, communities held "Good Trouble" vigils to honor the memory of the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. (Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Congress, Office of Nancy Pelosi)
Across the country on July 17, communities held "Good Trouble" vigils to honor the memory of the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. (Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Congress, Office of Nancy Pelosi)

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Advocacy groups held a candlelight vigil in Charleston over the weekend, marking the one-year anniversary of the passing of …

 

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