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Electric bus movement looks to accelerate; Macron says he has not ruled out using Western troop to help Ukraine stand-up to Russia; two rural Iowa newspapers saved from extinction; BLM announces added protections for sensitive Oregon landscape.

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Speaker Johnson commits to avoiding a government shutdown. Republican Senators call for a trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. And a Democratic Senator aims to ensure protection for IVF nationwide.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

States including California and Illinois have passed mental health legislation similar to what Michigan is now considering, without seeing increases to insurance premiums. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
A House bill aimed at increasing access to mental health care in Michigan could go to a vote on the House floor at any time. Rep. Felicia Brabec…

Colorado's I Matter program provides adolescents in crisis access to six free mental-health counseling sessions, with referrals for further help if it is necessary. (Pexels)
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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Advocates say Colorado legislative leaders are working to make the state a leader in addressing the youth mental health crisis. At least nine bills …

The Florida Senate unanimously approved a comprehensive plan championed by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and other advocates to broaden health care accessibility to accommodate the state's growing population. (TotalShape/Pixabay)
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The Florida House is expected to follow the Senate's lead by signing off on an initiative to pour millions into the state's health care industry…

According to the CDC, untreated cavities can lead to a severe infection under the gums which can spread to other parts of the body and have serious, and in rare cases fatal, results. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
February is Children's Dental Health Month and dentists want to raise awareness about the most common childhood disease and how to prevent it…

The three oral conditions that most affect overall health and quality of life are cavities, severe gum disease and severe tooth loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
The Magnolia State is in the top five for worst access to dental care, according to a county-by-county report. More than 70 million Americans live in …

Women, Black, Hispanic and Latino people are less likely to receive bystander CPR. (Asier/AdobeStock)
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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
During Black History Month, the American Heart Association is emphasizing the significance of heart health education and establishing a heritage of …

Following the Supreme Court's 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade, Massachusetts lawmakers strengthened legal protections for abortion providers, mandated insurance companies cover abortion services, and expanded stockpiles of medication abortion drugs. (Kulbako) <br /><br />
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Monday, February 26, 2024
Legislation in Massachusetts would ban some of the tactics used by "crisis pregnancy centers" to prevent people from having abortions. Many of the …

The Secretary of State has determined Floridians Protecting Freedom has received the requisite number and distribution of valid signatures to obtain a spot on the ballot for a proposed amendment in the 2024 General Election. (Lerone Pieters/Pexels)
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Florida voters will soon have the opportunity to express their views on abortion rights at the ballot box. After Gov. Ron DeSantis approved a law …

If the new defamation bill becomes law, it is unlikely to survive a legal challenge due to what critics say are its clear violations of free speech and anti-discrimination laws. (Pixabay)
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Within hours of the start of Florida's legislative session, newly filed bills are set to test the limits on hot-button topics such as abortion and …

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Nearly 16% of Idaho youth surveyed said they have experienced physical dating violence. (Waseem Ali Khan/Adobe Stock)
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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and young people often find it hard to navigate experiences of harm…

Kentucky's First Lady Britainy Beshear and others speak at the kick-off event for Shop and Share. According to ZeroV, 34% of Kentucky women and 14% of Kentucky men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking. (Angela Conway)
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As Kentuckians prepare for the Super Bowl this weekend, they can also help survivors of domestic violence. At "Shop and Share," a one-day event this …

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reported about 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have been stalked at some point in their lives. (Adobe Stock)
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January is Stalking Awareness Month and advocates said cases of unwanted or repeated surveillance or contact, often alongside intimidation and …

A 2023 Bureau of Labor Statistics report finds close to 60% of disabled people work in the service industry, a higher percentage than the nondisabled community. A New York bill could help these and many other workers with disabilities remain safe from wage theft. (Adobe Stock)
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New York disability rights advocates are working to break barriers in numerous legislative areas, including those in transportation, housing…

In the midst of personal stories of dedication and sacrifice, the fate of family caregiving services now rests on the outcome of a critical public comment period, as Indiana parents strive to secure continued support for the unique needs of their children. (Adobe Stock)
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Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch asked the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Monday to pause budget cuts that could punish Indiana's "most …

One goal of President Joe Biden's April 2023 "Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers" was to make home and community-based services easier for Medicaid recipients to access. (pikselstock/Adobe Stock)
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Many Nebraskans age 65 and older with health limitations, as well as younger people living with a disability, want to remain in their own homes…

More than half (59%) of Kentucky residents have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience or ACE, according to data from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Communities across the Commonwealth want to minimize traumatic experiences for the state's youngest residents - as a way to help stem the drug epidemi…

For a person in a relationship with someone struggling with an addiction, experts recommend asking for help in planning any holiday gatherings, which allows you to avoid some stress while still supporting your partner. (Adobe Stock)
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Celebrating the holiday season can be complicated for households with a loved one dealing with an addiction. A South Dakota expert said there are …

Eleven nonprofit organizations have been selected to receive funding from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Funding for Recovery Equity and Expansion program. (Ally Wells)
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A new statewide program in Kentucky is providing addiction advocacy groups and recovery centers with flexible funding to focus on resource equity and …

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In 2024, Nebraska is spending less than 25% of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers best practices on tobacco control programs, according to an American Lung Association report. (Zhikun Sun/Adobe Stock)
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Nebraska needs to do better when it comes to tobacco use prevention and cessation, according to a newly released report. In the American Lung …

Nearly 85% of youth who vape report using flavored e-cigarettes and more than half said they use disposable e-cigarettes, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Widespread vaping among young Kentuckians continues to be a public health concern - and some local communities are coming up with innovative ways to t…

A study analyzing Massachusetts' menthol ban found there were some increases in cross-border sales of menthols, although they weren't statistically significant. (Adobe Stock)
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The Food and Drug Administration will be releasing guidance on its proposed menthol cigarette ban by month's end. In Virginia, these cigarettes make …

Today marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day. (Nito/Adobe Stock)
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New Mexico activists are tapping today's World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to announce they'll ask the State Legislature to provide more money for treatment …

Globally, an estimated 38 million people live with HIV. (Adobe Stock)
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Today is World AIDS Day, a movement to unite people and communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS. According to AIDSVu, in 2021, more than 11,00…

In 2021, more than 36,000 people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
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Today is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Nevada is one of the 10 states with the highest HIV infection rates. In 2021, more than 11,00…

 

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