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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

Researchers at Loyola University in Chicago say almost 175,000 people are held in pretrial detention each year in Illinois. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
A set of controversial reforms to Illinois' cash bail system went into effect this week, changing a decades-old system of holding people in jail …

Many librarians are concerned that groups pushing them to pull certain titles from their shelves are promoting authoritarianism rather than democracy. (Adobe Stock)
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A pair of Illinois state officials testified Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the state General Assembly's adoption of a bill to …

In 2023, the average debt load per student loan borrower in Illinois was $37,757, the seventh-highest amount in the country. (Karen Roach/Adobe Stock)
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A new student loan repayment plan is expected to help thousands of borrowers cut their monthly payments by half. More than four million student loan …

The Indiana Girl Report says from 2015 to 2021, the rate of physical and sexual dating violence among high school girls in Indiana increased to 17%. (Adobe Stock).<br /><br /><br />
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Monday, September 18, 2023
A new report focuses on "girl power" in Indiana - with an analysis of how young girls are faring in the state, and recommendations for improving …

Education watchdog Chalkbeat Indiana says members of the Class of 2021 went to college at a rate of 52.9%, down from  53.4% for the Class of 2020. (Adobe Stock)
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The number of Indiana high school graduates who go on to college is dropping - and one reason may be the admissions process, which can be complex and …

A 2022 Audubon Society poll found 92% of Hoosiers surveyed said "issues involving protecting fish and wildlife habitat, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands" are important priorities to them. (Adobe Stock)
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Indiana is losing wetlands even as the state has made some effort to protect them. Wetlands provide wildlife habitat, purify and recharge …

Creation of the Rural Emergency Hospital designation comes in response to a high rate of rural hospital closures. Between January 2010, and August 2022, 139 rural hospitals closed, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
People in rural America are five times as likely to live in so-called "ambulance deserts," areas far from an ambulance service or station, than those …

Access to health care in rural America was a popular topic at the Rural Policy Action Summit in April, according to a report, with concerns raised about the number of rural hospitals closing their doors. (Adobe Stock)
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A group of rural policymakers and advocates has released its top priorities to help small towns thrive in Iowa and across the country. The 2023 …

Workers at Thombert produce polyurethane wheels for electric forklifts. The workers, represented by UAW local 997, are fighting for higher wages, more affordable healthcare, and a better work-life balance. (UAW 997)
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A strike at the Thombert Manufacturing facility in Newton is entering its sixth week. Workers and company management are trying to come to terms on a …

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The Kansas rankings in the 2023 Kids Count Data Book include: 17th in overall child well-being; 22nd in health; 24th in family and community, and 26th in education. (Adobe Stock)
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Kansas ranks seventh among states in the area of economic well-being in the 2023 Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book. Rankings on the …

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In 1981, the United Nations adopted a resolution encouraging the need for an International Day of Peace. The celebration was observed for the first time in 1982. (ananaline/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
In cities across the globe, including the Michigan city of Midland, various organizations are commemorating International Day of Peace today…

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy. It has gained momentum since it was first observed in 2012. (Robert Yap/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Today is National Voter Registration Day. Michiganders have many locations where they can register to vote, such as community colleges, universities…

Tickets to the premiere of "Troubled Water" are $13 at the door and at cityoperahouse.org. (AStakhiv/Adobe Stock)
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They're calling it an "adventure conservation documentary," and the film has its first showing tonight in Traverse City. "Troubled Water" chronicles …

Health coverage aid groups and providers warn if you wait until the last minute and rush your enrollment for an insurance plan, you could end up in the wrong program or with benefits that do not suit your needs. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
When it comes to open enrollment and navigating health insurance options, experts say starting your research sooner rather than later is the best …

While Minnesota continues to see job growth in clean energy, trade groups warn if efforts are not accelerated to add more grid capacity, projects slated for development could be stalled or canceled, potentially cutting into job gains. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Federal data show much of the U.S. is seeing job growth for the clean energy sector, and Minnesota is no exception, as new regional numbers confirm …

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says last year's spike in the nation's child poverty rate is the largest increase for children dating back to 1967. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, September 18, 2023
Policy experts are reacting to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, showing the nation's child poverty rate has more than doubled, to 12%. In …

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National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy. It has gained momentum since it was first observed in 2012. (DEEP/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Today is National Voter Registration Day, and Missourians have many locations where they can register to vote - from community colleges and …

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing standards to regulate emissions from five unmeasured fugitive and intermittent particulate sources. The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule to Sept. 29. (Natalie Schorr/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, September 18, 2023
Emission standards for blast furnaces such as some iron and steel mills in Missouri have not been updated in years. The Environmental Protection …

While you may feel too busy to de-stress, you can decide to take back your "me time," one moment at a time, with videos on the American Heart Association website. (soupstock/Adobe Stock)
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As fall classes and after-school activities are in full swing, Missouri families can feel pressure to do it all, but the American Heart Association …

Approved uses of funds from the $24 billion in Child Care Stabilization Grants for providers included personnel costs, recruitment and retention; mortgage, rent and utilities, and facility upgrades. (Firn/Adobe Stock)
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For many in Nebraska's child-care industry, which was struggling even before the pandemic, the "Child Care Stabilization" funds in the American …

"Eco-anxiety" is defined by The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as "a fear and sense of doom about the possibly irreversible climate change disaster that is occurring in our world." Parents are encouraged to listen to young people's concerns about climate change and watch for signs of high anxiety levels. (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)
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A 2021 survey published in The Lancet showed almost half of U.S. youth ages 16 to 25 feel "heightened worry" about climate change. Sponsors of …

According to the Anti-Defamation League, there were 356 reported anti-LGBTQ hate incidents between June 2022 and April 2023. They "often overlapped with other forms of hate, with at least 128 incidents also citing antisemitic tropes, and 30 also citing racist tropes." (Adobe Stock)
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youths in Nebraska and across the country are exposed to a steady stream of news about anti-LGBTQ …

The U.S. Department of the Interior currently manages 11,000 bison in herds across 4.6 million acres of public lands in a dozen states. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced $5 million in funding to help reintroduce bison to Native American Tribal lands around the country…

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says last year's spike in the nation's child poverty rate is the largest increase for children dating back to 1967. (Adobe Stock)
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The U.S. Census Bureau is out with new findings showing that the nation's child poverty rate has more than doubled, to 12%. Policy experts say a key …

Policy analysts said the Farm Bill is generally a bipartisan issue, but reauthorization can get held up by spending disputes over certain programs, especially the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. (Adobe Stock)
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North Dakota farmers and fellow producers from around the country are in Washington, D.C., this week, calling on Congress to prioritize the soon-to-…

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Leslie Ann Celebrezze, administrative judge of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court. (Courtesy: Gus Chan for the Marshall Project)<br />
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
By Mark Puente for The Marshall Project.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection reporting for the Marshall Project-Public News Se…

In 2023, nearly two-thirds of Medicare enrollees are in individual plans that are open for general enrollment, according to KFF. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Ohio experts say understanding a health care plan's benefits and comparing plans are critical for ensuring people have the coverage they need and keep…

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau research from 2021 showed consumer credit records reflected $88 billion worth of medical debt. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, September 18, 2023
Since the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021, a number of cities and counties in Ohio and around the nation have used ARPA funding to …

According to South Dakota Health Department data, WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling for more than 13,000 participants, including 1,600 pregnant and postpartum individuals. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
South Dakota health leaders have said it can be a challenge to reach people eligible for a long-standing nutrition assistance program for at-risk new …

Policy analysts say if retail chains flood too many small towns, pushing out Main Street businesses in the process, these communities could lose tourists seeking the local charm of places like boutiques and independent bookstores. (Adobe Stock)
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Travel through rural parts of South Dakota and chances are you will pass a "dollar store". A new report says corporate retailers have too big a …

Federal health officials say people living with dementia often receive fragmented care, making it harder on both the patient and their caregiver as they try to manage their needs. (Adobe Stock)
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This fall, a key federal agency will open up applications for providers who want to join a nationwide model to improve Alzheimer's care. South Dakota …

This summer's stretches of smoky air, brought on by Canadian wildfires, have prompted more concern in the Midwest about the arrival of climate-change threats and how cities can respond. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
New polling suggests most Americans support nationwide efforts to boost renewable energy capacity under the threat of climate change, and a local …

Some 80% of female Hispanic voters between ages 18 and 29 voted as Democrats in 2022, as did 89% of African American women in the same age range. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, September 18, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris is embarking on a monthlong college tour, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to hear what students are …

In a new poll from the group A Better Wisconsin Together, 66% of Wisconsin voters say they would rather see the Legislature prioritize education rather than seek the possible impeachment of a liberal state Supreme Court justice. (Adobe Stock)
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Following last spring's election, where Wisconsin voted in a liberal justice to the state Supreme Court, Republican leaders are further exploring a …

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