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Authorities say the projectile that killed a cinematographer on a film set was a live round, plus Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court will hear arguments about the fairness of the state's school funding system.

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Republicans skewer President Biden over rising energy prices, Biden taps Washington GOP Secretary of State Kim Wyman to oversee election security, and the U.S. pushes to have WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited.

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There is already some vocal disagreement about the Arkansas Legislature's new congressional-district map, which splits the Little Rock area between three of the four districts. (Adobe Stock)
There is already some vocal disagreement about the Arkansas Legislature's new congressional-district map, which splits the Little Rock area between three of the four districts. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A voting-rights coalition is pushing to overturn Arkansas' new congressional maps approved by the state Legislature this month…

There are an estimated 42,000 farms in Arkansas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)
There are an estimated 42,000 farms in Arkansas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- New efforts are underway to help small-scale farms in Arkansas expand their business. The Food Conservancy, a northwest Arkansas …

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says more children would have health insurance if the state provided 12-month continuous eligibility for kids on Medicaid. (Adobe Stock)
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says more children would have health insurance if the state provided 12-month continuous eligibility for kids on Medicaid. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- With the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace open-enrollment period just around the corner, advocacy groups are gearing up to …

Florida's Senate president, Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is calling on visitors to the chamber to be respectful, saying while there are no mask mandates, senators and staff can request social distancing and masking within their own offices. (Pixabay)
Florida's Senate president, Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is calling on visitors to the chamber to be respectful, saying while there are no mask mandates, senators and staff can request social distancing and masking within their own offices. (Pixabay)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo is facing bipartisan rebuke for refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state …

Some 500 volunteers made phone calls and canvassed neighborhoods in Broward County to find truant students. (Pixabay)
Some 500 volunteers made phone calls and canvassed neighborhoods in Broward County to find truant students. (Pixabay)

TAMARAC, Fla. -- Teachers and volunteers in Broward County embarked on a unique canvassing campaign to find up to 11,000 students who either have not …

More than 74% of military veterans living in Kentucky are over age 50, according to data from AARP. (Adobe Stock)
More than 74% of military veterans living in Kentucky are over age 50, according to data from AARP. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A new tool from AARP is designed to help veterans navigate the complex system of figuring out which benefits they may qualify for…

Kentucky resident Ethan Koeler spent two weeks in the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (ETHAN KOELER/FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY KENTUCKY)
Kentucky resident Ethan Koeler spent two weeks in the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (ETHAN KOELER/FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY KENTUCKY)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Marshall County resident Ethan Koeler said he was skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine. Then the 29-year-old contracted the novel …

In 2017, 99% of Kentucky counties lacked a clinic that would perform an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)
In 2017, 99% of Kentucky counties lacked a clinic that would perform an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving a 2018 Kentucky abortion law that bans a medical …

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In 2019 and 2020, more than 9% of children ages 3 to 17, or nearly 5.6 million kids, had anxiety problems. That's a 21% increase from 2017, according to a new United Health Foundation report. (Adobe Stock)
In 2019 and 2020, more than 9% of children ages 3 to 17, or nearly 5.6 million kids, had anxiety problems. That's a 21% increase from 2017, according to a new United Health Foundation report. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 28, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Only 20% of kids nationwide are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day, according to a new United Health Foundation report…

In October 2018, Hurricane Michael inundated Surry County, N.C., increasing sediment in the Mitchell River Watershed. (Resource Institute)
In October 2018, Hurricane Michael inundated Surry County, N.C., increasing sediment in the Mitchell River Watershed. (Resource Institute)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
ELKIN, N.C. - A Mitchell River watershed-restoration project has improved water quality and repaired damage from 2018's Hurricane Michael, as well as …

In 2017, 29,500 abortions were provided in North Carolina, although not all abortions that occurred in the state were provided to state residents, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)
In 2017, 29,500 abortions were provided in North Carolina, although not all abortions that occurred in the state were provided to state residents, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Supreme Court said it will hear oral arguments next Monday related to a controversial Texas abortion law. For now, the state's …

In 2019 and 2020, more than 9% of children ages 3 to 17, or nearly 5.6 million kids, had anxiety problems. That's a 21% increase from 2017, according to a new United Health Foundation report. (Adobe Stock)
In 2019 and 2020, more than 9% of children ages 3 to 17, or nearly 5.6 million kids, had anxiety problems. That's a 21% increase from 2017, according to a new United Health Foundation report. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Only 20% of kids nationwide are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day, according to a new United Health Foundation …

Across Tennessee, groups are hosting public forums to engage residents in the redistricting process. The state Legislature will vote on the finalized electoral maps in January. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Across Tennessee, groups are hosting public forums to engage residents in the redistricting process. The state Legislature will vote on the finalized electoral maps in January. (Adobe Stock)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- East Tennesseans can learn more about the redistricting process in Tennessee and share input at an upcoming public hearing held …

Cardiovascular disease occurs every 39 seconds and still is the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. (Adobe stock)<br />
Cardiovascular disease occurs every 39 seconds and still is the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. (Adobe stock)

Monday, October 25, 2021
ARLINGTON, Va. -- COVID-19 has exposed inequities in health care, and this year's Greater Washington Region Heart Walk aims to raise funds to close …

Hispanic people are 2.3 times as likely to have died from COVID-19 than white/non-Hispanic people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Hispanic people are 2.3 times as likely to have died from COVID-19 than white/non-Hispanic people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

A new report from Georgetown University explains that opportunities to explore careers through field trips, career days and other activities should start as early as elementary school. (Adobe Stock)
A new report from Georgetown University explains that opportunities to explore careers through field trips, career days and other activities should start as early as elementary school. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The pathway to a career has become more difficult for some in recent years, with many young people not landing the right job until …

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A 2020 report by the Environmental Working Group identified the presence of PFAS chemicals in the tap water of dozens of U.S. cities where contamination was not previously suspected. (Adobe Stock)<br />
A 2020 report by the Environmental Working Group identified the presence of PFAS chemicals in the tap water of dozens of U.S. cities where contamination was not previously suspected. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The federal government said it soon will begin taking steps to study and restrict the use of so-called "forever" chemicals …

Roneisha and Tia are two moms receiving guaranteed incomes as part of the Magnolia Mother's Trust. (Art by Brandi Phipps/Ms. Magazine)
Roneisha and Tia are two moms receiving guaranteed incomes as part of the Magnolia Mother's Trust. (Art by Brandi Phipps/Ms. Magazine)

By Katie Fleischer for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Lily Böhlke for West Virginia News Service reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

West Virginia mom Lucia Valentine wants lawmakers in Congress to support investments in clean energy infrastructure. (Photo courtesy of Valentine)
West Virginia mom Lucia Valentine wants lawmakers in Congress to support investments in clean energy infrastructure. (Photo courtesy of Valentine)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some West Virginia families are calling on Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to support President Joe Biden's climate action plan…

 

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