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Following a settlement with tribes, SD phases In voting-access reforms; older voters: formidable factor in Maine gubernatorial race; walking: a simple way to boost heart health.

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Biden makes a major move on marijuana laws; the U.S. and its allies begin exercises amid North Korean threats; and Generation Z says it's paying close attention to the 2022 midterms.

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Rural residents are more vulnerable to a winter wave of COVID-19, branding could be key for rural communities attracting newcomers, and the Lummi Nation's totem pole made it from Washington state to D.C.




According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, more than 2,300 people in Arkansas experience homelessness on any given day. (Artur/Adobe Stock)
According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, more than 2,300 people in Arkansas experience homelessness on any given day. (Artur/Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
Groups challenging the criminal consequences for failing to pay rent in Arkansas say they'll take another run at it, perhaps as a class-action …

The State of Black Students at Community College report says 70% of African American college students experienced food and housing insecurity or homelessness during the pandemic. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)
The State of Black Students at Community College report says 70% of African American college students experienced food and housing insecurity or homelessness during the pandemic. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)

A new report on Black students in the community college system found fewer are signing up to attend two-year schools, and the college enrollment …

For schools, Arkansas Peace Week includes lesson plans with such topics as "Resolving Conflict Without Violence," and "Making Amends and Forgiving Others." (Enterlinedesign/Adobe Stock)
For schools, Arkansas Peace Week includes lesson plans with such topics as "Resolving Conflict Without Violence," and "Making Amends and Forgiving Others." (Enterlinedesign/Adobe Stock)

We're in the middle of Arkansas Peace Week, which is packed full of activities and events to promote the goals of peace and justice in the state…

More than 65 million people, or more than one in every six U.S. residents, collected Social Security benefits in January, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (Nick Youngson/Pix4free)
More than 65 million people, or more than one in every six U.S. residents, collected Social Security benefits in January, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (Nick Youngson/Pix4free)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Social Security benefits could see their highest increase in several decades, but those advocating for beneficiaries say there is still plenty of …

The State of Florida encourages the public, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency. (Pixabay)
The State of Florida encourages the public, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency. (Pixabay)

In an appeal to the public as Hurricane Ian barreled toward Florida, an advocate for persons with disabilities urged everyone to consider checking in …

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According to the Campaign for Action, Black students account for about 20% of nursing school graduates in Georgia, compared with 31.5% of the general population. (Pixabay)
According to the Campaign for Action, Black students account for about 20% of nursing school graduates in Georgia, compared with 31.5% of the general population. (Pixabay)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
The connection between hospital patient outcomes and nurse staffing has been well documented in health care research, and experts believe a workforce …

Southern Co., the parent company of Georgia Power, says it is actively advancing a net-zero goal by 2050. (Photo of Plant Wansley by Joe Cook; flight provided by SouthWings)
Southern Co., the parent company of Georgia Power, says it is actively advancing a net-zero goal by 2050. (Photo of Plant Wansley by Joe Cook; flight provided by SouthWings)

Georgia Power is reducing its reliance on coal by phasing out several coal-fired units. However, clean-energy advocates say the company should …

Some 46% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, but research shows 90% may have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. (Orawan/Adobe Stock)
Some 46% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, but research shows 90% may have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. (Orawan/Adobe Stock)

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to shed light on what continues to be one of the toughest topics to discuss for many …

Rates of child abuse and neglect are five times higher for children in families with low socioeconomic status, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Rates of child abuse and neglect are five times higher for children in families with low socioeconomic status, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Child abuse cases in the state dropped between 2019 and 2020, but Kentucky still ranks fifth among states for incidents of child maltreatment…

Research from 2015 revealed a federal estimate of more than 48,000 abandoned coal mine sites across the nation, but exact numbers remain unclear. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Research from 2015 revealed a federal estimate of more than 48,000 abandoned coal mine sites across the nation, but exact numbers remain unclear. (Adobe Stock)

The impact of abandoned mine land on flood risk is receiving new scrutiny after devastating floods in the eastern part of the state left 40 people dea…

According to the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey, one in seven Kentucky high school students reported having seriously considered suicide within a 12-month period. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey, one in seven Kentucky high school students reported having seriously considered suicide within a 12-month period. (Adobe Stock)

A pilot program launched by the Todd County School District and the county's local health department offers free mental-health case-management service…




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There were 129 exonerations nationwide in 2020, according to research from the University of Michigan Law School. (Adobe Stock)
There were 129 exonerations nationwide in 2020, according to research from the University of Michigan Law School. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Advocates for a man wrongfully imprisoned for decades due to misconduct by a Durham Police detective and released in 2016, want the city to honor a …

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nationwide production value of broiler chickens, eggs, and turkeys in 2020 was $35.5 billion, down 11% from 2019. (Adobe Stock)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nationwide production value of broiler chickens, eggs, and turkeys in 2020 was $35.5 billion, down 11% from 2019. (Adobe Stock)

Watchdog groups say chickens used by Costco are bred to grow so quickly, many of them cannot stand under their own weight, and recent lawsuits …

Agricultural producers of color own over 73 million acres of farmland and rent or lease more than 21 million acres of farmland, according to a 2022 report from the Congressional Research Service. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Agricultural producers of color own over 73 million acres of farmland and rent or lease more than 21 million acres of farmland, according to a 2022 report from the Congressional Research Service. (Adobe Stock)

As more farm and food cooperatives pop up across North Carolina, advocates say they are creating a new model for food distribution and landownership …




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Nashville State Community College and other partners offer what's known as "wraparound support" for students who juggle jobs, families and other responsibilities as they try to complete their studies. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)
Nashville State Community College and other partners offer what's known as "wraparound support" for students who juggle jobs, families and other responsibilities as they try to complete their studies. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
A new report on Black students in the community college system found fewer are signing up to attend two-year schools, an enrollment downturn made …

About one in five adults in the United States has experienced some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Momius/Adobe Stock)
About one in five adults in the United States has experienced some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Momius/Adobe Stock)

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to spotlight this issue in Tennessee and across the country. Almost 1,300 …

In Tennessee, more than 800,000 people are facing hunger, and more than 230,000 of them are children. (Africa Studio/AdobeStock)
In Tennessee, more than 800,000 people are facing hunger, and more than 230,000 of them are children. (Africa Studio/AdobeStock)

Advocates for children's well-being are in Washington, D.C. today, calling on lawmakers to invest in kids. The Save the Children advocacy summit is …

According to a 2021 study by the American Heart Association, people who take at least 7,000 steps a day have a 50% to 70% lower risk of dying than those who take fewer daily steps. (Adobe Stock)
According to a 2021 study by the American Heart Association, people who take at least 7,000 steps a day have a 50% to 70% lower risk of dying than those who take fewer daily steps. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
Even for Virginians who think they're too busy to exercise, experts say there's one surefire way to squeeze in a modest workout: walking. Although …

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, net farm income is expected to increase by $7.3 billion. This comes when farmers are faced with a bevy of changes in their business.
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, net farm income is expected to increase by $7.3 billion. This comes when farmers are faced with a bevy of changes in their business.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Farmers are adapting to numerous shifts in their industry, ranging from price hikes to the effects of climate change. A big change for agribusiness …

In the early days of the pandemic, people repurposed rags and other household materials to make masks. (Adobe Stock)
In the early days of the pandemic, people repurposed rags and other household materials to make masks. (Adobe Stock)

At the onset of the pandemic, medical professionals struggled with cracks in communication which caused confusion and worry. Amid the misinformation…

A bridge pier slide area in the Kerens-to-Parsons section of the under-construction Corridor H highway project near Moore, West Virginia. (Pamela Moe)<br />
A bridge pier slide area in the Kerens-to-Parsons section of the under-construction Corridor H highway project near Moore, West Virginia. (Pamela Moe)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Small businesses in Thomas and Davis say they would prefer a planned four-lane highway to be rerouted north, instead of running through what they say …

According to Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" report, nine out of 10 counties with the highest food insecurity rates are rural. (Adobe Stock)
According to Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" report, nine out of 10 counties with the highest food insecurity rates are rural. (Adobe Stock)

Kids living in rural regions are more likely to experience food insecurity, and a new initiative has been launched to help West Virginia communities …

Research from 2015 revealed a federal estimate of more than 48,000 abandoned coal mine sites across the nation, but exact numbers remain unclear. (Adobe Stock)
Research from 2015 revealed a federal estimate of more than 48,000 abandoned coal mine sites across the nation, but exact numbers remain unclear. (Adobe Stock)

Thousands of former mines, brownfield sites, and orphaned oil and gas wells are scattered across West Virginia, and a new report from the National …

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