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Young people in Georgia on the brink of reshaping political landscape; Garland faces down GOP attacks over Hunter Biden inquiry; rural Iowa declared 'ambulance desert.'

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McConnell warns government shutdowns are "a loser for Republicans," Schumer takes action to sidestep Sen. Tuberville's opposition to military appointments, and advocates call on Connecticut governor to upgrade election infrastructure.

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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.

According to the EPA, tropical storms and hurricanes have become more intense during the past 20 years.(Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
In rural Alabama, where hurricanes and tornadoes are a constant threat, communities often struggle with damage and limited resources for extended …

Almost half of Alabama residents in the coverage gap are people of color, which advocates said stems from institutional racism and oppression, and 60% live below the poverty line. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
In recent years, Alabama has faced a critical need for Medicaid expansion due to ongoing struggles with the state's health care system. …

In 2019, Black youths were 4.4 times as likely to be incarcerated in the juvenile-justice system<br />as were their white peers. (Christian Colista/Adobe Stock)
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After 50 years of mass incarceration, the U.S. prison population has grown nearly 500% and now advocates are calling for its end in Alabama and …

In Arkansas, early voting starts Feb. 19 for the March 5 primary election. (Rawpixel.com/AdobeStock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
It is National Voter Registration Day. Ahead of the municipal election on November 14th, there is an urgent push for voter registration in the …

In the Natural State, 33% of children from birth to age 6 are eligible for a Child Care & Development Block Grant subsidy under federal rules, on average, each month. (Bernardbodo/Adobe Stock)<br />
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Across the country and in Arkansas, some day care providers face the threat of closure when federal government aid initiated during the pandemic …

One of every five households in Arkansas is considered food insecure, according to the nonprofit Feeding America. (Adobe Stock)
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September is Hunger Action Month, and an advocacy group is working to get legislation expanded to provide more healthy foods to people in rural …

Nov. 1 is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll or change health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The dates for changes are mid-Sept through early December for employer-sponsored coverage, and from Oct. 15-Dec. 7 for Medicare. (Edar/Pixabay)
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
When it comes to open enrollment and navigating the many health care options, experts say starting your research sooner rather than later is the best …

The Florida Board of Governors' statement on the Supreme Court's landmark affirmative action decision: "The Free State of Florida has not employed affirmative action in our higher education system since the implementation of the One Florida Initiative in 1999." (Leo_Fontes/Pixabay)
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If applying for college was not so difficult, maybe more people would enroll, which is the premise of a new challenge to states and universities…

More than 150 people showed up at a Fort Pierce, Fla., community gathering in June to raise awareness and demand the end of attacks on immigrant communities. (FLIC)
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Groups aiding immigrants in building economic independence and pursuing citizenship are grappling with funding challenges exacerbated by anti-immigran…

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According to Alliance for Youth Action, if the November 2022 election were held today, 53% of young voters in battleground states would vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress, while 42% would vote for the Republican candidate for Congress. Independent voters favor Republican candidates, 49% to 41%.<br />
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
Georgia's young people could shift the political landscape of the state in the near future. New data from the Brookings Institution indicates that …

The report calls for lawmakers to pass the Forest Management for Rural Stability Act. It would create a permanent endowment fund, for stable funding for rural public lands, county services and education. (Felix Mizioznikov/Adobe Stock)
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Rural areas in Georgia are looking for ways to strengthen their communities with policies that address the climate crisis, infrastructure, and …

About a month ago, former President Donald Trump was indicted for 13 crimes related to his alleged efforts to reverse his election loss in Georgia. (Michael Rolands/Adobe Stock)
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Georgia and other battleground states are susceptible to election denialism, which a new report said has implications for the next election. The …

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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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Widespread vaping among young Kentuckians continues to be a public health concern - and some local communities are coming up with innovative ways to t…

Between now and 2030, a net 78% of new workers in the country - people entering the labor market minus the people retiring from the labor market - will be Latino, according to a forecast from the U.S. Department of Labor. (Adobe Stock)
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By Ramona Schindelheim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News …

Nine thousand homes in 13 counties were destroyed or significantly damaged in the July 2022 eastern Kentucky floods, in which 40 people died. (Wikimedia Commons)<br />
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The Kentucky Housing Corporation has received applications for housing funding from the state's Rural Housing Trust Fund requesting more than $18 mill…

Louisiana remains the only Gulf Coast state without regulations on menhaden fishing. (Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership)
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Advocates are calling for catch limits and a buffer zone to protect menhaden in the Gulf of Mexico. Menhaden, known in Louisiana as pogies, are small …

One measure of children's well-being has not improved in Louisiana. The number of kids in poverty remained at 27% between 2019 and 2021, according to the new Kids Count Data Book. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report finds Louisiana has stagnated on measures to improve children's well-being. The Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

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Mississippians with diabetes have medical expenses about 2.3 times higher than those who are not diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in Mississippi. About one in seven Mississippians lives with diabetes. Jernard A. Wells, cookbook …

A recent report found incarcerated individuals were sleeping on steel bunkers without a mattress at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. (Photo courtesy Disability Rights Mississippi)
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A new bill in Congress would ensure assistance and resources for people with disabilities who are in jail or prison. It could have a major effect in …

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, during 2020, more than 91,000 Mississippi residents enrolled in health insurance plans through the federal insurance marketplace. (C D/peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)
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As the open-enrollment period for people who need health insurance fast approaches, some Mississippi workers are threatening to walk the picket line…

Among 12- to 17-year-olds nationwide, 2.08 million or 8.33% report using drugs in the last month. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
In the wake of the devastating overdose epidemic in North Carolina, the state's Department of Health and Human Services is stepping up to aid …

In 2019, Black youths were 4.4 times as likely to be incarcerated in the juvenile-justice system<br />as were their white peers. (Jeffrey Zalesny/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The U.S. prison population has grown nearly 500% since the start of mass incarceration 50 years ago and now, reform advocates are calling for its end …

Ballots cast by young people made up 12% of all votes in the 2022 election, nearly matching the 13% youth share of the vote from the 2014 and 2018 midterms, according to National Election Pool surveys. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The League of Women Voters in North Carolina said its members are working diligently to reach out to young people, especially today. The goal is to …

Beaufort County is ranked among the healthiest among all 46 counties in South Carolina.(Olivia Lewis/Direct Relief)
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In celebration of Juneteenth, one South Carolina organization is shining a spotlight on health equity for all communities - and showcasing their …

While most health data for South Carolina children showed declines in this year's Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book, the number of kids without health insurance improved slightly. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report finds South Carolina could be doing better to support children's health. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest Kids Count Data …

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The last open enrollment period saw a record high number of Tennessee residents signing up for health insurance. More than 340,000 people enrolled in private health plans. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace begins Nov. 1, and experts urge consumers to do some research …

Tennessee is among 17 states where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says infant mortality rates are "significantly higher" than the overall national rate. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)<br />
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In Tennessee, a pregnancy shouldn't be fatal - but Black women are three times more likely to die than white women from pregnancy-related causes…

A recent survey found more than one in three older adults lack extra prescription medications they would need in case of an emergency. (MIKHAIL/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
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September is National Preparedness Month, when AARP raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. A recent …

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement found while older forests accumulate more carbon than younger ones, a younger forest can remove more carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere than an older forest. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Virginia environmental advocates are looking for protections of old-growth forests. In 2022, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to have …

While evictions declined dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have since reached pre-pandemic levels. The first quarter of 2023 saw around 35,000 eviction filings in Virginia, a slight decline from the last two quarters of 2022. (Adobe Stock)
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Advocates for affordable housing in Virginia are holding a forum today for Richmond region candidates to speak with local residents about the state's …

As August ended, there had been 27 confirmed cases of meningococcal disease associated with Virginia's outbreak, including five deaths. (Adobe Stock)
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The Virginia Department of Health has reported a statewide outbreak of meningococcal disease. It initially began as a regional outbreak in the …

Universities across the country are facing declining enrollment and increasing financial challenges. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
A group of West Virginia Democratic delegates is calling for a special session to address West Virginia University's budget shortfall. Del. Evan …

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2020 median salary for a police officer was  $67,290, more than one-third higher than the national median for all occupations. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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The City of Charleston continues to funnel massive amounts of funding toward law enforcement. According to a new report, since 2020, Charleston's …

Residents, alumni and stakeholders voiced concerns and input about recently announced West Virginia University budget cuts at a series of community sessions. (West Virginia Create/Facebook)
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Mountain State residents are reacting and coming up with solutions and ideas to deal with recent budget cuts announced by West Virginia University Pre…

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