Friday, October 7, 2022


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.


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.


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.


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 Expected to Increase, But Challenges Remain

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)
Remembering Those with Disabilities Before, During and After the Hurricane

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

'Don't Say Gay' Proves Challenging for FL Students, Teachers

Despite being aimed at children in kindergarten through third grade, Florida teachers say what's often referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" law has …

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Marys rivers. The swamp's wildlife, cypress forests and flooded prairies draw thousands of visitors each year. (Moultrie Creek/Wikimedia Commons)
Environmental Groups Fight to Stop Mine Near Okefenokee

Environmental groups are calling on Georgia's Environmental Protection Division to reject permits to build a titanium mine near an intact freshwater w…

Health experts say making sure children are current with all their check-ups is important to their health and academic success. (Pixabay)
Experts Urge Checkups for Florida Kids, Including Mental Health

Experts are reminding parents to schedule time to get health screenings for kids - and to also think beyond the basic back-to-school physical…

To be a poll worker, you have to be a citizen of the United States and a registered voter of the county in which you plan to work. (Trimmel Gomes)
Experience Florida's Elections Process From Within as a Poll Worker

Voting is one way to play a pivotal role in Florida's electoral process, and another way is by being a poll worker to help ensure elections are …

A recipient of guaranteed income from Springboard to Opportunities' Magnolia Mother's Trust. The program gives $1,000 per month for 12 months to families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing. (Instagram/Springboard to Opportunities)
Guaranteed Income: Blueprint for a Stronger Safety Net

By Katie Fleischer for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for Florida News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

Pro-choice groups say Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sometimes called pregnancy resource or counseling centers, were created to talk people out of having abortions. (SHVETS production/Pexels)
Report: Crisis Pregnancy Centers Receive Billions in Funding

In the ongoing abortion debate, people are being warned to be mindful of deceptive practices in the facilities known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers…

A 2022 Wills Survey finds that one out of three Americans without estate plans think they have too few assets to leave behind. (Pixabay)
Think of Others When Thinking of Life After Death

Thinking of life after death is daunting, but it might help to think of the lives of your loved ones in the event you are no longer around. Experts …

DeSantis' new proposal to recruit teachers
FL Educators Decry Classroom 'Politicization' as Gov Relaxes Teaching Rules

As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defends and expands his call to have military veterans bypass the teacher certification process to become educators…

Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual report evaluating states on indicators of child well-being finds modest improvements in Florida, keeping its ranking at 35th in the nation for the third year. (AnnieSpratt/Pixabay)
Florida's Child Well-Being Report Card Shows Increase in Mental Distress

Children's advocacy groups are calling on lawmakers to do more to improve the well-being of Florida's kids. For the first time, the 2022 Kids Count …

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands rich in marine life. They sometimes are called tidal marshes, because they occur in the zone between low and high tides. (FWC)
Multi-State Conservation Plan to Protect Salt Marshes

Conservation groups along several states on the East coast stretching from North Carolina to northeast Florida are working through a plan to conserve …


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