Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Banking woes send consumers looking for safer alternatives, some Indiana communities resist a dollar chain store "invasion," and a permit to build an oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes is postponed.


Republicans say it is premature to consider gun legislation after the Nashville shooting, federal officials are unsure it was a hate crime, and regulators say Silicon Valley Bank was aware of its financial risks.


Small towns respond creatively to their sometimes hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system expected next year will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting as severe weather events increase, and more rural communities can apply for a CIRD design project to boost economic development.


The 2022 Georgia Broadband Map documents 454,950 unserved addresses, about 90% of which are in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Better Broadband Would Minimize Healthcare Gaps in Georgia

A half-million Georgians face the reality of inadequate internet access, according to the state's broadband annual report. The glaring digital …

Georgia SB 221 suggests that the USPS's national change of address database could be used to challenge voters. (Matt Bannister/Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 27, 2023

Mobilizing GA Voters in a Non-Election Year: A Crucial Strategy for Voting Rights Groups

There's no rest for Georgia's voting rights groups in this non-election year, though another slew of voting restrictions proposed by a group of …

Georgia has enrolled more than 2.4 million individuals in Medicaid and CHIP, a net increase of 59.77% since the first Marketplace Open Enrollment Period. (Cherryandbees/Adobe Stock)
GA Group Prepares for End of COVID-19 Emergency

A Georgia health advocacy group is concerned about people's health outcomes as the COVID-19 public health emergency is set to expire on May 11…

Most of the 2,900 internet service providers in the U.S. cover small geographic areas, according to Fewer than 240 of them serve parts of Georgia. (Alena Mozhjer)
Essential Roles for Broadband in Rural GA: A Catalyst for Farmers

In rural Georgia, hardworking farmers grapple with staying competitive in the global market, and some said they are hindered by limited broadband …

In 2023, community college completion rates are 44% for first-time, full-time students in Georgia, according to the Community College Review. (KDavis/ Stock)
Online, Community Colleges Offer Flexibility for Non-Traditional Students

Many Georgia college students have to balance family and work responsibilities with academics. Some are finding non-traditional higher education is …

Georgia teachers are eager for increased mental-health support and planning time in schools. (Robert Peak/Adobe Stock)
GA Proposes Teacher Pay Hikes; Educators Say More Work Needed

Georgia's Fiscal Year 2024 budget could bring a $2,000 salary boost for teachers, addressing the alarming educator shortage. Educators say low wages…

The most iconic species that resides in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge may be the American alligator. An estimated 15,000 alligators live in the refuge area. (Wildspaces/Adobe Stock)
Groups Urge Georgia DEP to Nix Mine Permit Near Okefenokee

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division wants the public to weigh in on whether a titanium mine will be allowed to operate near the Okefenokee N…

According to a study by the EPA's Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions, the disparity in soot exposure between white, Black, Latino, and Asian Americans was consistent across the country, in rural and urban settings and at all income levels. (Adobe Stock)
Group Urges EPA to Set Stronger Rules for Soot Pollution

In Georgia and across the country, advocates for clean air are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to do more to protect public health by …

The average student debt for a Georgia college graduate in 2019-20 was $27,759, according to the Institute of College Access and Success. (Damir Khabirov/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Georgians Head to D.C. to Rally for Student-Loan Debt Cancellation

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments next week in the two cases on student loan debt cancellation. Groups across the country wanting at least …

According to CDC data, more than 37,500 abortions were performed in 2020 in Georgia, a rate of just over 17 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. (Lomb/Adobe Stock)
Reproductive Freedom Act Takes Aim at Current GA Abortion Ban

Reproductive rights groups are supporting legislation to restore abortion access in Georgia. The Reproductive Freedom Act was filed to repeal House …

The CDC recommends parents assist children under age 6 with brushing their teeth until they have developed good brushing skills. (Cecilie Skjold Wackerhausen/Adobe Stock)
Pediatric Dentists See Uptick in Cavities in GA Children

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, giving parents another reason to watch their children's intake of Valentine candy this week…

In the United States, approximately 697,000 people died from heart disease in 2020, accounting for one in every five deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AdobeStock)
GA Heart Expert Explains Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest, Prevention

February is American Heart Month, and a Georgia medical expert said knowing the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest can help save a …


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