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As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; More hostages released as Israel-Hamas truce deadline approaches; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

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An expulsion vote looms for Rep. George Santos, the Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits against district maps and the Supreme Court hears a case which could cut the power of federal agencies.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.


The courts have commended Georgia for its progress in increasing political opportunities for Black voters in the 58 years since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But some observers argued the progress has not been shared equally among Black voters across the state. (Lamar Carter/Adobe Stock)
Voters weigh in on need to include growing groups in GA's redistricting

In just over a week on Nov. 29, state lawmakers will return to Atlanta to decide on Georgia's new congressional voting district maps. Grassroots …

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Since the Inflation Reduction Act became law, there have been nearly 60 solar manufacturing announcements. Companies have also announced enough new battery manufacturing projects to support production of more than 10 million electric vehicles per year. (Adobe Stock)
Elected officials: Inflation Reduction Act investments will aid national security

In order to fight climate change, officials are pushing for investments through the Inflation Reduction Act. The group Elected Officials to Protect …

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According to a recent poll of rural residents, 51% of Democrats thought the economy was working well for them, compared with 17% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)
Georgia's rural voters' concerns may shape upcoming elections

Georgia's rural voters are honing in on the issues expected to shape the upcoming elections, according to a recent poll conducted by the Center for …

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According to KFF, in one recent year, 20% of nonelderly Hispanic people had no health insurance. In addition to an already limited pool of Spanish-speaking providers, patients have even fewer options when they are uninsured. (Nina Lawrenson/Adobe Stock)
Growing GA Latino population faces mental-health service gaps

More than 1 million Latinos call Georgia home but the growing community faces an alarming gap in finding and using mental health services. The …

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Fannin, Gordon, and Laurens counties opted to arm some school employees under House Bill 60.(Azee Jacobs/ Adobe Stock)
GA educators: Put the brakes on more guns for teachers

Georgia lawmakers are proposing a bill that would facilitate teachers carrying guns in schools. Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, and Republican Sens. Clint …

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Georgia high school seniors will receive a letter of college admission at their home address along with connections to resources for application fee waivers, scholarships and grants. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Georgia offers 'Apply to College Month' with no application fees

Georgia is stepping up efforts to help students seize college opportunities. Starting this week, students can apply to partner schools with the …

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Clean-air groups and the electric truck sector are calling on state governments to consider tax credits that would make EV trucks more affordable. (Phonlamaiphoto/Adobestock)
Electric-truck experts push EPA to adopt emissions limits

Groups that fight climate change are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt ambitious new greenhouse-gas emissions rules for medium- and …

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Georgia ranks second in the nation, after North Carolina, in densified biomass fuel manufacturing capacity. (Andrei Merkulov/Adobe Stock)
Companies highlight how bioenergy benefits Georgia

Albany Green Energy and Procter and Gamble are showcasing how Georgia benefits from bioenergy this week. In celebration of the 11th National …

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Georgia residents owe around $68.6 billion in student loan debt. (Drobot Dean/Adobe Stock)
Expert offers tips on managing college costs, student-loan debt

As student loan payments resume after a three-year halt, experts offer advice on pursuing higher education without accumulating unnecessary debt…

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A new report looks at best practices in artificial intelligence, which is used for myriad applications, including facial-recognition programs. (Angelov/Adobe Stock)
'Big Tech' firms unite to establish ethical standards for AI

Artificial intelligence is growing fast, and such companies as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Verizon are on the list of those who have come together …

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Georgia reports there were 30.2 deaths for every 100,000 live births in Georgia from 2018 to 2020. That is about a 20% increase from the previous three-year period, when the rate was 25.1. (Adobe Stock)
CDC updates report on mistreatment of maternity-care patients

People from some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have negative experiences during pregnancy and delivery that affect the quality …

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Depending on your income and circumstances, you may qualify for financial assistance to lower your monthly insurance premium and potentially reduce out-of-pocket costs in Georgia through (Adobe Stock)
Expert offers health insurance tips for choosing best plan in GA

It is almost time to select health insurance for the coming year in Georgia. Open enrollment dates are a little different depending on your type of …

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