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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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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.

Maryland

Vote 16 USA reported 16- and 17-year-olds turned out at higher rates than older voters. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Some Maryland Communities Lowering Voting Age to 16

Today is National Voter Registration Day and in addition to urging you to check your registration advocates are making the case for lowering the votin…

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The Environmental Working Group published a peer-reviewed study in 2020 estimating more than 200 million Americans could have PFAS contamination in their drinking water. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates: Proposed EPA Cuts Would Slow PFAS Cleanup

Environmental advocates said proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency will slow cleanup of toxic "forever chemicals," per- and poly…

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The Blueprint for Maryland's Future will increase education funding by $3.8 billion per year over the next nine years. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: Nearly 50% of Maryland Teachers Working Second Job

As students head back to school, a recent poll of teachers in Maryland found many are facing financial hardships. The poll conducted over the summer …

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Households with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for the ACP. (Adobe Stock)
Thousands of Maryland Households Qualify for Internet Subsidy

Maryland residents struggling to pay for web access can get help from two connected programs. The Federal Communications Commission's Affordable …

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The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program was established in 1977. (Xavier Ascanio/Adobe Stock)
Maryland Adds 1400 Acres of Preserved Farmland

The Maryland Board of Public Works recently approved the preservation of several working farms. The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation …

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Researchers were able to extract more than 100,000 text messages from purchased phones in a University of Maryland study. (Maksym Yemelyanov/Adobe Stock)
MD Researchers: Many Police-Auctioned Cell Phones Contain Personal Data

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Maryland found personal data remained on many used cellphones purchased through a police auction …

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Nationally, more than 16 million workers had union representation in 2022. (Adobe Stock)
Unionization Votes Don't Always Translate into Contracts

While unionization votes often make headlines, the path to a contract can be a long one. Since the beginning of last year, seven Starbucks locations …

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The Latino population in Maryland is the 17th largest in the nation. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Widening College Completion Gap Between Latino, White Students in MD

A new report looking at Latino college completion rates across the country shows Maryland is doing better than most. The report from the non-profit …

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The Open Access portal concept was originally developed by the Aspen Institute's Food and Society Program. (Adobe Stock)
Open Access Baltimore Brings Free Support to Food Entrepreneurs

A new web resource supporting food entrepreneurship in Baltimore is open for business. Morgan State University has partnered with the City of …

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More than 7 million Americans are receiving Supplemental Security Income. (Adobe Stock)
Social Security Administration Raising Awareness of SSI in Maryland

The Social Security Administration wants to make sure Marylanders know about the Supplemental Security Income program. Supplemental Security Income …

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Photographic evidence from the 1930s suggests that seagrass like that in this contemporary photo may have covered between 200,000 and 600,000 acres along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Seagrass Restoration Making Progress in Chesapeake Bay

A new report found some vital improvements in the Chesapeake Bay over the last few years. The Chesapeake Bay Program reported 76,000 acres of …

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The report anticipates improvements in air quality will result in up to 1000 fewer cases of upper and lower respiratory symptoms. (Adobe Stock)
Report Estimates 16K New Jobs Possible via Climate Pathway

A new report provides a road map for how Maryland can achieve its climate goals, and officials want to hear from the public. Maryland's Climate …

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