Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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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.

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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.

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Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

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A new EPA rule will limit inhalable particles with diameters of 10 micrometers and smaller. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 27, 2023

EPA Finalizing New Air Quality Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of finalizing a new rule to improve air quality in America. The proposal will lower the amount …

The Williams Institute estimates that 1.3 million U.S. adults identify as transgender. (Adobe Stock)
MD House and Senate Approve Trans Health Equity Act

Both chambers of the Maryland legislature have passed a bill that would require the state's Medicaid program to cover gender affirming care. While …


Estimates indicate 8.6% of children in Maryland will be bereaved by age 18, which is higher than the national average of 7.7%. (Adobe Stock)
Conference in Baltimore to Focus on Childhood Grief

Knowing how to hold space for the grief of children can be complex, but learning how to do it is vital for their well-being. A death in the family …

If enacted, the pilot program would begin on July 1. (Adobe Stock)
MD Legislature Considers Four-Day Workweek Pilot Program

A bill in the Maryland Legislature would create a pilot program to study the impact of a four-day workweek. The pilot program would create a tax …


In addition to helping capture carbon in the soil, no-till farming practices with seasonal cover crops help preserve soil nutrients and prevent erosion. (Margaret Burlingham / Adobe Stock)
U.S. Carbon Farming Takes Root, but Do Economics Add Up?

By Carey L. Biron for Context.Broadcast version by Brett Peveto for Maryland News Connection reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public …

Maryland's Broadband Expansion Incentive Act has 74 cosponsors, including a dozen House Republicans. (Adobe Stock)
MD Legislature Considers Broadband Expansion

The Maryland Legislature is looking at ways to expand broadband access in the state and advocates are weighing in. Gov. Wes Moore's broadband …


Pollsters found support increased to 74% when people polled were informed 10 other states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the practice. (Adobe Stock)
Record Percentage of MD Voters Support End-of-Life Option Legislation

The Maryland Legislature this session will again take up the issue of medical aid in dying, and prospects for its passage look favorable. New …

People who experience fatigue from long duration screen use can consider blue light reading glasses that filter blue light and reduce glare. (Adobe Stock)
Blue Light From Screens Could Impact Sleep

With the rise in digital device use, more people are expressing concern about exposure to blue light. While blue light is around us daily as part of …


A new report states home repairs and electrification offer enormous local job growth opportunities. (Charles Taylor/Adobe Stock)
Study: MD Needs to Repair Thousands of Homes to Meet Climate Goals

A new report found Maryland will need to repair hundreds of thousands of homes occupied by low and middle-income people in order to meet its climate g…

One in three Black college students is also a parent, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research. (Adobe Stock)
Bowie State University to Boost Support for Student Parents

Students who are also parents face more challenges getting through college, but support for these students is getting an upgrade at Bowie State …


Both drafty and well-sealed homes can have a radon problem. (Adobe Stock)
Marylanders Encouraged to Test for Radon

January is National Radon Action Month and officials are encouraging Marylanders to test their homes. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the …

Last year saw the certification of LEED projects pass 100,000 globally. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Maryland Improves on Green Building Ranking

Maryland ranks fifth in the nation on a new report on green building in the U.S. The U.S. Green Building Council released its annual rankings of …


 

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