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A new study shows health disparities cost Texas billions of dollars; Senate rejects impeachment articles against Mayorkas, ending trial against Cabinet secretary; Iowa cuts historical rural school groups.

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The Senate dismisses the Mayorkas impeachment. Maryland Lawmakers fail to increase voting access. Texas Democrats call for better Black maternal health. And polling confirms strong support for access to reproductive care, including abortion.

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Rural Wyoming needs more vocational teachers to sustain its workforce pipeline, Ohio environmental advocates fear harm from a proposal to open 40-thousand forest acres to fracking and rural communities build bike trail systems to promote nature, boost the economy.

New Jersey

A 2015 Rutgers-Eagleton poll found 63% of New Jersey residents supported medical aid in dying, compared with 29% opposed. (PolinaZait/Adobe Stock)
NJ's 'medical aid-in-dying' law upheld by state Supreme Court

After a five-year court battle, New Jersey's medical aid-in-dying law has been affirmed by the state's Supreme Court, which rejected an attempt to …

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Over the past ten years, New Jersey and the nation have seen improvements on six of the 11 indicators of child well-being measured in the 2024 Race for Results report. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
NJ ranks high in child well-being, but racial gaps persist

New Jersey kids score higher than the national average for overall well-being but large racial disparities persist, according to a new study…

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Feeding America reports over 800,000 people in New Jersey are facing hunger, including nearly 200,000 children. (Oksana Kuzmina/Adobe Stock)<br />
Advocates: WIC funding must be increased to avoid rationing

Groups battling hunger in New Jersey are sounding the alarm about a type of food assistance that needs more funding in the New Year. In one month…

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Estimates showed if the House budget is passed, some 750,000 eligible people - primarily toddlers, preschoolers, and postpartum adults - could be turned away from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. (Adobe Stock)
Justice group: Congressional budget cuts will hurt vulnerable New Jerseyans

Economic justice advocates in New Jersey are calling on Congress to avoid deep cuts in the 2024 federal budget proposed by a small group of hard-line …

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A new report found in 2021, 12% of New Jersey children under age 6 lived in families in which someone quit, changed, or refused a job because of issues with child care. (Digital Skillet/Adobe Stock)
Report: Affordable Child Care Hard to Find in NJ

Many New Jersey families are having a very hard time paying for child care, according to the new 2023 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

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