Sunday, December 4, 2022

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Group wants rollbacks of some IA voting restrictions; RSV, Flu, COVID: KY faces "Triple Threat" this winter; Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

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The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

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According to 2020 data from AIDSvu, in New York, 125,383 people were living with HIV in the state, including 1,963 newly diagnosed with the disease. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Viral Suppression Provides Hope on World AIDS Day

As part of World AIDS Day, a report finds through treatment, patients are able to suppress HIV - the virus that causes AIDS. According to data from …

New York State has allocated $50 million for the Empire Building Challenge, which will create climate-friendly buildings throughout in New York State. (Adobe Stock)
NYC Company Makes Buildings Eco-Friendly

By Phil Roberts for Next City.Broadcast version by Edwin J. Viera for New York News Connection reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public …


Numerous utility companies in New York such as Con-Edison, NYSEG and RG&E are expecting to see higher bill prices, as energy costs have increased. Specifically, Con Edison is expecting a 32% increase from the previous year in bills for natural-gas users, and NYSEG's natural gas customers might see a 47% increase in their bills. (Adobe Stock)
NYS Legislation Gives Ratepayers Voice in Utility Increases

A bill passed by the New York State Legislature would provide ratepayers with a voice in utility rate increases. The utility intervenor bill would …

According to the Alzheimer's Association, over 560,000 family caregivers in New York bear the burden of this disease. The value of unpaid care in the state is around $16 billion. (Adobe Stock)
NY Education a Focus for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Though National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month is coming to a close, experts say education on the disease must continue beyond November…


Of about 1,678 part-time faculty at The New School, more than 1,300 decided to strike. At issue are wage increases, assurances of no health-care cuts, and third-party protection from harassment and discrimination. (Adobe Stock)
New School Instructors Strike for Better Pay

Faculty members at The New School have been on strike since Wednesday, seeking to negotiate a new contract with the school administration. Some 87% …

According to a poll by Voto Latino, only 21% of voters had heard of President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill. The group ascribes low voter turnout to a lack of information about the policies and proposals on the ballot. (Adobe Stock)
Political Parties Missed Chance to Boost Latino Turnout

A recent poll from a Latino rights group finds both political parties neglected outreach to Latino voters. The National Association of Latino …


According to a survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, only about 17% of those surveyed knew about foster care adoption. But, other findings were more hopeful: 37% of Americans have considered adopting at some point in their life, which is up 12% from 2017. (Adobe Stock)
Creating Family Not Always Easy for NYS Foster Kids

It can be a long road to finding permanent homes for kids in the New York State foster care system, but many find it worthwhile. Megan Battista is …

A 2022 study from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs finds suicide rates decreased for veterans in 2020 compared to 2019. However, it still ranked as the second-leading cause of death for veterans under age 45. (Adobe Stock)
NY Outdoor RX Coalition Aids Veterans' Mental Health

New York State's Outdoor RX Coalition is launching a website to spread the word about its services. Established in late 2020, the coalition is a …


The Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act is the first environmental bond on the New York state ballot since a $1.75 billion bond act was approved by voters in 1996. (Adobe Stock)
NY Voters Approve New Environmental Bond Act

New York voters approved the state borrowing $4.2 billion for robust climate-friendly projects. The Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs …

New York City's Administration for Children's Services has increased the number of children placed in kinship care, with family members, with 43% last year, up from 31% in 2017. (Adobe Stock)
Adoption Month: Number of Kids in NYC Foster Care Shrinking

November is National Adoption Month, and New York City's foster care system is making headway in reducing the number of children in the system…


According to a poll by the Brennan Center, one in six election workers experienced threats, although more than half of cases have not been reported to law enforcement. (Adobe Stock)
NY Poll Workers Part of Keeping Elections Safe

With Election Day upon us, concerns abound about the safety of elections, and one of so many reasons the 2022 elections are expected to be safe is …

According to a study done by CoStar Group, a real estate research company, most counties in Central New York have seen rental prices increase by at least 3% since 2019. (Adobe Stock)
New Affordable Housing to Aid CNY Renters, Eventually

Two new affordable housing developments in Central New York should help alleviate the region's affordability problem. The Wheat Street Apartments …


 

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