Sunday, December 4, 2022


Runoff for the Louisiana Public Service Commission could impact energy policies; NM's LGBTQ advocates await final passage of "Respect for Marriage Act" - Democracy gets a voter-approved overhaul in Oregon.


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.


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.

North Carolina

Air pollution irritates the lungs and respiratory system, and even healthy people can have trouble taking deep breaths on
Current NC Carbon Plan Falls Short on Public Health

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is expected to release its final Carbon Plan by the end of the year. Critics say the current plan, which …

One in eight people in North Carolina faces hunger, according to Feeding America. (Adobe Stock)<br />
NC Food Justice Advocates, Faith Leaders ‘Come to the Table’ to Address Hunger

Food pantries run by rural churches are often a lifeline for older, retired residents or those living with a disability. Come to the Table is a …

Research shows that for every dollar spent on Family Centered Treatment, states saved $2.29 in residential placement costs. (Adobe Stock)
In Durham, A Push for Social Services Reforms Away from Foster Care

There's a nationwide effort to reform child welfare systems, and in North Carolina, Durham advocates said the retirement of the county's longtime …

The Volkswagen Settlement will fund 161 new school buses across the state, the majority of which will be electric. (Adobe Stock)
EPA Clean School Bus Program Awards Five Districts in North Carolina

Five school districts in North Carolina have been awarded more than $12 million in funding for cleaner school buses. The Environmental Protection …

Most parts of the mountainous, western region of North Carolina have little broadband infrastructure, according to the state's Department of Information Technology Division of Broadband and Digital Equity. (Adobe Stock)<br />
No Internet, No Telehealth: Rural NC Struggles to Connect with Doctors

By Shelby Harris for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for North Carolina News Service Service for the Public News Service/Daily Yo…

Eight in ten registered voters say the economy is very important when making their decision about for whom they will vote in the 2022 midterm election, according to a recent Pew survey. (Adobe Stock)<br />
'Faithful Voter Reflection Guide' Weighs Moral Issues for NC Voters

Progressive faith leaders across the state say they're encouraging congregations to educate themselves on candidates and issues. They are sharing an …

Research has shown that social media messaging from apps such as WhatsApp, from trusted sources, can increase the spread of disinformation. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Messenger Apps Driving Exposure to Disinformation Among Latino Voters

Recent polling shows more than 60% of Latino voters report exposure to false or unverified about politics, the COVID vaccine and abortion, and …

It's estimated between 18 million and 42 million Americans lack broadband internet access, according to the Foundation for Rural Service. (Adobe Stock)
Federal Dollars Could Help Pay NC Residents’ Internet Bills

A federal program offers monthly payments to low-income households to help them afford internet service, but enrollment is low. An event in Salisbury …

The average American consumes an estimated eight pounds of candy annually, with children eating even more, according to 2015 research published in the journal Advances in Nutrition. (Adobe Stock)<br />
NC Dentists: Avoid Sticky Candy to Trick Cavities this Halloween

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the cost of candy is up 13% due to inflation, but North Carolina households are still expected to consume enough …

In North Carolina, 57% of incoming college freshmen completed the FAFSA. That ranks the state 23rd in the nation for FAFSA completion, according to MyFutureNC. (Adobe Stock)<br />
FAFSA Changes to Simplify Financial-Aid Process for NC Students

Changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid next year are expected to simplify the process and shorten the amount of time it takes to comp…

Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands offer early in-person voting. (Adobe Stock)
In-Person Early Voting Continues in NC Until Nov. 5

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than 135,000 voters cast their ballots on the first day of early voting last Thursday…

Michelle and Brielle Wright have seen firsthand the impact of climate change on their 11-acre farm in North Carolina. (The Farmer's B.A.G.)
In NC, Black Family Farms Grapple with Climate Change

Two sisters running a small vegetable farm in Bladen County said they are struggling to keep their business profitable in a changing climate…


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