Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Latino groups say Nevada's new political maps have diluted their influence, especially in Las Vegas' Congressional District 1; and strikes that erupted in what became known as "Striketober" aren't over yet.

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Presidents Biden and Putin discuss the Ukrainian border in a virtual meeting; Senate reaches an agreement to raise the debt ceiling; and officials testify about closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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Seniors in non-urban areas struggle with hunger disproportionately; rural communities make a push for federal money; and Planned Parenthood takes a case to the Montana Supreme Court.

More than 2.8 million Americans signed up for health insurance coverage through the online marketplace during the 2021 Special Enrollment Period. (onephoto/Adobe Stock)
More than 2.8 million Americans signed up for health insurance coverage through the online marketplace during the 2021 Special Enrollment Period. (onephoto/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
AUGUSTA, Maine -- With open enrollment deadlines for the Affordable Care Act marketplace approaching, groups are urging Mainers to make sure they've …

Groups like the American Heart Association report thar nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease. (Adobe Stock)
Groups like the American Heart Association report thar nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 6, 2021
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- High blood pressure among Americans was already a concern before the pandemic. Researchers now say the crisis has created greater …

The three laws that advocates say restrict reproductive rights won't go into effect before the Montana Supreme Court makes a ruling, due to an injunction filed by District Judge Michael Moses. (Gayatri Malhotra/Unsplash)
The three laws that advocates say restrict reproductive rights won't go into effect before the Montana Supreme Court makes a ruling, due to an injunction filed by District Judge Michael Moses. (Gayatri Malhotra/Unsplash)

Monday, December 6, 2021
By Claire Carlson for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Big Sky Connection reporting for The Daily Yonder-Public News Service Col…

The city of Ann Arbor recently implemented a policy to provide free menstrual products in public restrooms. (photoguns/Adobe Stock)
The city of Ann Arbor recently implemented a policy to provide free menstrual products in public restrooms. (photoguns/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
LANSING, Mich. -- One in five teens in the U.S. struggle to afford period products, and Michigan organizations are working to make pads, tampons…

According to Planned Parenthood, currently, one in three women of reproductive age lives in a state where abortion could be illegal if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. (Wikimedia Commons/Larissa Puro)
According to Planned Parenthood, currently, one in three women of reproductive age lives in a state where abortion could be illegal if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. (Wikimedia Commons/Larissa Puro)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling related to the Texas six-week abortion ban this week, and hears arguments Dec…

A national study says in South Dakota, the average distance to travel for abortion care is 92 miles. (Adobe Stock)
A national study says in South Dakota, the average distance to travel for abortion care is 92 miles. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- States like South Dakota are being closely watched as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up abortion cases elsewhere in the country…

At the start of 2020, nearly 25,000 Ohioans had been diagnosed with HIV, according to state data. (Adobe Stock)
At the start of 2020, nearly 25,000 Ohioans had been diagnosed with HIV, according to state data. (Adobe Stock)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Today marks World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the …

More than 4,500 Michiganders take PrEP, a HIV-prevention medication. (Adobe Stock)
More than 4,500 Michiganders take PrEP, a HIV-prevention medication. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Organizers of a summit about sexual health will provide a safe space on Friday for young Michiganders to have open, honest and …

Missouri, Nevada, Illinois and Oregon are among the most recent states to update their HIV laws.(nito/Adobe Stock)
Missouri, Nevada, Illinois and Oregon are among the most recent states to update their HIV laws.(nito/Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A bill that went into effect over the weekend makes the first reforms to Missouri's HIV criminalization laws since they were …

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Groups representing 77,000 physicians and more than 200 hospitals issued a declaration of a national children's mental health emergency. (Robert Hainer/Adobe Stock)
Groups representing 77,000 physicians and more than 200 hospitals issued a declaration of a national children's mental health emergency. (Robert Hainer/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Advocates for access to mental-health services are holding a Behavioral Health Summit today at the Augusta Civic Center. They are …

Nationally, only 22% of children are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. (Adobe Stock)
Nationally, only 22% of children are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS - More women and young people have faced behavioral-health challenges since before the pandemic, according to a new report. Nationwide…

Only about 20% of children with mental-health disorders receive care from a specialized mental-health care provider, according to the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (Adobe Stock)
Only about 20% of children with mental-health disorders receive care from a specialized mental-health care provider, according to the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Women and young people have faced increased behavioral health challenges since before the pandemic, according to a new report…

Research suggests that the earlier in life teens use alcohol, the more likely they are to abuse it. (Adobe Stock)
Research suggests that the earlier in life teens use alcohol, the more likely they are to abuse it. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The holiday season has officially started, and one group is encouraging Ohio parents to make a special effort to check in with their …

An estimated 22 million people in the United States are recovering from addiction. (junce11/Adobe Stock)
An estimated 22 million people in the United States are recovering from addiction. (junce11/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Maine -- Maine's providers of substance-abuse treatment and some other behavioral-health services are seeing a major increase in …

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability. (Adobe Stock)
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability. (Adobe Stock)

DENVER -- Students with disabilities in Douglas County won some time after a federal judge ruled last week a new county health department order making…

Many states have laws that require guardians of adults with disabilities to file reports on how they are caring for their wards. (hakinmhan/Adobe Stock)
Many states have laws that require guardians of adults with disabilities to file reports on how they are caring for their wards. (hakinmhan/Adobe Stock)

LIBERTY, Mo. - Advocates for people with disabilities are looking for more accountability in Missouri for enforcing people's rights under …

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Michigan state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, D-Livonia, a survivor of domestic violence, is among the lawmakers who have introduced a package of domestic violence prevention bills. (Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus)
Michigan state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, D-Livonia, a survivor of domestic violence, is among the lawmakers who have introduced a package of domestic violence prevention bills. (Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus)

DETROIT -- Domestic Violence Awareness Month may have come to a close, but efforts in Michigan to prevent violence and protect survivors are ongoing…

Incarcerated women who participated in the Prisoners Too art project hug in front of the installation at a South Carolina prison. (South Carolina Department of Corrections)<br />
Incarcerated women who participated in the Prisoners Too art project hug in front of the installation at a South Carolina prison. (South Carolina Department of Corrections)

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Worldwide, it's estimated that nearly 40% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. (Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence)
Worldwide, it's estimated that nearly 40% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. (Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Advocates for ending domestic violence urged Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act and other federal legislation …

Tobacco control groups say even though a flavored tobacco ban didn't pass this session, lawmakers still could help end racial disparities caused by menthol products by passing prevention funding. (Adobe Stock)
Tobacco control groups say even though a flavored tobacco ban didn't pass this session, lawmakers still could help end racial disparities caused by menthol products by passing prevention funding. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Food and Drug Administration is exploring a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, a move tobacco-control advocates say is long …

According to anti-tobacco advocates, 85% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, which have been cited as a "predatory product" in communities of color. (Adobe Stock)
According to anti-tobacco advocates, 85% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, which have been cited as a "predatory product" in communities of color. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposal to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Minnesota has resurfaced in the Legislature. House Bill 904…

Iowa is one of nearly a dozen states that exempts casinos from smoking bans. (Adobe Stock)
Iowa is one of nearly a dozen states that exempts casinos from smoking bans. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The risks facing health-care providers, retail staff and public service employees during the COVID-19 crisis have brought renewed …

Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)
Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The voices of expectant and parenting youths are being amplified by the first-ever Michigan Young Parent Advisory Council. Diamond …

Only 13 states in the nation have passed legislation requiring sex education to be medically accurate. (Adobe Stock)
Only 13 states in the nation have passed legislation requiring sex education to be medically accurate. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Access to sex education is on the decline in rural areas, but one eastern Kentucky native aims to fill the knowledge gap with …

More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com
More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans can now get a clearer picture of teen pregnancies in the state. The State Comptroller's office has released an …

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