Saturday, September 24, 2022

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The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.

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Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.

Roughly 50% of small-business owners in the United States offer health insurance, but some worry about being able to keep it if costs continue to rise. (Adobe Stock)
Roughly 50% of small-business owners in the United States offer health insurance, but some worry about being able to keep it if costs continue to rise. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
Average Affordable Care Act premiums in Iowa would have been 72% higher this year without temporary subsidies from the federal government, and small-…

Roughly 50% of small-business owners in the United States offer health insurance, but some worry about being able to keep it if costs continue to rise. (Adobe Stock)
Roughly 50% of small-business owners in the United States offer health insurance, but some worry about being able to keep it if costs continue to rise. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
Average Affordable Care Act premiums in Wisconsin would have been 56% higher this year without temporary subsidies from the federal government…

The pilot program in the CHIPS Act is based on legislation known as the RECOMPETE Act, written by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. (Sherman Cahal/Adobe Stock)
The pilot program in the CHIPS Act is based on legislation known as the RECOMPETE Act, written by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. (Sherman Cahal/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
A little-known facet of the CHIPS and Science Act, passed in Congress this summer to boost the semiconductor industry, could benefit areas of rural …

Despite 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources so far this year, 71% of voters across the political spectrum oppose book bans, according to a survey by the American Library Association. (Adobe Stock)
Despite 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources so far this year, 71% of voters across the political spectrum oppose book bans, according to a survey by the American Library Association. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
As "Banned Books Week" comes to a close, Connecticut libraries have been celebrating with great fervor - despite numerous book bans and challenges…

Organizers behind a new hate-crime alert system in Maryland say it will send text messages and emails to Black leaders around the state. (Adobe Stock)
Organizers behind a new hate-crime alert system in Maryland say it will send text messages and emails to Black leaders around the state. (Adobe Stock)

As Maryland's "Emmett Till Alerts" system goes into effect, civil-rights leaders are expressing optimism about getting a handle on hate-crime …

Nonprofit organizations employed nearly 30,000 Montanans in 2019. (Artur/Adobe Stock)
Nonprofit organizations employed nearly 30,000 Montanans in 2019. (Artur/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
The work of some nonprofit organizations has only increased with the pandemic and the needs that have come from it. An author and expert in the field …

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she plans to call a legislative hearing on the practices of credit reporting agencies. (Kalafoto/Adobe Stock)
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she plans to call a legislative hearing on the practices of credit reporting agencies. (Kalafoto/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
Consumer groups are pressing for legislation to reform the way credit agencies handle errors on credit reports. The calls to amend the Fair Credit …

Since the Paris Agreement, the six largest U.S. banks have provided $1.4 trillion in financing to the fossil-fuel industry. (Adobe Stock)
Since the Paris Agreement, the six largest U.S. banks have provided $1.4 trillion in financing to the fossil-fuel industry. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
As states like North Dakota debate whether to stay committed to fossil fuels, an online scorecard gives people with retirement accounts a glimpse …

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A number of cities across the country are increasingly using tiny homes as cost-saving alternatives to help shelter people experiencing homelessness. (Sirikornt/Adobe Stock)
A number of cities across the country are increasingly using tiny homes as cost-saving alternatives to help shelter people experiencing homelessness. (Sirikornt/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
By Lourdes Medrano for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Mark Richardson for Arizona News Connection, reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …

Community housing groups say extreme weather events are one of several reasons aging homes are running into repair backlogs, and that for many homeowners, securing a home-improvement loan is difficult. (Adobe Stock)
Community housing groups say extreme weather events are one of several reasons aging homes are running into repair backlogs, and that for many homeowners, securing a home-improvement loan is difficult. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
As the housing market navigates a sea of obstacles, community-level organizations in Minnesota are urging governments to take a closer look at their …

Some 18,000 children on average experience homelessness each year in Colorado, according to most recent Colorado Department of Education data. (Adobe Stock)
Some 18,000 children on average experience homelessness each year in Colorado, according to most recent Colorado Department of Education data. (Adobe Stock)

"Opportunity Starts at Home," a short documentary film released this week by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, exposes how housing …

Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, which marks the date of Mexico's independence from Spain. (MarekPhotoDesign.com/Adobe Stock)
Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, which marks the date of Mexico's independence from Spain. (MarekPhotoDesign.com/Adobe Stock)

Friday, September 23, 2022
Hispanic Heritage Month began in mid-September and runs through Oct. 15, and a financial institution in Washington state is finding unique ways to …

In March, the Dallas County Jail failed its state inspection for the second year in a row, with the agency noting it had been out of compliance for about three months. (fau.org)
In March, the Dallas County Jail failed its state inspection for the second year in a row, with the agency noting it had been out of compliance for about three months. (fau.org)

Members of a Texas group working to end mass incarceration thought they were making headway, but now they're not so sure. Faith in Texas has ideas …

One in 16 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised, a rate 3.7 times greater than that of non-African Americans, according to The Sentencing Project. (themarshallproject.org)
One in 16 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised, a rate 3.7 times greater than that of non-African Americans, according to The Sentencing Project. (themarshallproject.org)

Every election, thousands of people are disenfranchised from voting because they are incarcerated. But Houston's Harris County Jail has shown the two …

According to a 2021 report by the Trevor Project, LGBTQ youths in rural areas were more likely to experience symptoms of depression than their urban and suburban counterparts. (Adobe Stock)
According to a 2021 report by the Trevor Project, LGBTQ youths in rural areas were more likely to experience symptoms of depression than their urban and suburban counterparts. (Adobe Stock)

New research out of the University of Minnesota reveals rural LGBTQ folks face unique, and often unmet, mental- and physical-health needs. The …

More than a quarter of LGBTQ students were bullied in school because of an actual or perceived disability, according to the National LGBTQ Task Force. (mbolina/Adobe Stock)
More than a quarter of LGBTQ students were bullied in school because of an actual or perceived disability, according to the National LGBTQ Task Force. (mbolina/Adobe Stock)

As Pride Month comes to a close and Disability Pride Month begins, advocates are raising awareness about the intersection of being LGBTQ+ and having …

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In addition to protecting programs such as Social Security, older North Dakotans have told AARP reducing the threat of scams is another one of their top priorities. (Adobe Stock)
In addition to protecting programs such as Social Security, older North Dakotans have told AARP reducing the threat of scams is another one of their top priorities. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Early voting for the fall election begins one week from today in North Dakota. Candidate debates are on the horizon, too, and older residents are …

After registering to vote, Ohioans are encouraged to learn more about the offices up for grabs in November. (Adobe Stock)
After registering to vote, Ohioans are encouraged to learn more about the offices up for grabs in November. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
We're 50 days away from the 2022 midterms, and advocates are encouraging Ohioans to not only learn more about the candidates on the ballot, but the …

Because of its population increase over the past decade, Montana will have two congressional districts this year instead of one. (Svetlana/Adobe Stock)
Because of its population increase over the past decade, Montana will have two congressional districts this year instead of one. (Svetlana/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Today is National Voter Registration Day, and one Native American rights organization in Montana is ensuring people are ready to vote in November…

The Lake County Gun Violence Prevention Initiative is partnering with community groups to interrupt cycles of gun violence. (Adobe Stock)<br />
The Lake County Gun Violence Prevention Initiative is partnering with community groups to interrupt cycles of gun violence. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
State and local leaders are joining community groups for a call to action this weekend to draw attention to efforts to support at-risk youth in Illino…

Juvenile detentions dropped dramatically nationwide during the early part of the pandemic, but numbers have bounced back up, especially for African American youth. (Sakhorn38/Adobe Stock)
Juvenile detentions dropped dramatically nationwide during the early part of the pandemic, but numbers have bounced back up, especially for African American youth. (Sakhorn38/Adobe Stock)

Currently, children as young as 10 are held behind bars while awaiting trial in Illinois, and now, juvenile justice reform groups are calling for the …

Admissions to secure juvenile detention facilities dropped 51% in Pennsylvania between 2016 and 2020, but the median length of stay has nearly doubled. (Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)
Admissions to secure juvenile detention facilities dropped 51% in Pennsylvania between 2016 and 2020, but the median length of stay has nearly doubled. (Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)

One goal of youth and family support services is to keep kids out of juvenile detention, but for those who are accused of serious crimes, …

The Brookings Institute predicts the broadband buildout across the U.S. will create 200,000 new jobs for telecom technicians in the coming years. (Photomix Company/Pexels)
The Brookings Institute predicts the broadband buildout across the U.S. will create 200,000 new jobs for telecom technicians in the coming years. (Photomix Company/Pexels)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
California is going to need tens of thousands of workers over the next six years as we continue to build the broadband network to bring high-speed int…

Nurses in Minnesota who are on strike this week say hospital CEO pay is one of several factors contributing to staffing issues. (Adobe Stock)
Nurses in Minnesota who are on strike this week say hospital CEO pay is one of several factors contributing to staffing issues. (Adobe Stock)

The largest nurses strike in U.S. history started yesterday in Minnesota. Those walking the picket lines said they want the public to know it is not …

A protest is expected today in Los Angeles, similar to one that took place in Chicago during the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2011. (Arthur Stamoulis/Trade Justice Education Fund)
A protest is expected today in Los Angeles, similar to one that took place in Chicago during the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2011. (Arthur Stamoulis/Trade Justice Education Fund)

Labor and environmental groups are asking for a seat in the "room where it happens" as government trade representatives gather today in Los Angeles to…

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For schools, Arkansas Peace Week includes lesson plans with such topics as "Resolving Conflict Without Violence," and "Making Amends and Forgiving Others." (Enterlinedesign/Adobe Stock)
For schools, Arkansas Peace Week includes lesson plans with such topics as "Resolving Conflict Without Violence," and "Making Amends and Forgiving Others." (Enterlinedesign/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
We're in the middle of Arkansas Peace Week, which is packed full of activities and events to promote the goals of peace and justice in the state…

The five prize-winners at Saturday's Midland Day of Peace festival will each release a dove to signify the value of peacemaking. (Okea/Adobe Stock)
The five prize-winners at Saturday's Midland Day of Peace festival will each release a dove to signify the value of peacemaking. (Okea/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 22, 2022
In a world filled with conflict, one city in Michigan is celebrating its status as an International City of Peace. A group of nonprofit …

Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. (Volodymyr/Adobe Stock)
Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. (Volodymyr/Adobe Stock)

What is the link between anxiety about death and Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine? A Seattle-based organization is hostin…

In the U.S., some 67% of firefighters are volunteers, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council. In New Hampshire, the percentage is even higher. (National Volunteer Fire Council)
In the U.S., some 67% of firefighters are volunteers, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council. In New Hampshire, the percentage is even higher. (National Volunteer Fire Council)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
If you dial 911, it is more than likely a volunteer firefighter will respond to your emergency, but in the Granite State, there are not enough …

About 67% of firefighters in the United States are volunteers, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council. (automatic6517/Pixabay)
About 67% of firefighters in the United States are volunteers, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council. (automatic6517/Pixabay)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
If you dial 911, it is more than likely a volunteer firefighter will respond to your emergency, but in Massachusetts, there are not enough volunteers…

AARP Maryland volunteers celebrated after the initial construction of a park and garden space at Baltimore's James McHenry Elementary School was completed in 2018. (Todd Nash)
AARP Maryland volunteers celebrated after the initial construction of a park and garden space at Baltimore's James McHenry Elementary School was completed in 2018. (Todd Nash)

A Baltimore elementary school is getting a helping hand this week from folks who haven't been elementary students in quite a while. The community …

This year, more than 70% of the attempts to restrict library resources have targeted multiple titles, according to the American Library Association. (Adobe Stock)
This year, more than 70% of the attempts to restrict library resources have targeted multiple titles, according to the American Library Association. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Controversial books are nothing new, but the incidence of book challenges and bans has increased substantially in recent years. For the American …

Research shows economic insecurity, unreliable transportation and other challenges outside the classroom pose major barriers for two-year college students. (Adobe Stock)
Research shows economic insecurity, unreliable transportation and other challenges outside the classroom pose major barriers for two-year college students. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Colleges and universities in Kentucky are looking at new ways to address the equity gap among their students, through specialized training for their …

Educators from across South Dakota say newly proposed social studies standards might help students memorize facts for tests but will not help them develop critical-thinking skills for the outside world. (Adobe Stock)
Educators from across South Dakota say newly proposed social studies standards might help students memorize facts for tests but will not help them develop critical-thinking skills for the outside world. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
A South Dakota education panel has kicked off the public-hearing phase in the state's latest effort to update social studies standards. Many …

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Minnesota recorded 570 gun-related deaths last year, and a majority of them were listed as suicides. That's promoted calls for increased education about the safe storage of firearms. (Adobe Stock)
Minnesota recorded 570 gun-related deaths last year, and a majority of them were listed as suicides. That's promoted calls for increased education about the safe storage of firearms. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
For the second year in a row, suicides represent nearly 70% of all gun deaths in Minnesota. Those working to stop gun violence hope the new data …

The public is encouraged to decorate paper lanterns and display them to mark the anniversary of the Oct. 1 shooting, which took place on the Las Vegas strip in 2017. (Vegas Strong Resiliency Center)
The public is encouraged to decorate paper lanterns and display them to mark the anniversary of the Oct. 1 shooting, which took place on the Las Vegas strip in 2017. (Vegas Strong Resiliency Center)

The five-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history is coming up Oct. 1, and Las Vegas is preparing to honor the victims, survivors …

An internet database says at least 580 people have died in mass shootings this year. (OlegD/Adobe Stock)
An internet database says at least 580 people have died in mass shootings this year. (OlegD/Adobe Stock)

Gun violence is a major issue across the country, and now, the work of a 20th-century anthropologist could help people dive deeper into their own …

Low-income families in the Central Valley, Lake Los Angeles and Chico areas can sign up through their school districts to get bags of fresh food provided by Save the Children. (Victoria Zegler/Save the Children)
Low-income families in the Central Valley, Lake Los Angeles and Chico areas can sign up through their school districts to get bags of fresh food provided by Save the Children. (Victoria Zegler/Save the Children)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Child hunger is a persistent problem in California and across the U.S., especially in rural areas, and now, a new grant program will promote and fund …

More than 726,000 people, including almost 224,000 children, are facing hunger in Indiana, according to the nonprofit Feeding America. (Adobe Stock)
More than 726,000 people, including almost 224,000 children, are facing hunger in Indiana, according to the nonprofit Feeding America. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Amid struggles with higher food and transportation costs, fewer donations and increased demand, food banks in Indiana will soon have additional …

Arkansas ranks fifth for the per capita number of households with children that reported not having enough food in their homes this past year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey. (Oksana Kuzmina/AdobeStock)
Arkansas ranks fifth for the per capita number of households with children that reported not having enough food in their homes this past year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey. (Oksana Kuzmina/AdobeStock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Save the Children's Rural Child Hunger Research and Innovation Lab aims to help communities design and test new, creative ways to reduce rural child …

Child poverty ebbed and flowed after hitting 17% in 2009. Since 2017, it has been on the decline, falling to 5.2% in 2021, the lowest rate in history. (Adobe Stock)
Child poverty ebbed and flowed after hitting 17% in 2009. Since 2017, it has been on the decline, falling to 5.2% in 2021, the lowest rate in history. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Connecticut's child poverty statistics have remained the same throughout 2021, according to the latest Census Bureau report. Nationally, child …

Analysts say had the federal government not temporarily expanded the Child Tax Credit, child poverty would have fallen to 8.1% last year, rather than 5.2%. (Adobe Stock)
Analysts say had the federal government not temporarily expanded the Child Tax Credit, child poverty would have fallen to 8.1% last year, rather than 5.2%. (Adobe Stock)

On the heels of a promising poverty report, there are renewed calls to make permanent certain pandemic policies that helped struggling families in …

About one in four Ohioans filters in and out of poverty, and can't seem to stay above the Federal Poverty Line, according to the latest research. (Adobe Stock)
About one in four Ohioans filters in and out of poverty, and can't seem to stay above the Federal Poverty Line, according to the latest research. (Adobe Stock)

More than 1.4 million people in the Buckeye State live in poverty, according to the 2022 State of Poverty in Ohio report. The Ohio Association of …

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Falls among adults age 65 and older caused more than 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury-related death for the age group, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)
Falls among adults age 65 and older caused more than 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury-related death for the age group, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
One in four Americans age 65 and older take an unexpected tumble each year, and during Falls Prevention Awareness Week, experts are encouraging them …

Falls among adults age 65 and older caused more than 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury death for this group, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Falls among adults age 65 and older caused more than 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury death for this group, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
One in four Americans age 65 and older takes an unexpected fall each year. During Falls Prevention Awareness Week, experts are encouraging older …

Federal health officials say falls result in more than three million injuries each year that require an emergency-room visit. (Adobe Stock)
Federal health officials say falls result in more than three million injuries each year that require an emergency-room visit. (Adobe Stock)

From COVID infections to dangerously hot weather, older South Dakotans have had a lot of warnings the past couple of years to adhere to. But experts …

In Tennessee, more than 800,000 people are facing hunger, and more than 230,000 of them are children. (Africa Studio/AdobeStock)
In Tennessee, more than 800,000 people are facing hunger, and more than 230,000 of them are children. (Africa Studio/AdobeStock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Advocates for children's well-being are in Washington, D.C. today, calling on lawmakers to invest in kids. The Save the Children advocacy summit is …

Kids have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Advocates are in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the issues. (Sergey Novikov/Adobe Stock)
Kids have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Advocates are in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the issues. (Sergey Novikov/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Advocates for child well-being are in the nation's capital today, calling on lawmakers to invest in children. The Save the Children advocacy summit …

Children of color are more likely than white kids to experience the death of a parent, as are children living in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)
Children of color are more likely than white kids to experience the death of a parent, as are children living in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska is one of six states participating in "No Child Grieves Alone," a series of regional conferences aiming to help communities recover after the…

Some marijuana convictions, which keep people from getting a better job, joining the military, going back to school or getting a student loan, can be erased right now.  (Adobe Stock)
Some marijuana convictions, which keep people from getting a better job, joining the military, going back to school or getting a student loan, can be erased right now. (Adobe Stock)

A special legal clinic is being held on September 24 in Buffalo about expunging certain marijuana convictions. The clinic, a collaboration between …

The Illinois Department of Corrections oversees more than 40 facilities, ranging from traditional prisons to work camps and transition centers. (Adobe Stock)
The Illinois Department of Corrections oversees more than 40 facilities, ranging from traditional prisons to work camps and transition centers. (Adobe Stock)

After reports of water contamination in Illinois prisons, groups are calling on the state to conduct a top-down review of the water and sewer systems …

Nebraska taxpayers are on the hook for more than $38,000 a year for every person serving time in the state's prison system. (Adobe Stock)
Nebraska taxpayers are on the hook for more than $38,000 a year for every person serving time in the state's prison system. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska is now in year three of a prison overcrowding emergency, according to the latest numbers released by the Nebraska Department of Correctional …

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Three in four good-paying jobs in Colorado require a college degree or other post-secondary credentials. (Adobe Stock)
Three in four good-paying jobs in Colorado require a college degree or other post-secondary credentials. (Adobe Stock)

The biggest obstacle facing Indigenous students completing college degrees is cost, according to a new collaborative study by the National Native …

Petroglyphs and other rock formations dot the landscape in the Great Bend of the Gila, which could become a National Conservation Area. (Dawn Kish/The Wilderness Society)
Petroglyphs and other rock formations dot the landscape in the Great Bend of the Gila, which could become a National Conservation Area. (Dawn Kish/The Wilderness Society)

A bill to make tribal governments equal partners with the federal government in managing a pair of Arizona land preserves advanced in the U.S…

Arizona renamed what was "Squaw Peak" to "Piestewa Peak" in 2003 to honor Lori Ann Piestewa, a Native American killed in action during the Iraq War. (Dan Hontz/Adobe Stock)
Arizona renamed what was "Squaw Peak" to "Piestewa Peak" in 2003 to honor Lori Ann Piestewa, a Native American killed in action during the Iraq War. (Dan Hontz/Adobe Stock)

The U.S. Department of the Interior has ordered name changes for nearly 650 sites on federal lands, in Arizona and across the country, containing …

Residents of Bellingham, Wash., studied other cities' immigrant resource centers and have proposed one for Whatcom County. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)
Residents of Bellingham, Wash., studied other cities' immigrant resource centers and have proposed one for Whatcom County. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

People in northwest Washington are holding a vigil at Bellingham City Hall for an immigrant farmworker who died five years ago, and calling for a …

Only 20% of Latinos with mental-health issues talk with a primary-care physician, according to a U.S. Surgeon General's report. (Adobe Stock)
Only 20% of Latinos with mental-health issues talk with a primary-care physician, according to a U.S. Surgeon General's report. (Adobe Stock)

Stigma around mental health and a lack of resources available in Spanish means many individuals in North Carolina's Latino community are going without…

Research suggests that with intensive support, parents can overcome addiction and be reunited with their children as part of their recovery. (Adobe Stock)
Research suggests that with intensive support, parents can overcome addiction and be reunited with their children as part of their recovery. (Adobe Stock)

September is National Recovery Month, and a program in Ohio is showing success in healing families who have struggled with addiction. Ohio START (…

The Girls on the Run Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Minnesota this year. (Adobe Stock)
The Girls on the Run Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Minnesota this year. (Adobe Stock)

Registration time is arriving at several Minnesota locations offering a national program geared for grade-school-age girls. It combines social and …

The national Girls on the Run Program has been available in South Dakota since 2006. (Adobe Stock)
The national Girls on the Run Program has been available in South Dakota since 2006. (Adobe Stock)

In early August, fall registration opens at several South Dakota locations offering a national program geared for grade-school-age girls. It combines …

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Pro-choice groups say Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sometimes called pregnancy resource or counseling centers, were created to talk people out of having abortions. (SHVETS production/Pexels)
Pro-choice groups say Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sometimes called pregnancy resource or counseling centers, were created to talk people out of having abortions. (SHVETS production/Pexels)

In the ongoing abortion debate, people are being warned to be mindful of deceptive practices in the facilities known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers…

A new report looks at the influence of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which aim to deter people who are pregnant from considering abortion. (Fokussiert/Adobestock)
A new report looks at the influence of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which aim to deter people who are pregnant from considering abortion. (Fokussiert/Adobestock)

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Crisis Pregnancy Centers are drawing more scrutiny. In June, California Attorney …

The Department of Education is collecting backpacks for Granite Staters in need until Aug. 12. (Mark/Adobe Stock)
The Department of Education is collecting backpacks for Granite Staters in need until Aug. 12. (Mark/Adobe Stock)

The New Hampshire Department of Education is collecting new backpacks for students whose families may need some help this year getting those back-to-s…

Artist Stella Nall made this painting of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, located in north central Montana. (Montana Conservation Voters)
Artist Stella Nall made this painting of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, located in north central Montana. (Montana Conservation Voters)

Artists in Montana have recently immortalized the state's national monuments on canvas. At "Pint Night" events put on by the Montana Conservation …

Maine artist Russel Whitten creates an ocean scene at East Point Audubon Sanctuary at Biddeford Pool. (Elizabeth Creamer/Maine Audubon)
Maine artist Russel Whitten creates an ocean scene at East Point Audubon Sanctuary at Biddeford Pool. (Elizabeth Creamer/Maine Audubon)

The beauty and inspiration of Maine's coastal wetlands soon could be hanging on a wall near you. Twenty-seven plein-air painters will be creating …

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit refunds 30% of what productions spend to film in the state, up to $40 million annually. (Adobe Stock)
The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit refunds 30% of what productions spend to film in the state, up to $40 million annually. (Adobe Stock)

By Andrew Kuder / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration According to data from the Ohi…

Rounding out the "bottom five" states for women's equality in the new WalletHub survey, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho and Georgia each scored slightly better than Utah. (Southworks/Adobe Stock)
Rounding out the "bottom five" states for women's equality in the new WalletHub survey, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho and Georgia each scored slightly better than Utah. (Southworks/Adobe Stock)

In the 1960s, women were told in ad campaigns, "You've come a long way, baby." But in Utah, that may not be the case. Women's Equality Day is this …

Nearly half of Hispanic or Latina women of reproductive age in Georgia are uninsured. (Adobe Stock)
Nearly half of Hispanic or Latina women of reproductive age in Georgia are uninsured. (Adobe Stock)

While abortion care is in the headlines, a new report says accessing other health-care services is a challenge for many women in Georgia. Data from …

Texas' House Bill 1280, soon to take effect, makes it a second-degree felony "for a person who knowingly performs, induces or attempts an abortion." (austintexas.org)
Texas' House Bill 1280, soon to take effect, makes it a second-degree felony "for a person who knowingly performs, induces or attempts an abortion." (austintexas.org)

Texas soon will enact one of the strictest abortion bans in the country - and a majority of voters don't like it. Three out of four - 77% of the …

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Researchers say cardiovascular disease is the "number one killer" of new moms and accounts for more than one-third of maternal deaths. Black women have some of the highest maternal mortality rates. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers say cardiovascular disease is the "number one killer" of new moms and accounts for more than one-third of maternal deaths. Black women have some of the highest maternal mortality rates. (Adobe Stock)

Minnesota continues to rank highly for quality-of-life indicators, including health, but long-standing disparities persist. A new round of grants …

U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., is among the chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, founded in 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)
U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., is among the chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, founded in 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)

As states ban abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, women's advocates in New York and beyond are raising awareness of the outsized impact …

Members of the LGBTQ community are far less likely to own a home than those who are not. (teksomolika/Adobe Stock)
Members of the LGBTQ community are far less likely to own a home than those who are not. (teksomolika/Adobe Stock)

Pride Month during June highlights the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, which have long faced discrimination…

During the U.S. Senate primary, Pennsylvania saw $99 million spent with a large portion of that coming from Super PACs, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)
During the U.S. Senate primary, Pennsylvania saw $99 million spent with a large portion of that coming from Super PACs, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)

Pennsylvania's Senate race is garnering national attention, with Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz running to replace retiring …

J.D. Vance, left, and Josh Mandel, right, have been endorsed by high-profile members of the Republican Party. (Adobe Stock)
J.D. Vance, left, and Josh Mandel, right, have been endorsed by high-profile members of the Republican Party. (Adobe Stock)

Ohio's primary election includes candidates in the race for governor as well as many U.S. congressional districts, but the race to fill retiring U.S…

Today, nearly one-third of all rural children come from racial or ethnic minority populations, compared with 28.1% in 2010, according to the report. (Adobe Stock)
Today, nearly one-third of all rural children come from racial or ethnic minority populations, compared with 28.1% in 2010, according to the report. (Adobe Stock)

A version of this report originally appeared on The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Arkansas News Service for the Public News Servic…

The new congressional district map splits Boone County into two districts, right through downtown Columbia. (Missouri House of Representatives)
The new congressional district map splits Boone County into two districts, right through downtown Columbia. (Missouri House of Representatives)

With congressional voting district maps finally in place in Missouri, county clerks are working to educate voters on the changes. Every 10 years …

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Many Latinos celebrate those who have died on Dia de los Muertos, but don't talk about death beforehand and shy away from hospice services. (EduardoTaboada/Pixabay)
Many Latinos celebrate those who have died on Dia de los Muertos, but don't talk about death beforehand and shy away from hospice services. (EduardoTaboada/Pixabay)

Hispanic groups are coming together to encourage people in New Mexico and elsewhere to have end-of-life conversations with their loved ones before ill…

An American Hospice Association study shows while there has been an increased effort by hospices to reach out to non-white populations, hospice care is still underutilized by Latino families. (ljr_images/Adobe Stock)
An American Hospice Association study shows while there has been an increased effort by hospices to reach out to non-white populations, hospice care is still underutilized by Latino families. (ljr_images/Adobe Stock)

Hispanic groups are coming together to encourage people in Arizona and elsewhere to begin end-of-life conversations with their loved ones before illne…

A study to find out whether sperm age plays a role in pregnancy outcomes involved 379 male partners in couples who discontinued use of contraception for getting pregnant. (Andriy Bezuglov/Adobe Stock)
A study to find out whether sperm age plays a role in pregnancy outcomes involved 379 male partners in couples who discontinued use of contraception for getting pregnant. (Andriy Bezuglov/Adobe Stock)

A new study found an association between what researchers are calling the biological age of sperm and reproductive success. While age is considered …

Local municipalities and counties can apply to Wyoming's state historic preservation office for funding to conduct their own historical surveys. (Adobe Stock)
Local municipalities and counties can apply to Wyoming's state historic preservation office for funding to conduct their own historical surveys. (Adobe Stock)

Summer brings plenty of opportunities to get out and discover hidden historic treasures in your community, and preservation advocates are encouraging …

A parcel of property called "40 Acres" in Delano, the site of the United Farmworkers' first headquarters, is part of the proposed Cesar E. Chaves National Historical Park. (Bobak Ha'Eri/ Wikimedia Commons)
A parcel of property called "40 Acres" in Delano, the site of the United Farmworkers' first headquarters, is part of the proposed Cesar E. Chaves National Historical Park. (Bobak Ha'Eri/ Wikimedia Commons)

Congress is considering a new bill to establish a national historical park honoring union organizer Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement he led…

<a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recarea/?recid=74867" target="_blank">Jim Liberty Cabin is on the site of Peak House</a>, a hotel that was built in 1891 and eventually destroyed by a windstorm. (NH Division of Historical Resources)
Jim Liberty Cabin is on the site of Peak House, a hotel that was built in 1891 and eventually destroyed by a windstorm. (NH Division of Historical Resources)

Five properties are newly added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places this Historic Preservation Month. The list includes two …

A 2019 report from the Economic Policy Institute found teacher shortages were especially acute in higher-poverty schools. (Adobe Stock)
A 2019 report from the Economic Policy Institute found teacher shortages were especially acute in higher-poverty schools. (Adobe Stock)

As the nation processes the horrific shooting in Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed, teachers' unions across Illinois and America …

The nonprofit Save the Children says the digital divide is one reason children lagged behind in schoolwork during the pandemic. Four in 10 West Virginia families don't have reliable internet service. (Adobe Stock)
The nonprofit Save the Children says the digital divide is one reason children lagged behind in schoolwork during the pandemic. Four in 10 West Virginia families don't have reliable internet service. (Adobe Stock)

During the COVID pandemic, West Virginia's elementary school enrollment dropped and saw rankings near the bottom among states for some education …

Pennsylvania's per capita spending on pre-K education is $1,103, far less than neighboring New Jersey, which spends nearly $4,000 per capita. (Adobe Stock)
Pennsylvania's per capita spending on pre-K education is $1,103, far less than neighboring New Jersey, which spends nearly $4,000 per capita. (Adobe Stock)

With negotiations for Pennsylvania's budget under way, a new report unpacks the state's investment in early-childhood education. Advocates hope it …

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An Unarmed Civilian Protection team from Nonviolent Peaceforce has been assessing needs and working with local groups in Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of NP)
An Unarmed Civilian Protection team from Nonviolent Peaceforce has been assessing needs and working with local groups in Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of NP)

This week marked the 75th day since Russia invaded Ukraine. As the humanitarian disaster unfolds, those carrying out Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP)…

A fundraiser for Ukraine, organized by a student from Luther College, has received several thousand dollars in donations ahead of a centerpiece event this weekend. (Adobe Stock)
A fundraiser for Ukraine, organized by a student from Luther College, has received several thousand dollars in donations ahead of a centerpiece event this weekend. (Adobe Stock)

An Iowa college student is organizing a fundraiser and a message of peace for Ukraine, in an effort stretching 75 miles long. Anita Tamang, a senior …

Advocates of guaranteed-income programs say they help families afford basic needs, from utility bills to food, and more. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)
Advocates of guaranteed-income programs say they help families afford basic needs, from utility bills to food, and more. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)

By Sonali Kolhatkar for Yes! Media.Broadcast version by Lily Böhlke for New York News Connection reporting for the YES! Media-Public News …

Children who have reliable access to housing and nutritious foods are more likely to have better health and financial outcomes. (Adobe Stock)
Children who have reliable access to housing and nutritious foods are more likely to have better health and financial outcomes. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska and other states are hoarding more than $5 billion intended for struggling families, according to new analysis. In 2019, for every 100 …

About 40 million Americans rely on the SNAP program for food assistance, including more than 400,000 Nevadans. (Nevada Department of Agriculture)
About 40 million Americans rely on the SNAP program for food assistance, including more than 400,000 Nevadans. (Nevada Department of Agriculture)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Groups that advocate for the working poor are speaking out against a new policy proposal from the Trump administration to make it …

Public News Service joins the Trust Project, along with news outlets in the U.S, Europe and Central and South America. (The Trust Project)
Public News Service joins the Trust Project, along with news outlets in the U.S, Europe and Central and South America. (The Trust Project)

BOULDER, Colo. - As people struggle to find trusted news and information, Colorado News Connection and its network Public News Service are …

Alden Global Capital controls more than 100 local and regional newspapers, and the number of staff members at those papers has been reduced by more than twice the national industry average since 2012. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)
Alden Global Capital controls more than 100 local and regional newspapers, and the number of staff members at those papers has been reduced by more than twice the national industry average since 2012. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO - A hedge fund's purchase of the Chicago Tribune is in the works - but until it becomes official, members of the Chicago Tribune Guild are …

Missouri could become one of 14 states to take legislative action on media literacy, if lawmakers pass a bill to incorporate it into K-12 education. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)
Missouri could become one of 14 states to take legislative action on media literacy, if lawmakers pass a bill to incorporate it into K-12 education. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker introduced a bill which would add media literacy training to the public-school curriculum. House Bill 74 …

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