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.

Arkansans for a Unified Natural State and other groups have been collecting signatures since October to overturn the state congressional maps due to concerns of partisan gerrymandering. They have until Jan. 15, 2022 to collect 54,000 signatures. (Adobe Stock)
Arkansans for a Unified Natural State and other groups have been collecting signatures since October to overturn the state congressional maps due to concerns of partisan gerrymandering. They have until Jan. 15, 2022 to collect 54,000 signatures. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Board of Apportionment has approved its House and Senate district maps based on 2020 U.S. Census data, and voting-…

Colorado state demographers project that by 2050, one in three Colorado residents will be Latino. (Adobe Stock)
Colorado state demographers project that by 2050, one in three Colorado residents will be Latino. (Adobe Stock)

DENVER - This year Colorado joined 13 other states trying to take politics out of the once-a-decade voter redistricting process, and Latino …

The Arkansas Board of Apportionment is composed of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Secretary of State John Thurston. (Adobe Stock)
The Arkansas Board of Apportionment is composed of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Secretary of State John Thurston. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Board of Apportionment (BOA) is seeking public comment after revealing its proposed state House and Senate voting-…

More than 48,000 foster children live in institutional placements in the U.S., representing 10% of the foster-care population. (Adobe stock)
More than 48,000 foster children live in institutional placements in the U.S., representing 10% of the foster-care population. (Adobe stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Almost 4,000 children in Maryland are in foster care, and a new study calls for ending the use of group homes and institutions …

An estimated 181,000 children and families in Pennsylvania were served through Child Protective Services in 2020, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 181,000 children and families in Pennsylvania were served through Child Protective Services in 2020, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With kids stuck at home early in the pandemic, a new report said child-abuse cases decreased in 2020, but children's advocates say …

About one in 10 births in the U.S. happens in Texas, but the state's maternal mortality rate is 6% higher than the U.S. rate overall. (regina_zulauf/Pixabay)
About one in 10 births in the U.S. happens in Texas, but the state's maternal mortality rate is 6% higher than the U.S. rate overall. (regina_zulauf/Pixabay)

Monday, December 6, 2021
HOUSTON -- Children's advocates say the difficulty in providing health coverage for poor families in Texas could be largely solved if the Build Back B…

Newly-drawn congressional and legislative districts in North Carolina now face a slew of legal challenges. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Newly-drawn congressional and legislative districts in North Carolina now face a slew of legal challenges. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Political candidates across the state can start filing again to run for the 2022 U.S. House and state legislative seats, after the …

Maria Nieto Orta with Mi Familia Vota testifies before the Nevada Legislature at a redistricting hearing Nov. 15. (Nevadans Count)
Maria Nieto Orta with Mi Familia Vota testifies before the Nevada Legislature at a redistricting hearing Nov. 15. (Nevadans Count)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's new political maps are drawing criticism from Latino groups, who say they have diluted their influence as voters…

The nonpartisan California Redistricting Commission is charged with mapping out legislative districts based on the 2020 census data. (Vesperstock)
The nonpartisan California Redistricting Commission is charged with mapping out legislative districts based on the 2020 census data. (Vesperstock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As California enters the final stretch in the redistricting process, civil rights groups are pressing the state's redistricting …

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The Minnesota Attorney General's Office says even when someone is facing serious financial pressure with a past-due loan, they often don't have to make snap decisions. To avoid scams, borrowers are urged to seek out free consultation. (Adobe Stock)
The Minnesota Attorney General's Office says even when someone is facing serious financial pressure with a past-due loan, they often don't have to make snap decisions. To avoid scams, borrowers are urged to seek out free consultation. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS -- With forbearance protections ending during this stage of the pandemic, some struggling homeowners are sorting out their mortgage …

Security firm Safewise estimates that 210 million packages were stolen from Americans so far in 2021 (Cybrain)
Security firm Safewise estimates that 210 million packages were stolen from Americans so far in 2021 (Cybrain)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- During the holiday season, scams involving gift cards and package delivery are everywhere, according to federal authorities…

When considering whether to buy something online, fraud prevention experts say you should look for red flags on websites or online ads, like spelling errors or a lack of a privacy policy. (Adobe Stock)
When considering whether to buy something online, fraud prevention experts say you should look for red flags on websites or online ads, like spelling errors or a lack of a privacy policy. (Adobe Stock)

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Over the next few weeks, South Dakotans will be clicking the "purchase" button as they order holiday gifts online. Fraud experts …

There are currently 80,000 Colorado college students eligible for full SNAP benefits, the program formerly known as food stamps. (Adobe Stock)
There are currently 80,000 Colorado college students eligible for full SNAP benefits, the program formerly known as food stamps. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
DENVER -- Women and low-income students disproportionately put their college careers on hold during the pandemic, according to a new report. Of the 1…

In a statewide survey of Wisconsin school districts, 37% said they were unable to provide students with Wi-Fi cards or hotspots. (Adobe Stock)
In a statewide survey of Wisconsin school districts, 37% said they were unable to provide students with Wi-Fi cards or hotspots. (Adobe Stock)

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. -- Broadband gaps affect many facets of life, including education. The new federal infrastructure plan includes money to expand …

New York City launched a community schools initiative in 2014. A study three years later found it had a positive impact on student attendance and credit accumulation. (Adobe Stock)
New York City launched a community schools initiative in 2014. A study three years later found it had a positive impact on student attendance and credit accumulation. (Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has released a new report this week, with recommendations from educators about how best to …

More than 300 health-care workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center began their strike on Monday. (SEIU Local 49)
More than 300 health-care workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center began their strike on Monday. (SEIU Local 49)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Strikes that erupted in what became known as "Striketober" aren't over yet. After a two-day strike in October, health-care …

A proposal by Milwaukee City Alder Marina Dimitrijevic would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, regardless of their gender. (Adobe Stock)
A proposal by Milwaukee City Alder Marina Dimitrijevic would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, regardless of their gender. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Like most of the nation, Wisconsin does not have a statewide paid parental leave policy, but in Milwaukee, a three-month paid …

A new report says child-care expenses make up roughly 10% of a family's income in South Dakota. The percentages are much higher for families of color. (Adobe Stock)
A new report says child-care expenses make up roughly 10% of a family's income in South Dakota. The percentages are much higher for families of color. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- If South Dakota wants to turn out a thriving economy, quality affordable child care needs to be a vital component, according to a …

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About three in five kids in foster care return home to their parents or other family members.<br />(avtk/Adobe Stock)
About three in five kids in foster care return home to their parents or other family members.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a system plagued by a history of disparities, Ohio's child-welfare workers and children's advocates say it is time to reimagine …

Poverty can be misconstrued as neglect. (Adobe Stock)
Poverty can be misconstrued as neglect. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As policymakers and child-welfare leaders move to transform the foster-care system, advocates say there are misconceptions about …

Black children represent 36% of the children in foster care in Ohio, while they represent 14% of children in the general population. (Adobe Stock)
Black children represent 36% of the children in foster care in Ohio, while they represent 14% of children in the general population. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 6, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Children Services is tasked with protecting the safety, well-being, and permanency of children and families, but some experts say …

The American Rescue Plan Act allocated $195 billion in economic-recovery funds directly to states, with a portion of the funding expected to compensate low-wage essential workers for the risks they faced during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
The American Rescue Plan Act allocated $195 billion in economic-recovery funds directly to states, with a portion of the funding expected to compensate low-wage essential workers for the risks they faced during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lawmakers heard from the state's nurses, firefighters, truck drivers, grocery store employees and other essential workers …

Still from the "Hey Joe" music video, featuring residents across West Virginia singing to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (Bobby Lee Messer)
Still from the "Hey Joe" music video, featuring residents across West Virginia singing to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (Bobby Lee Messer)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the U.S. Senate considers President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, environmental advocates have a musical message for …

An estimated 5,500 miles of Pennsylvania streams have been polluted as a result of abandoned-mine drainage, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 5,500 miles of Pennsylvania streams have been polluted as a result of abandoned-mine drainage, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 6, 2021
ASHLEY, Pa. -- The trillion-dollar infrastructure bill passed by Congress last month includes $11.3 billion for abandoned-mine reclamation and …

Recent research shows the mentally ill and drug addicted account for only about one quarter of the homeless population, while families with children make up one third and are the fastest-growing segment. (vinsky2002/Pixabay)
Recent research shows the mentally ill and drug addicted account for only about one quarter of the homeless population, while families with children make up one third and are the fastest-growing segment. (vinsky2002/Pixabay)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tents and sleeping bags not only make living on the streets more bearable this time of year, they can often mean the difference …

More than 60% of LGBTQ homeless youths report being "physically harmed" by others, compared to fewer than half of non-LGBTQ homeless young people. (JP Photography)
More than 60% of LGBTQ homeless youths report being "physically harmed" by others, compared to fewer than half of non-LGBTQ homeless young people. (JP Photography)

Monday, December 6, 2021
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The holidays can be a tough time for young people experiencing homelessness, and Michigan organizations are working to provide …

Nationally, one in four young people who age out of the foster system experience homelessness within four years. (motortion/Adobe Stock)
Nationally, one in four young people who age out of the foster system experience homelessness within four years. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

CONCORD, N.H. -- As National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month comes to a close, groups will continue working to identify barriers for young people …

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Maine has more than 2,000 children in foster care, but not enough families for family placements. (cristalov/Adobe Stock)
Maine has more than 2,000 children in foster care, but not enough families for family placements. (cristalov/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
PORTLAND, Maine -- About 2,200 children are in foster care in Maine, and agencies say there are not enough families who are actively able to accept …

Between 2010 and 2019, felony arrests of people younger than 18 were down 53%, according to The Sentencing Project. (Adobe Stock)
Between 2010 and 2019, felony arrests of people younger than 18 were down 53%, according to The Sentencing Project. (Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- This month, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law advocates said gives young people who were caught up in the criminal-…

Black youths are disproportionately impacted by the lack of a minimum age for criminal responsibility in Illinois; 60% to 62% of kids age 10 to 13 who are arrested are Black. (md3d/Adobe Stock)
Black youths are disproportionately impacted by the lack of a minimum age for criminal responsibility in Illinois; 60% to 62% of kids age 10 to 13 who are arrested are Black. (md3d/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO -- At this week's World Congress on Justice with Children, Illinois experts and researchers shared ways the U.S. could work to get back in …

Holiday sales in 2021 are expected to increase between 8.5% and 10.5% over last year, and a record 87% of shoppers plan to shop online, according to the National Retail Federation. (PhotoMIx-Company/Pixabay)
Holiday sales in 2021 are expected to increase between 8.5% and 10.5% over last year, and a record 87% of shoppers plan to shop online, according to the National Retail Federation. (PhotoMIx-Company/Pixabay)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas -- Holiday goodwill doesn't extend to scammers, but experts say peace of mind is possible with common sense strategies to avoid schemes …

Of the 142,176 veterans living in Nebraska, only 33% have utilized their earned benefits at VA health care, according to U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)
Of the 142,176 veterans living in Nebraska, only 33% have utilized their earned benefits at VA health care, according to U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)

LINCOLN, Neb. - November is National Veterans and Military Families Month, and AARP has launched a free, one-stop online resource to help more …

Currently, Medicare Part D does not have a hard cap on the amount people pay out-of-pocket for prescription drugs; the Build Back Better Act would change that. (Mensatic/Morguefile)
Currently, Medicare Part D does not have a hard cap on the amount people pay out-of-pocket for prescription drugs; the Build Back Better Act would change that. (Mensatic/Morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Groups that advocate for older Americans are pressing for passage of the Build Back Better Act, Build Back Better Act which is …

From 1980 to 2019, Tennessee's jail incarceration rate increased 319%, according to the Vera Institute. (Adobe Stock)
From 1980 to 2019, Tennessee's jail incarceration rate increased 319%, according to the Vera Institute. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 6, 2021
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Legal advocacy groups in Tennessee have asked Shelby County Court officials to change their bail and pretrial detention practices…

Researchers say the links between experiences of racial discrimination and negative health outcomes are more pronounced for Black Americans than for any other group. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers say the links between experiences of racial discrimination and negative health outcomes are more pronounced for Black Americans than for any other group. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict continues to evoke a range of emotions from the public. A University of Wisconsin expert says the …

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The nonprofit Feeding America says in 2021, about 13 million children in the United States likely lived in households that were food insecure. (New Mom/ISO Republic)
The nonprofit Feeding America says in 2021, about 13 million children in the United States likely lived in households that were food insecure. (New Mom/ISO Republic)

Monday, December 6, 2021
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Wisconsin's food charities are preparing for a possible spike in demand heading into the holiday season. From the end of federal …

One in four New York City SNAP redemptions happens at Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan. It's one of 80 GrowNYC food access sites in the city. (Michayla Savitt)
One in four New York City SNAP redemptions happens at Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan. It's one of 80 GrowNYC food access sites in the city. (Michayla Savitt)

NEW YORK - A new report shows far fewer New Yorkers have gone hungry since the federal government nearly doubled its spending in the pandemic on the S…

During the pandemic, as many as a quarter of households in Los Angeles qualified for emergency food assistance. (Lial88/Adobestock)
During the pandemic, as many as a quarter of households in Los Angeles qualified for emergency food assistance. (Lial88/Adobestock)

LOS ANGELES -- Anti-hunger advocates filed suit Monday to force Los Angeles County to speed up processing of applications for emergency food assistanc…

Racial justice advocates say there's no good outcome from the Kyle Rittenhouse case because they feel the legal system still enables white supremacy. (Adobe Stock)
Racial justice advocates say there's no good outcome from the Kyle Rittenhouse case because they feel the legal system still enables white supremacy. (Adobe Stock)

Kenosha, WI - The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has announced not-guilty verdicts on all charges in the case. Ground-level activists say the …

Some lawmakers have brought a bill to require Michiganders to secure their firearms, but it hasn't made it through the Legislature. (Terry/Adobe Stock)
Some lawmakers have brought a bill to require Michiganders to secure their firearms, but it hasn't made it through the Legislature. (Terry/Adobe Stock)

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Michiganders are mourning the loss of four students after this week's school shooting at Oxford High School, and advocates …

To draw Hollywood to New Mexico, the state reimburses filmmakers 25% of everything they spend. (riograndefoundation.org)
To draw Hollywood to New Mexico, the state reimburses filmmakers 25% of everything they spend. (riograndefoundation.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The sheriff of Santa Fe County said the projectile that killed a cinematographer on a movie set last week was a "suspected live …

The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue occurred in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and injuring six people on Oct. 27, 2018. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue occurred in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and injuring six people on Oct. 27, 2018. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Today marks three years since the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 people at the synagogue were killed in a targeted …

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A majority of Republican likely voters support taxing billionaires' stock-market gains, which currently are not taxed until sold. (Adobe Stock)
A majority of Republican likely voters support taxing billionaires' stock-market gains, which currently are not taxed until sold. (Adobe Stock)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nearly seven in ten Americans say billionaires are not paying their fair share in taxes, according to a new survey. Among likely …

Traveling nurses found improved quarters in Houston thanks to a pandemic-loan program designed to help small minority-owned businesses rebuild. (voltamax/Pixabay)
Traveling nurses found improved quarters in Houston thanks to a pandemic-loan program designed to help small minority-owned businesses rebuild. (voltamax/Pixabay)

HOUSTON, Texas -- Minority-owned businesses across the South are benefitting from a program designed to help them get back on their feet post-…

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, despite inflation. (Missouri Workers Center)
The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, despite inflation. (Missouri Workers Center)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new group aims to bridge racial and geographic divides between Missouri workers, to help bring economic prosperity to everyone…

Shoppers in Wyoming's historic downtowns can have cookies at Santa's Saloon and kids can deliver letters to Santa via Pony Express. (Visit Cheyenne)
Shoppers in Wyoming's historic downtowns can have cookies at Santa's Saloon and kids can deliver letters to Santa via Pony Express. (Visit Cheyenne)

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming shoppers choosing to buy gifts at local mom-and-pop stores this holiday season can sample cookies with Mrs. Claus and refuel …

Marines carry personal items to the top of a hillside near Camp Pendleton in California, contributing to the living memorial. (Katrina Finkelstein)<br />
Marines carry personal items to the top of a hillside near Camp Pendleton in California, contributing to the living memorial. (Katrina Finkelstein)

By Katrina Finkelstein and Derek H. Alderman for The Conversation.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Tennessee News Service. On Veterans Day…

Retired U.S. Navy hospital corpsman Donald "Doc" Ballard hails from Missouri and is among the 66 still-living Medal of Honor recipients. (Wikimedia Commons)
Retired U.S. Navy hospital corpsman Donald "Doc" Ballard hails from Missouri and is among the 66 still-living Medal of Honor recipients. (Wikimedia Commons)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Americans from former presidents to friends and family of military service members are marking today's Veterans Day holiday by …

The once-a-decade process of redrawing a state's political boundaries based on U.S. census results can have a profound effect on the outcome of elections. (vesperstock/Adobe Stock)
The once-a-decade process of redrawing a state's political boundaries based on U.S. census results can have a profound effect on the outcome of elections. (vesperstock/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY - Backers of Utah's Independent Redistricting Commission are crying foul over the Republican-controlled Legislature's approval of what …

Native American tribes meet on Alcatraz on Thanksgiving morning each year to draw attention to the loss of native lands. (Annelise Velazquez)
Native American tribes meet on Alcatraz on Thanksgiving morning each year to draw attention to the loss of native lands. (Annelise Velazquez)

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. -- Some 400 years ago in 1621, the settlers and Native tribes ate together at the first Thanksgiving meal. But many tribes …

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State data show that between 2017 and 2019, the number of paid-leave claims from the lowest-wage workers declined while claims from the highest earners rose by one-third. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi)
State data show that between 2017 and 2019, the number of paid-leave claims from the lowest-wage workers declined while claims from the highest earners rose by one-third. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The push to offer paid leave nationwide is in high gear. A plan already passed the U.S. House as part of the Build Back Better …

The COVID-19 pandemic is severely disrupting the lives of Utah's children, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Philip Steury/Adobe Stock)
The COVID-19 pandemic is severely disrupting the lives of Utah's children, according to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Philip Steury/Adobe Stock)

PROVO, Utah -- The COVID-19 pandemic and its side-effects - job loss, poverty, hunger and the threat of homelessness - have hit Americans hard in 2020…

North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation for the number of migrant farmworkers employed on agricultural farms. (Adobe Stock)
North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation for the number of migrant farmworkers employed on agricultural farms. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Faith leaders are urging tobacco companies to support migrant workers employed by their contract farms. A group of clergy will meet …

More than 7,000 active DACA recipients currently live in Tennessee, according to the American Immigration Council. DACA has been granted to more than 9,000 people in the state over the past decade. (Adobe Stock)
More than 7,000 active DACA recipients currently live in Tennessee, according to the American Immigration Council. DACA has been granted to more than 9,000 people in the state over the past decade. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The deadline for public comments on proposed rule changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is Nov. 29…

The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Massachusetts runs from Nov. 1 to April 30. (pololia/Adobe Stock)
The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Massachusetts runs from Nov. 1 to April 30. (pololia/Adobe Stock)

GLOUCESTER, Ma. -- As cold weather moves in, agencies are working to make sure Massachusetts residents know how to apply for fuel assistance and …

The Michigan Energy Assistance program can help with paying utility bills and weatherization tips to keep the heat in your home. (weyo/Adobe Stock)
The Michigan Energy Assistance program can help with paying utility bills and weatherization tips to keep the heat in your home. (weyo/Adobe Stock)

DETROIT -- As cold weather moves in, state agencies are working to make sure Michiganders know how to apply for the Michigan Energy Assistance …

The Build Back Better Act focuses on investing in childcare, preschool, paid family leave and maintaining the expanded child tax credit. (Adam Schultz/Biden for President)
The Build Back Better Act focuses on investing in childcare, preschool, paid family leave and maintaining the expanded child tax credit. (Adam Schultz/Biden for President)

By Katie Fleischer for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Lily Böhlke for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

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Paige Bethmann and Ku Stevens speak in between interviews at his house on the Yerington Paiute Reservation in Nevada. (Zack Kiszka)
Paige Bethmann and Ku Stevens speak in between interviews at his house on the Yerington Paiute Reservation in Nevada. (Zack Kiszka)

NEW YORK -- A team of New York-based filmmakers is producing a documentary about reclaiming Indigenous heritage, told through the experiences of an 18…

Across the United States, there are nearly 600 federally recognized Indigenous tribes. (Wikimedia Commons)
Across the United States, there are nearly 600 federally recognized Indigenous tribes. (Wikimedia Commons)

PLYMOUTH, Mass. - While many non-Native Americans sit down with their friends or families for a holiday meal tomorrow, some Indigenous communities in …

Town leaders in Searchlight, Laughlin and Boulder City have declared their support for a new national monument at Spirit Mountain, or Avi Kwa Ame, which lies between Lake Mead and the California border. (Alan O'Neill)
Town leaders in Searchlight, Laughlin and Boulder City have declared their support for a new national monument at Spirit Mountain, or Avi Kwa Ame, which lies between Lake Mead and the California border. (Alan O'Neill)

LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- This week marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving meal, and many Native American tribes are asking other Americans to …

A new report says among responding districts, only 8% of North Dakota schools have LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum. (Adobe Stock)
A new report says among responding districts, only 8% of North Dakota schools have LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- A new report details how North Dakota students who identify as LGBTQ+ often struggle with the environment within their schools…

Only one-third of respondents said they felt that the needs of the LGBTQ community in Connecticut were represented in government programs and other services in the state, according to the survey. (Adobe Stock)
Only one-third of respondents said they felt that the needs of the LGBTQ community in Connecticut were represented in government programs and other services in the state, according to the survey. (Adobe Stock)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Advocates said a first-of-its-kind survey of the health and human-service needs of Connecticut's LGBTQ community, published this …

In a Human Rights Campaign poll, 73% of voters agreed that sports are important to young people's lives, and that transgender youth should be able to participate safely and comfortably. (Adobe Stock)
In a Human Rights Campaign poll, 73% of voters agreed that sports are important to young people's lives, and that transgender youth should be able to participate safely and comfortably. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- It is National Coming Out Day, but many LGBTQ Americans say they still face discrimination in employment, housing, public …

Maine has more than 80 Land Trusts, areas of protected land ranging from farms to wilderness and forests. (Maria Sbytova/Adobe Stock)
Maine has more than 80 Land Trusts, areas of protected land ranging from farms to wilderness and forests. (Maria Sbytova/Adobe Stock)

WALES, Maine -- Land trusts across the Northeast have partnered with poets this year for the first edition of "Writing the Land," an anthology to …

The Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is the neighborhood Land Trust for 23 towns in northern and central Massachusetts. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is the neighborhood Land Trust for 23 towns in northern and central Massachusetts. (Wikimedia Commons)

NORTHFIELD, Ma. -- Land trusts across the Northeast have partnered with poets this year for the first edition of "Writing the Land," an anthology to …

The Texas Main Street Program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. (the.texas.gov)
The Texas Main Street Program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. (the.texas.gov)

HOUSTON -- Many U.S. communities with bustling downtowns were better prepared to weather economic fallout from the pandemic, thanks to a decades-old …

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Unpaid family caregivers take on many common support roles, such as transportation to their love one's appointments, therapies and daily activities. (Adobe Stock)
Unpaid family caregivers take on many common support roles, such as transportation to their love one's appointments, therapies and daily activities. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - November is National Family Caregivers Month, and Wisconsin residents are being reminded about an extra resource they can lean on as …

This year's Andrus Award recipient in Indiana helps with AARP's Driver Safety program. (and.one/Adobe Stock)
This year's Andrus Award recipient in Indiana helps with AARP's Driver Safety program. (and.one/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we enter the holiday season, groups are spotlighting community service and the value it brings for both volunteers and the people …

Community action agencies say weatherization assistance programs provide a local economic benefit, in part because crews are using funds to buy supplies locally to make homes more energy-efficient. (Adobe Stock)
Community action agencies say weatherization assistance programs provide a local economic benefit, in part because crews are using funds to buy supplies locally to make homes more energy-efficient. (Adobe Stock)

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- Home weatherization programs for low-income households have come a long way, but federal funding has not always matched demand…

The Build Back Better Act would fully fund universal pre-kindergarten in states for three years. (Inna/Adobe Stock)
The Build Back Better Act would fully fund universal pre-kindergarten in states for three years. (Inna/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- The Build Back Better Act could provide universal pre-K to states, including those such as Idaho that currently don't fund school …

In the last month, women took unpaid leave from work to care for children at roughly 1.8 times the rate of men, according to Census Bureau data. (shangarey/Adobe Stock)
In the last month, women took unpaid leave from work to care for children at roughly 1.8 times the rate of men, according to Census Bureau data. (shangarey/Adobe Stock)

HOLYOKE, Mass. - With the school year in full swing for Massachusetts K-through-12 students, many parents are seeking early-childhood education and …

A report suggests Idaho lawmakers should commit to ensuring public schools provide age-appropriate sexual-health education. (STOATPHOTO/Adobe Stock)
A report suggests Idaho lawmakers should commit to ensuring public schools provide age-appropriate sexual-health education. (STOATPHOTO/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- A new report investigates facilities that dissuade women from getting abortions. Known as crisis-pregnancy centers, the facilities …

There are 20 crisis pregnancy centers in Montana, compared with six abortion-care clinics. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)
There are 20 crisis pregnancy centers in Montana, compared with six abortion-care clinics. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. -- A new report investigates facilities that dissuade women from getting abortions. Known as crisis-pregnancy centers, the facilities …

Pregnancy tests were the most common services crisis pregnancy centers provided, according to a new report. (puhhha/Adobe Stock)
Pregnancy tests were the most common services crisis pregnancy centers provided, according to a new report. (puhhha/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new report investigates facilities that dissuade women from getting abortions. Known as crisis-pregnancy centers, the facilities …

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More than 6,000 people from Afghanistan are awaiting resettlement at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)
More than 6,000 people from Afghanistan are awaiting resettlement at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Universities in Indiana are working to support Afghan students and scholars; both those still in Afghanistan and those arriving to …

Arkansas' neighboring states of Texas and Oklahoma are expected to take in about 4,500 and 1,800 Afghan families respectively. (Adobe Stock)
Arkansas' neighboring states of Texas and Oklahoma are expected to take in about 4,500 and 1,800 Afghan families respectively. (Adobe Stock)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- More than a month after the sudden fall of Kabul led to tens of thousands of Afghans becoming refugees overnight, groups are …

Catholic Charities Jacksonville expects to see about 150 Afghan refugees settle in their community in the next few months, through the Afghan Parolee Support Program (APS). (Andrew Neel/Pexels)
Catholic Charities Jacksonville expects to see about 150 Afghan refugees settle in their community in the next few months, through the Afghan Parolee Support Program (APS). (Andrew Neel/Pexels)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Organizations providing relief support for Afghan refugees say more people can help by simply taking time to learn about the …

Lobbying firms have enjoyed few limits after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, where the high court confirmed that money was a form of protected speech. (Adobe Stock)
Lobbying firms have enjoyed few limits after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, where the high court confirmed that money was a form of protected speech. (Adobe Stock)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A new Common Cause Nebraska report showed last year, more than $18 million was invested in lobbying efforts in Nebraska. By …

The 2020 election cycle saw more than $1 billion in "dark money" spending at the federal level, according to opensecrets.org. (Adobe Stock)
The 2020 election cycle saw more than $1 billion in "dark money" spending at the federal level, according to opensecrets.org. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the last two months, two polls have found West Virginia voters have concerns about so-called "dark money" in politics…

Accessing health insurance has been a major barrier for small businesses during COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)
Accessing health insurance has been a major barrier for small businesses during COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Consumers, employers, and small business owners in Wyoming and across the U.S. agree that it's time to go big on health care reform…

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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Following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, at least 5.4 million donors gave about $774 million to 32 crisis response and aid groups, according to Charity Navigator. (doi.gov)
Following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, at least 5.4 million donors gave about $774 million to 32 crisis response and aid groups, according to Charity Navigator. (doi.gov)

HOUSTON - When the unexpected winter storm hit Texas in February, foundations, corporations and individual donors stepped up to help communities …

While well intentioned, the philanthropic sector has faced critisim in recent years, including claims of colorblind grantmaking. (Adobe Stock)
While well intentioned, the philanthropic sector has faced critisim in recent years, including claims of colorblind grantmaking. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The world of philanthropy isn't immune from the need to improve workplace culture as society demands greater equity. One Minnesota …

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is the sponsor of a bill to require a congressional declaration of war before the president can authorize a nuclear-weapons launch. (Alice Donovan Rouse/StockSnap)
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is the sponsor of a bill to require a congressional declaration of war before the president can authorize a nuclear-weapons launch. (Alice Donovan Rouse/StockSnap)

BOSTON -- With a United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons now in place, Massachusetts advocates for peace, including Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.…

Retired Navy Lt. (J.G.) Robert Pennoyer served in Japan during and after the surrender in 1945. (Robert Pennoyer)
Retired Navy Lt. (J.G.) Robert Pennoyer served in Japan during and after the surrender in 1945. (Robert Pennoyer)

BOSTON -- Seventy-five years ago this Saturday, Imperial Japan announced its surrender, ending World War II. Now, an American survivor of Iwo Jima …

 

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