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New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

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The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

About 31% of Idahoans have earned a bachelor's or associate degree. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)
About 31% of Idahoans have earned a bachelor's or associate degree. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Idaho and the rest of the country are making progress getting higher education to more people. A new report from Lumina Foundation finds nearly 54% …

More than half of all public schools in the U.S. reported being understaffed at the start of the 2022-23 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. (Adobe Stock)
More than half of all public schools in the U.S. reported being understaffed at the start of the 2022-23 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Schools across North Carolina report grappling with severe staff shortages. Districts began the year down more than 4,000 teachers, according to data …

For the 2021-2022 school year, Communities in Schools served 75,697 K-12 students in the state of Nevada. (Adobe Stock)
For the 2021-2022 school year, Communities in Schools served 75,697 K-12 students in the state of Nevada. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, January 30, 2023
A Nevada nonprofit is celebrating a 94% graduation rate among its high school seniors for the 2021-2022 school year. Tami Hance-Lehr. CEO and state …

A survey found 62% of Nevadans surveyed had to skip a meal or cut portions during the past year. (Adobe Stock)
A survey found 62% of Nevadans surveyed had to skip a meal or cut portions during the past year. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
A recent survey offers insight into the challenges with hunger many Nevada families are facing on a daily basis. The "Feeding Our Community" survey …

A three-pound sockeye salmon filet is now one of the options in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations for the Lummi Nation. (O'Kelly Photography/Adobe Stock)
A three-pound sockeye salmon filet is now one of the options in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations for the Lummi Nation. (O'Kelly Photography/Adobe Stock)

Monday, January 30, 2023
Under a new project, locally sourced food is part of a food assistance program for members of the Lummi Tribe in northwest Washington. The Food …

The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank distributes fresh produce in the rural area in the mountains near San Diego. (Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank)
The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank distributes fresh produce in the rural area in the mountains near San Diego. (Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank)

San Diego may seem like a wealthy area, but the mountain communities in the eastern part of the county still struggle with hunger and poverty. Now…

A bill before the New Mexico Legislature would add gender to the list of protected classes in the state Human Rights Act enacted in 1969. (Dmitry/AdobeStock)
A bill before the New Mexico Legislature would add gender to the list of protected classes in the state Human Rights Act enacted in 1969. (Dmitry/AdobeStock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Legislation to close a loophole that potentially allows discrimination against LGBTQ New Mexicans will be debated by the State Legislature this sessio…

One of Sen. Anthony Kern's bills also sets more specific zoning requirements where drag shows can take place. (Adobe Stock)
One of Sen. Anthony Kern's bills also sets more specific zoning requirements where drag shows can take place. (Adobe Stock)

Two Republican Arizona state senators have kicked off the new legislative session wanting to limit and restrict drag shows. State Sen. Anthony Kern…

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Public schools have been caught up in "culture wars" in recent months, but a new poll suggests voters want policymakers to focus instead on providing more financial support for public education. (Adobe Stock)
Public schools have been caught up in "culture wars" in recent months, but a new poll suggests voters want policymakers to focus instead on providing more financial support for public education. (Adobe Stock)

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …

Gov. Greg Gianforte gave his second State of the State address Wednesday. (Montana Public Affairs Network)
Gov. Greg Gianforte gave his second State of the State address Wednesday. (Montana Public Affairs Network)

Gov. Greg Gianforte delivered his State of the State address to the Montana Legislature Wednesday night, discussing his plans for the state's hefty …

Master Gardeners Nate Picken and Frank Amaro along with Pembroke Mayor Judy Peterson help Avery Grace select trees to be planted at Pembroke School. (Photo courtesy Toni Riley)
Master Gardeners Nate Picken and Frank Amaro along with Pembroke Mayor Judy Peterson help Avery Grace select trees to be planted at Pembroke School. (Photo courtesy Toni Riley)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
By Toni Riley for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection for the Public News Service/Daily Yonder Collabora…

AmeriCorps says in its latest report, Minnesotans logged 108 million hours of formal volunteer service. (Adobe Stock)
AmeriCorps says in its latest report, Minnesotans logged 108 million hours of formal volunteer service. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, January 30, 2023
New data on volunteering in the U.S. carries good news for Minnesota. Every other year, the independent government agency AmeriCorps works with the …

South Dakotans logged nearly 14 million hours of formal volunteer service, according to AmeriCorps in its latest report. (Adobe Stock)
South Dakotans logged nearly 14 million hours of formal volunteer service, according to AmeriCorps in its latest report. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, January 30, 2023
New data about volunteering in the U.S. is good news for South Dakota. Every other year, the independent government agency AmeriCorps works with the …

Around 44 million American families are carrying approximately $1.7 trillion in student debt. (Burlingham/Adobestock)
Around 44 million American families are carrying approximately $1.7 trillion in student debt. (Burlingham/Adobestock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Millions of Americans with student loans are anxious to hear if the Supreme Court will uphold President Joe Biden's plan to offer up to $20,000 in stu…

More than 1.2 million Iowans voted in the November 2022 General Election, the second-highest turnout in state history for a midterm, according to the Iowa Secretary of State's office. (Adobe Stock)
More than 1.2 million Iowans voted in the November 2022 General Election, the second-highest turnout in state history for a midterm, according to the Iowa Secretary of State's office. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Critics of a proposal in the Iowa Legislature to broaden the Iowa Attorney General's authority say it could inject politics into the historically nonp…

In 2021, U.S. supermarket and grocery stores made more than $800 billion in profits, more than double the amount generated two decades ago, according to Statista. (Adobe Stock)<br />
In 2021, U.S. supermarket and grocery stores made more than $800 billion in profits, more than double the amount generated two decades ago, according to Statista. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Kentucky food banks say the proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons, currently under review by the Federal Trade Commission, could trigger an …

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A new analysis by the The Marshall Project-Cleveland and Eye on Ohio finds Cleveland police officers don't always follow department guidelines or training when interacting with children in crisis. (Tara Anand for The Marshall Project)<br />
A new analysis by the The Marshall Project-Cleveland and Eye on Ohio finds Cleveland police officers don't always follow department guidelines or training when interacting with children in crisis. (Tara Anand for The Marshall Project)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
By Cid Standifer for Eye on Ohio.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection Collaboration reporting for the Ohio Center for Investig…

Supporters behind Wisconsin's ballot question on bail reform say there are too many people awaiting trial with lengthy criminal records, but opponents say passing the constitutional amendment would exacerbate inequities. (Adobe Stock)
Supporters behind Wisconsin's ballot question on bail reform say there are too many people awaiting trial with lengthy criminal records, but opponents say passing the constitutional amendment would exacerbate inequities. (Adobe Stock)

In the coming months, Wisconsin residents will hear plenty of arguments before they vote on a constitutional amendment to change state policy on cash …

One recommendation made to improve the Virginia Parole Board is to have parole officers take a more active role in discharge procedures.  (Adobe Stock)
One recommendation made to improve the Virginia Parole Board is to have parole officers take a more active role in discharge procedures. (Adobe Stock)

The Virginia Parole Board has issued a report that outlines its past problems and the steps it could take to rebuild public trust. The work began in 2…

Nearly half of all Hispanic-Americans live in counties that frequently violate ground-level ozone standards. (Adobe Stock)
Nearly half of all Hispanic-Americans live in counties that frequently violate ground-level ozone standards. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
The public has until February 13th to weigh in on new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce methane pollution at oil and gas…

House Bill 241 would prohibit a public employer from compensating a public employee for union activities. (Adobe Stock)
House Bill 241 would prohibit a public employer from compensating a public employee for union activities. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill which could impose stricter restrictions and regulations for public employees. Passage of House Bill 241…

A national report says only 48% of prime-age workers in rural communities are protected through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act because rural businesses are more likely to be small and fall outside the FMLA's coverage. (Adobe Stock)
A national report says only 48% of prime-age workers in rural communities are protected through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act because rural businesses are more likely to be small and fall outside the FMLA's coverage. (Adobe Stock)

Researchers have said rural communities face a host of unique challenges, and access to paid leave is one of them. Advocates hope the needs of rural …

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According to the Pew Research Center, adults in all age groups, except those younger than 30, are far more likely to trust information from national and local news outlets than from social media. (Farknot Architect/Adobe Stock)
According to the Pew Research Center, adults in all age groups, except those younger than 30, are far more likely to trust information from national and local news outlets than from social media. (Farknot Architect/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Americans continue to have little faith in the mainstream news media, with many people under the age of 30 saying they trust information from social …

According to the News Literacy Project, Americans felt the most trust in news in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal reporting, during Richard Nixon's presidency in the 1970s. (Adobe Stock)
According to the News Literacy Project, Americans felt the most trust in news in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal reporting, during Richard Nixon's presidency in the 1970s. (Adobe Stock)

As National News Literacy Week comes to an end, one Nevada journalism professor says media professionals need to make building trust with their …

According to the Pew Research Center, adults in all age groups, except those younger than 30, are far more likely to trust information from national and local news outlets than from social media. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Pew Research Center, adults in all age groups, except those younger than 30, are far more likely to trust information from national and local news outlets than from social media. (Adobe Stock)

Americans continue to report low trust in mainstream media, with many younger than 30 saying they trust information from social media nearly as much …

Much of the town of Phoenix, Oregon. was destroyed in the 2020 wildfire season. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Wikimedia Commons)
Much of the town of Phoenix, Oregon. was destroyed in the 2020 wildfire season. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Southern Oregon continues to recover from the fires of 2020 and grants are helping residents in the region. The Almeda Fire in Jackson County …

The City of College Place, Wash., received a grant to improve wireless internet connection in the community. (City of College Place)
The City of College Place, Wash., received a grant to improve wireless internet connection in the community. (City of College Place)

Monday, January 30, 2023
A grant program to improve communities is open for applications. Started in 2017, the AARP Community Challenge program provides grants to …

In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)
In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)

In her fifth State of the State address this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized policies designed to put more money in Michiganders' pockets…

AARP Nebraska Community Challenge grant winners have used the funding to enhance trails in several communities across the state. (Madeline Cass/AARP Nebraska) <br /><br /> <br /><br />
AARP Nebraska Community Challenge grant winners have used the funding to enhance trails in several communities across the state. (Madeline Cass/AARP Nebraska)



Monday, January 30, 2023
Nebraska nonprofits and government entities are encouraged to apply for the 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants. They are part of the …

In 2020, 83% of Arkansans reported being registered to vote. That's lower than the national average of just over 87%, according to the MIT Elections Performance Index. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)
In 2020, 83% of Arkansans reported being registered to vote. That's lower than the national average of just over 87%, according to the MIT Elections Performance Index. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…

According to the research, about 23%, or 60.7 million people, formally volunteered with organizations between September 2020 and 2021. (Adobe Stock)
According to the research, about 23%, or 60.7 million people, formally volunteered with organizations between September 2020 and 2021. (Adobe Stock)

According to AmeriCorps' latest research, Utah was the state with the highest number of residents volunteering with nonprofits in their communities …

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Since the 2020 election, GOP-led states have enacted 102 new election penalties, according to an analysis by States Newsroom and the Voting Rights Lab. (niyazz/AdobeStock)
Since the 2020 election, GOP-led states have enacted 102 new election penalties, according to an analysis by States Newsroom and the Voting Rights Lab. (niyazz/AdobeStock)

By nearly every measure, voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare, but that isn't stopping the Texas Legislature from considering dozens of bills this …

Last fall, the American Library Association said the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries was on track to exceed record counts from 2021. (Adobe Stock)
Last fall, the American Library Association said the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries was on track to exceed record counts from 2021. (Adobe Stock)

North Dakota is expected to see continued debate in the coming weeks over a plan to ban certain items from public libraries. While the plan has its …

"Just Safe" is a new public education campaign with a goal of changing public conversations about crime in California. (Californians for Justice and Safety)
"Just Safe" is a new public education campaign with a goal of changing public conversations about crime in California. (Californians for Justice and Safety)

Monday, January 30, 2023
Social justice advocates have just launched a new public education campaign. It's called "Just Safe," and it's aimed at changing the conversation …

Since 2020, the income of high-net-worth individuals has increased by $2.7 billion per day, while more than 1.7 billion working people have seen their wages decline, according to Oxfam. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)
Since 2020, the income of high-net-worth individuals has increased by $2.7 billion per day, while more than 1.7 billion working people have seen their wages decline, according to Oxfam. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

The world's richest 1% took home almost twice as much wealth as the bottom 99 % combined during the pandemic, according to a new Oxfam International …

New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)
New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)

Many of California's 13.5 million children and teens have not bounced back after the pandemic, especially children of color, according to the just-…

Studies show a variety of dental conditions such as untreated decay and tooth loss can cause a profound impact on self-esteem in adolescents. (pixabay)
Studies show a variety of dental conditions such as untreated decay and tooth loss can cause a profound impact on self-esteem in adolescents. (pixabay)

Dental hygienists are trying to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene, noting dental pain is one of the most common reasons for school …

Experts say school-based grief groups are a good way for grieving students to learn coping skills. (Adobe Stock)
Experts say school-based grief groups are a good way for grieving students to learn coping skills. (Adobe Stock)

Knowing how to approach the grief of others can be difficult, although things can get more complicated when addressing the grief of students in …

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CDC research shows that proper gun storage could help prevent an estimated 26,000 firearm-related suicides that occur annually in the United States. (vectorass/Adobe Stock)
CDC research shows that proper gun storage could help prevent an estimated 26,000 firearm-related suicides that occur annually in the United States. (vectorass/Adobe Stock)

Advocates of gun-law reform face an uphill battle to push their ideas through the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly, but say public …

In 2022, there were almost 4.5 million gun background checks in Illinois, the highest rate among the 50 states, according to FBI background check data. (megaflopp/Adobe Stock)
In 2022, there were almost 4.5 million gun background checks in Illinois, the highest rate among the 50 states, according to FBI background check data. (megaflopp/Adobe Stock)

Illinois has become the ninth state to approve a statewide ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. On Tuesday, the Protect …

If approved, the gunshot-detecting technology to assist Portland police would be set up in five city neighborhoods. (MISHELLA/Adobe Stock)
If approved, the gunshot-detecting technology to assist Portland police would be set up in five city neighborhoods. (MISHELLA/Adobe Stock)

Community members continue to voice concerns about gunshot-detecting technology being considered in Portland. At a recent Inter-Faith Peace and …

Housing and rental prices have skyrocketed out of many people's reach during the pandemic. (Aisyaqilumar/Adobe Stock)
Housing and rental prices have skyrocketed out of many people's reach during the pandemic. (Aisyaqilumar/Adobe Stock)

Native Americans in Montana face a slew of challenges to finding housing off reservations - including discrimination. A tight housing market in the …

According to the <a href="https://evictionlab.org/eviction-tracking/virginia/" target="_blank">Eviction Lab</a>, 838 evictions were filed in Virginia during the first week of 2023. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Eviction Lab, 838 evictions were filed in Virginia during the first week of 2023. (Adobe Stock)

About $3-million has been awarded to Virginia groups helping people facing evictions. The Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot Program is designed to …

A bill in the Washington Legislature would lift cities' restrictions on multifamily housing like triplexes, seen above. (Imagenet/Adobe Stock)
A bill in the Washington Legislature would lift cities' restrictions on multifamily housing like triplexes, seen above. (Imagenet/Adobe Stock)

Washingtonians are being squeezed out of the housing market, and some state lawmakers want to see significant changes to cities' zoning laws to …

A program in Colorado gives undocumented workers who are laid off access to unemployment benefits for up to 13 weeks. (Mr Doomits/Adobe Stock)
A program in Colorado gives undocumented workers who are laid off access to unemployment benefits for up to 13 weeks. (Mr Doomits/Adobe Stock)

Undocumented workers in Washington state do not have access to unemployment insurance, but some state lawmakers aim to change it this session…

According to a report from the Rand Corporation, almost 60% of Connecticut's 113,000 undocumented immigrants lack access to health insurance. (Adobe Stock)
According to a report from the Rand Corporation, almost 60% of Connecticut's 113,000 undocumented immigrants lack access to health insurance. (Adobe Stock)

Connecticut lawmakers are being asked to expand HUSKY - the state's Medicaid program - to include immigrants, regardless of their status. Two years …

<a href="https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/election-results-and-data/2022-official-election-results/" target="_blank">Midterm voter turnout</a> declined in Ohio from around 55% in 2018 to around 51.1% in 2022, according to data from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office. (Adobe Stock)
Midterm voter turnout declined in Ohio from around 55% in 2018 to around 51.1% in 2022, according to data from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office. (Adobe Stock)

In a few months, Ohio voters will no longer be allowed to vote with utility bills or other non-photo documents as proof of identification, when a new …

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Nearly one in five new mothers participating in Wyoming's Medicaid Pregnant Women Program lose their health insurance 60 days after giving birth. (Adobe Stock)
Nearly one in five new mothers participating in Wyoming's Medicaid Pregnant Women Program lose their health insurance 60 days after giving birth. (Adobe Stock)

New mothers in Wyoming enrolled in the Medicaid Pregnant Women Program lose their health insurance 60 days after giving birth, but a new bill making …

In the fall of 2020, among four-year universities and community colleges nationwide, male freshmen enrollment declined 1.3%, while female freshmen enrollment fell 3.2%. (Adobe Stock)
In the fall of 2020, among four-year universities and community colleges nationwide, male freshmen enrollment declined 1.3%, while female freshmen enrollment fell 3.2%. (Adobe Stock)

Wyoming has managed to buck a national trend which has seen female students opting out of college at more than twice the rate of males since 2020…

The mortality rate among Black infants in Minnesota is nearly twice the rate for white infants. (Adobe Stock)
The mortality rate among Black infants in Minnesota is nearly twice the rate for white infants. (Adobe Stock)

Minnesota lawmakers are back at work for a new legislative session, and changes approved last year are now being implemented, including efforts to …

As part of the National Day of Racial Healing, a 14-part digital series debuts. Produced by NBC News and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, <a href="https://healourcommunities.org/watch/" target="_blank">"Changing the Narrative"</a>explores advancing racial equity though racial healing. (Adobe Stock)
As part of the National Day of Racial Healing, a 14-part digital series debuts. Produced by NBC News and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, "Changing the Narrative"explores advancing racial equity though racial healing. (Adobe Stock)

Today is National Day of Racial Healing, which aims to encourage more dialogue about race and racism. Events commemorating the day in New York …

Resolutions that focus on helping others can help people be less materialistic. (ricka_kinamoto/Adobe Stock)
Resolutions that focus on helping others can help people be less materialistic. (ricka_kinamoto/Adobe Stock)

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions, offering people a chance to assess their own values and priorities. Some might wish to cut …

The name Shelterwood is intended to reference the larger trees sheltering the rest of the forest, and the collective providing a safe place for the BIPOC and queer communities. (Shelterwood)
The name Shelterwood is intended to reference the larger trees sheltering the rest of the forest, and the collective providing a safe place for the BIPOC and queer communities. (Shelterwood)

By Michaela Haas for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

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A Poor People's Campaign report examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic found the 300+ counties with the highest death rates have a poverty rate of 45%, which is 1.5 times higher than in counties with lower death rates. (PPC)
A Poor People's Campaign report examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic found the 300+ counties with the highest death rates have a poverty rate of 45%, which is 1.5 times higher than in counties with lower death rates. (PPC)

Advocates for low-income workers in the Commonwealth said today is a reminder of the need to continue to advance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream …

The median net worth for white households in the Greater Boston area is $247,500, but for Black households it is just $8, according to a 2015 Federal Reserve study. (Adobe Stock)
The median net worth for white households in the Greater Boston area is $247,500, but for Black households it is just $8, according to a 2015 Federal Reserve study. (Adobe Stock)

Advocates for low-income families in the Commonwealth said data showed direct cash payments to families helped bring childhood poverty to a record low…

The average value of home weatherization installation, including appliance replacement, attic insulation and more, is over $4,000, according to National Grid. (Adobe Stock)
The average value of home weatherization installation, including appliance replacement, attic insulation and more, is over $4,000, according to National Grid. (Adobe Stock)

Community service agencies say many low- and moderate-income homes in the Commonwealth are unprepared for the winter cold and could benefit from a num…

<a href="https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-cyber-bullying#fn11" target="_blank">Four out of five</a> students (81%) say they would be more likely to intervene in instances of cyberbullying if they could do it anonymously. (Adobe Stock)
Four out of five students (81%) say they would be more likely to intervene in instances of cyberbullying if they could do it anonymously. (Adobe Stock)

It can be challenging for parents and caregivers to shield their children from bigotry and hatred online. In Iowa, the numbers are startling…

Children are feeling the effects of an increase in online harassment. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)
Children are feeling the effects of an increase in online harassment. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

It can be challenging for parents and caregivers to shield their children from bigotry and hatred online, but there are a few tips they can follow…

Online harassment has effects on the mental health of targets of the abuse. (ryanking999/Adobe Stock)
Online harassment has effects on the mental health of targets of the abuse. (ryanking999/Adobe Stock)

It can be challenging for parents and caregivers to shield their children from bigotry and hatred online, but there are a few tips they can follow…

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With road access cut off, certain Native American tribes in South Dakota were forced to try to survive the recent blizzard with dwindling access to food, water, medicine and firewood. (Adobe Stock)
With road access cut off, certain Native American tribes in South Dakota were forced to try to survive the recent blizzard with dwindling access to food, water, medicine and firewood. (Adobe Stock)

Conditions may have improved, but Native American tribes in South Dakota say they're still reeling from the recent blizzard that left many stranded …

In 2019, Ty'Lesha Yellowhair worked with the town of Gilbert as its Native American management intern, as part of its Family Violence Unit. (Photo courtesy of Yellowhair)
In 2019, Ty'Lesha Yellowhair worked with the town of Gilbert as its Native American management intern, as part of its Family Violence Unit. (Photo courtesy of Yellowhair)

Arizona tribal communities face inequalities every day, but a recent Arizona State University graduate said she wants to shape public policy to help …

The Maryland Family Network says parents should ask providers about their teaching philosophies when researching child care.<br />(Adobe Stock)
The Maryland Family Network says parents should ask providers about their teaching philosophies when researching child care.
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New research shows kids in child care aren't more likely to exhibit behavior problems than other children. The study, published in the journal …

There are five types of childcare facilities licensed in Nebraska, although people can care for up to three children in a home setting without being licensed by DHHS. (Adobe Stock)
There are five types of childcare facilities licensed in Nebraska, although people can care for up to three children in a home setting without being licensed by DHHS. (Adobe Stock)

As a way to reward those who have stayed in the child care field, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is offering $66 million in …

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 …

This year, consumer prices jumped to their highest level in 40 years, putting extra strain on families who are faced with higher medical bills. (Adobe Stock)
This year, consumer prices jumped to their highest level in 40 years, putting extra strain on families who are faced with higher medical bills. (Adobe Stock)

As Americans make end-of-year donations to their favorite causes, those that help children with cancer and their families say these households need …

Two-thirds of U.S. households that give to a charitable organization donate an average of 4% of their income. (RawPixel.com/AdobeStock)<br />
Two-thirds of U.S. households that give to a charitable organization donate an average of 4% of their income. (RawPixel.com/AdobeStock)

Economic uncertainly created by the pandemic did not stop Americans from boosting charitable donations to record numbers in 2020 and overall giving in…

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…

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A number of arts programs for seniors involve painting on canvas. But community outreach leaders say something even simpler, such as doodling on a notepad, can help an older adult exercise the creative parts of their brain. (Adobe Stock)
A number of arts programs for seniors involve painting on canvas. But community outreach leaders say something even simpler, such as doodling on a notepad, can help an older adult exercise the creative parts of their brain. (Adobe Stock)

Winter is here, leaving many older South Dakotans vulnerable to social isolation. But a growing body of research, as well as opportunities, shows …

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 …

Since February 2020, more than 88,000 child-care jobs have been lost nationally. (Adobe Stock)
Since February 2020, more than 88,000 child-care jobs have been lost nationally. (Adobe Stock)

United Way of Connecticut is launching a network hub for family child care providers. The new hub, created in partnership with the Connecticut Office …

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…

According to OpenSecrets, the 2021 Georgia contests that decided party control of the Senate were the top two most expensive congressional elections in the country. (Pixabay)
According to OpenSecrets, the 2021 Georgia contests that decided party control of the Senate were the top two most expensive congressional elections in the country. (Pixabay)

Control of the U.S. Senate could once again be decided in Georgia as a tight race between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican …

One in five Ohioans surveyed said threats to democracy are a top concern before the 2022 midterms.(Adobe Stock)
One in five Ohioans surveyed said threats to democracy are a top concern before the 2022 midterms.(Adobe Stock)

Instances of voter fraud are few and far between, but Ohio election officials want to ensure voters have confidence in the integrity of the system…

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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 …

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 …

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