Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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Maryland Democrats push for an early primary election date in 2024, LGBTQ+ advocates endorse New Mexico primary candidates, and Ms. magazine relaunches its 1972 "We Have Had Abortions" petition.

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President Biden says the U.S. would aid Taiwan if China invades, Ukraine's president addresses the World Economic Forum, and the Supreme Court weakens a path for incarcerated people to challenge their convictions.

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From off-Broadway to West Virginia: the stories of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, baby formula is on its way back to grocery shelves, and federal funds will combat consolidation in meatpacking.

In 2020, Connecticut had 219 firearm deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
In 2020, Connecticut had 219 firearm deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

With firearm deaths in Connecticut and across the country on the rise, a new initiative in Hartford aims to interrupt gun violence through a …

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion if the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case Roe v. Wade is overturned. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion if the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case Roe v. Wade is overturned. (Adobe Stock)

Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut lawmakers held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday for a new law protecting doctors who provide and patients who seek …

Maine's Climate Action Plan cites supply disruptions during the pandemic as a wake-up call to improve the state's local food systems. (Adobe Stock)
Maine's Climate Action Plan cites supply disruptions during the pandemic as a wake-up call to improve the state's local food systems. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, May 23, 2022
Maine is seeking proposals for a grant opportunity to support local food producers and production and assist low-income residents in accessing local f…

679 people who were counted in the 2022 Point in Time survey are chronically homeless. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)
679 people who were counted in the 2022 Point in Time survey are chronically homeless. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

Data from Maine's annual Point in Time homelessness survey has been released, showing 4,411 individuals were experiencing homelessness on Jan…

Arctic terns have one of the longest annual migration patterns of any species on the planet, traveling from the Arctic to the Antarctic circles and back, nearly 19,000 miles. (rabbitti/Adobe Stock)
Arctic terns have one of the longest annual migration patterns of any species on the planet, traveling from the Arctic to the Antarctic circles and back, nearly 19,000 miles. (rabbitti/Adobe Stock)

Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day, and bird experts said it is a great time to be on the lookout for types of birds you may not see every day in …

The number of Maryland residents who identify as white has decreased to less than half the state's population, according to 2020 Census data. (Adobe Stock)
The number of Maryland residents who identify as white has decreased to less than half the state's population, according to 2020 Census data. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The Maryland Democratic Party is asking for the state to be considered for an early primary for the 2024 presidential election. The party submitted a …

"Justice for Freddie", photograph by Arturo Holmes, May 1, 2015. (Maryland Center for<br />History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Preserve the Baltimore Uprising)
"Justice for Freddie", photograph by Arturo Holmes, May 1, 2015. (Maryland Center for
History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Preserve the Baltimore Uprising)

A new museum exhibition in Baltimore opening to the public today aims to tell the story of Maryland's fight for civil rights, both in the past and …

Urban heat islands are areas that can be up to 20 degrees hotter than nearby neighborhoods due to factors like buildings, pavement, and lack of tree cover that can amplify high temperatures. (Adobe Stock)
Urban heat islands are areas that can be up to 20 degrees hotter than nearby neighborhoods due to factors like buildings, pavement, and lack of tree cover that can amplify high temperatures. (Adobe Stock)

Maryland's most populous county is embarking on an urban heat-mapping project to better understand neighborhood heat inequities, which can affect …

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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a rule classifying "buy-build-shoot" kits as "firearms" under the Gun Control Act. (Herr Loeffler/Adobe Stock)
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a rule classifying "buy-build-shoot" kits as "firearms" under the Gun Control Act. (Herr Loeffler/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Groups advocating for gun safety are raising awareness about the issue of ghost guns in Massachusetts. Ghost guns are untraceable firearms with no …

Around 40% of young people who've experienced care will experience homelessness. (Brian/Adobe Stock)
Around 40% of young people who've experienced care will experience homelessness. (Brian/Adobe Stock)

May is National Foster Care Month, and groups that serve foster youths and families say improvements are needed for outcomes and to reduce …

Sheriffs in Massachusetts are responsible for more than half the state's incarcerated population. (Mark Sardella/Flickr)
Sheriffs in Massachusetts are responsible for more than half the state's incarcerated population. (Mark Sardella/Flickr)

Fewer than one in five Bay State voters can correctly name their local sheriff, according to a recent survey. To fill that knowledge gap, the …

Experts from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimate up to 15 million people could lose Medicaid coverage when states review eligibility once the public health emergency ends. (Adobe Stock)
Experts from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimate up to 15 million people could lose Medicaid coverage when states review eligibility once the public health emergency ends. (Adobe Stock)

A new report urges states to take steps to minimize Medicaid coverage loss when the state of emergency for the pandemic comes to an end. COVID …

<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 bill before the New Hampshire General Court would require parental notification if students see a school counselor. (Adobe Stock)
A bill before the New Hampshire General Court would require parental notification if students see a school counselor. (Adobe Stock)

The New Hampshire Senate is holding a floor vote today on a bill they are calling the "parental bill of rights" but which advocates for LGBTQ+ young p…

Kids in 10th and 12th grades in New York City shelters had attendance rates below 70%, meaning they missed the equivalent of more than a week of school in a single month (Oct. 2021), according to a new policy brief. (Adobe Stock)
Kids in 10th and 12th grades in New York City shelters had attendance rates below 70%, meaning they missed the equivalent of more than a week of school in a single month (Oct. 2021), according to a new policy brief. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
New York City students in insecure housing situations continue to have alarmingly low school attendance rates, heightened by the pandemic. Youth …

Gov. Kathy Hochul's budget includes funds for the electrification of an additional 50,000 homes as part of the state's plan to electrify 1 million homes and make another 1 million electrification-ready by 2030. (Adobe Stock)
Gov. Kathy Hochul's budget includes funds for the electrification of an additional 50,000 homes as part of the state's plan to electrify 1 million homes and make another 1 million electrification-ready by 2030. (Adobe Stock)

New York elected officials are calling on the General Assembly to pass legislation to transition new buildings off fossil fuels, saying it would make …

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An Ohio River Valley Institute brief found retrofitting the nation's coal- and gas-fired power plants for carbon capture and sequestration would add approximately $100 billion per year to Americans' electric bills, an increase of 25%. (Adobe Stock)
An Ohio River Valley Institute brief found retrofitting the nation's coal- and gas-fired power plants for carbon capture and sequestration would add approximately $100 billion per year to Americans' electric bills, an increase of 25%. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, May 23, 2022
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania is moving forward with plans for industrial-sector decarbonization, with a proposal to the federal government …

Philadelphia lawmakers present a check for $1 million to Tracy Wood, executive director of Black Doctors Consortium. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Philadelphia lawmakers present a check for $1 million to Tracy Wood, executive director of Black Doctors Consortium. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)

The gaps in the U.S. health care system were exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with racial health inequities laid bare. On Monday, Philadelphia …

Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed Pennsylvania Opportunity Program is meant to help families still recovering economically from the pandemic or the increasing costs of living. (Commonwealth Media Services)
Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed Pennsylvania Opportunity Program is meant to help families still recovering economically from the pandemic or the increasing costs of living. (Commonwealth Media Services)

Gov. Tom Wolf, lawmakers and community leaders are calling on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would send checks of up to $2,000 to …

 

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