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UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

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Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.


According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five of the young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 25, 2023

AL sees fewer kids incarcerated; their advocates say more could be done

The number of children locked behind bars in Alabama has declined, but their advocates said more needs to be done to create alternatives to …

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According to the EPA, tropical storms and hurricanes have become more intense during the past 20 years.(Adobe Stock)
Alabama group helps communities bounce back from severe storms

In rural Alabama, where hurricanes and tornadoes are a constant threat, communities often struggle with damage and limited resources for extended …

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Almost half of Alabama residents in the coverage gap are people of color, which advocates said stems from institutional racism and oppression, and 60% live below the poverty line. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Experts: Medicaid expansion vital for Alabama's health, economy

In recent years, Alabama has faced a critical need for Medicaid expansion due to ongoing struggles with the state's health care system. …

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In 2019, Black youths were 4.4 times as likely to be incarcerated in the juvenile-justice system<br />as were their white peers. (Christian Colista/Adobe Stock)
Report Explores Ways to End Mass Incarceration in AL

After 50 years of mass incarceration, the U.S. prison population has grown nearly 500% and now advocates are calling for its end in Alabama and …

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The court-ordered map of Alabama voting districts will have specific mandates for data, configuration and other components, to remedy violations of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. (Adobe Stock)
Grassroots Advocates Hopeful in Fight for Fair AL Congressional Maps

Grassroots voting rights groups in Alabama said they are delighted by a federal court decision to discard the state's proposed congressional maps for …

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More than 22 states have imposed bans or restrictions on abortion, with Idaho enacting a law prohibiting the transport of minors across state lines for abortion care. (Adobe Stock)
Lawsuit Challenges AL Threats to Criminalize Out-of-State Abortion Aid

A lawsuit has been filed against the Alabama Attorney General over what plaintiffs call "threats to criminalize" those who aid individuals who go out-…

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According to the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, the poverty rate for early-childhood educators in Alabama is 17.2%, much higher than for Alabama workers in general, at 11.3%. (Adobe Stock)
Deadline Here for Alabama DHR Childcare Grants

Today is the last day for licensed child care providers in Alabama to apply for Child Care Workforce Stabilization grants from the state. Child care …

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Wildfire smoke is not only a mixture of hazardous air pollutants, but these fires also release large quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. (Adobe Stock)
Study: Wildfires Amplify Health Risks, Costs for AL

People from Alabama and north along the East Coast are still coping with poor air quality this summer because of wildfires many miles away in Canada…

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To address the skilled worker shortage at the state level, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey created a goal of having 500,000 credentialed workers in the state's workforce by 2025. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates Aim To Advance Education, Workforce Development in Alabama

As campuses around Alabama prepare to welcome students back, education advocates are exploring ways to increase the number of highly skilled workers …

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More than one in 13 student loan borrowers are currently behind on their other payment obligations. (Adobe Stock)
Expert Shares Steps to Prep for Resuming Federal Student Loan Payments

With summer coming to an end, kids are headed back to school, but for college graduates, it also means resuming payments on their federal student …

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According to West Alabama Works, of the available jobs on the Building Hope Alabama portal, all are open to hiring anyone who has been charged or convicted of a crime. Compensation for the jobs ranges from $9 to $30 per hour. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
New AL Job Portal Helps Reduce Recidivism and Worker Shortage

Alabama releases about 13,000 people from jail or prison every year, and they're expected to reintegrate into communities by sustaining employment…

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Disposable vapes are encased in plastic shells which never fully degrade. (Adobe Stock)
Report Calls for Ending Disposable Vape Sales in AL

Disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in Alabama and across the country, according to a new report. The U.S. Public Interest …

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