Saturday, September 24, 2022

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

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

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

Arkansas

For schools, Arkansas Peace Week includes lesson plans with such topics as

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Community Groups Promote Peace in the Natural State

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

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Group Develops Ways to Combat Rural Child Hunger

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


In Arkansas, election officials will request that voters provide an approved form of ID. (Annap/AdobeStock)

Monday, September 19, 2022

Arkansans Urged to Register on National Voter Registration Day

Ahead of the general election on November 8, there's an urgent push for voter registration in Arkansas. In 2020, 83% of Arkansas citizens reported …

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, So chances are you or someone you know has been affected. (Arisha Ray Singh/Adobe Stock)
Suicide Prevention Month an Opportunity to Address Stigma

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to shed light on a what has been a highly taboo and stigmatized topic. The Centers for …


People facing hunger in Arkansas would need additional income of more than $200 million in order to actually meet their food needs, according to the nonprofit Feeding America. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)
AR Group Reduces Food Waste to Provide Hunger Relief

September is National Hunger Action Month, and groups across Arkansas are part of a nationwide push to get more people involved with reducing food …

A Caring.com survey finds since the pandemic began, the number of 18-to-34-year-olds with estate planning documents has increased by 50%. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)
Where There's a Will, There's a Way to Protect Loved Ones, Assets

August is National Make-a-Will Month, a reminder for people to get their affairs in order to avoid unintentionally burdening their families when they …


22% of Arkansans live in poverty, compared with the national average of 17%. (Presha Photography/Adobe Stock)
Report: AR Child Poverty Rate Improves, But Remains High

Arkansas ranks in the bottom ten of states in a new report on child well-being across the nation. The annual KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E…

Arkansas' CHIP program is called ARKids First. There's no charge for children's participation in ARKids-A. For ARKids-B, there are copayments required for some services. (Anatta_Tan Adobe/Stock)
'ARKids First' Coverage Helps Arkansas Children Thrive

A program that ensures that thousands of Arkansas children have health coverage turns 25 this week. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) …


In April 2021, the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and<br />Secondary launched an Academy to Address Critical Teacher Shortages in Special Education. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)<br />
Arkansas Teachers Spend Their Summer Asking for Pay Raises

When the new school year starts mid-August, many Arkansas teachers will have spent the summer in a frustrating bid to convince legislators they …

The government is allowing all federal loan repayments to count toward PSLF requirements, regardless of the payment plan, for those who have applied to the program before Oct. 31, 2022. (Yurii Kibalnik/Adobe Stock)
AR Group Touts Benefits of Federal Student-Loan Forgiveness

A report from the Center for Responsible Lending says women with student loans to repay were hit hard by the pandemic. An Arkansas nonprofit wants …


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)
Report: Rural Diversity in U.S. Up Nearly 20 Percent

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…

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers an estimated $60 billion each year. (Adobe Stock)
My Health Care Tracker Tool Helps Medicare Recipients Prevent Fraud

A new tool aims to help older adults in Arkansas and beyond who receive Medicare track what happens at their doctor appointments. It also can help …


 

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