Saturday, March 25, 2023

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Georgia prepares for the end of COVID-19 emergency; comment period open for experimental nuclear tech in eastern ID; Mexican gray wolf population rebounds in Arizona.

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Lawmakers grill the CEO of Tik Tok over national security concerns, the House Pro-Choice Caucus aims to repeal the Helms Act and allow U.S. foreign aid to support abortion care, and attempts to ban or restrict books hit a record high as groups take aim at LBGTQ+ titles.

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Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

California

The Care 4 All California coalition is pressing for an expansion of Medi-Cal to cover undocumented adults. (Kit Bear/Health Access)

Thursday, March 23, 2023

CA Bills Aim to Improve Health-Care Access, Affordability

Health advocates are promoting a package of bills this legislative session to make health care easier to get - and more affordable. The Care 4 All …

Sky-high gas prices hit California drivers in the spring, summer and fall of 2022, before retreating to more normal levels in winter, after the midterm elections. (QuietWord/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Hearing Today on CA Gas Price-Gouging Bill

California lawmakers hold a hearing in Sacramento today on a bill to hold oil companies and gasoline refiners accountable for alleged price gouging…


Clear-cutting a forest can leave behind a scarred landscape, as seen in this 2019 photo from an area linked to the Enviva Northampton wood pellet plant in Garysburg, North Carolina. (Dogwood Alliance)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Climate Groups Spotlight Destruction Linked to Wood Pellet Industry

Climate-change groups are calling attention to the environmental destruction linked to the wood pellet industry - even as California is considering a …

Multiple states have strengthened protections for election workers, following a surge in threats and harassment over the past few years. (Krakenimages.com/Adobestock)
Election Officials Call for Action to Protect Democracy

American democracy is in mortal danger as the 2024 election approaches, according to experts at a conference held at the University of California…


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Advocates Urge Federal Crackdown on Junk Rental Fees

Renters these days are getting hit with all kinds of extra charges, and consumer advocates want the federal government to crack down on the so-called …

A new report found nationally, the estimated economic value of family caregivers' unpaid contributions in 2021 was $600 billion. (Evrymmnt/Adobe Stock)
Report: CA's Unpaid Caregivers Contribute 4 Billion Hours per Year

Some 4.4 million family caregivers in California provide more than four billion hours of uncompensated care each year; work worth about $81 billion…


A new program is designed to prevent gaps in medical care as justice-involved people prepare to rejoin their communities. (Alexander/Adobestock)
Feds OK CA Plan to Pre-Enroll Incarcerated People in Medi-Cal

California will soon become the first state in the nation to offer health insurance to income-eligible individuals who are incarcerated - starting 90 …

A billboard calls attention to the rising cost of giving birth in the Sacramento area, something advocates attribute to health-care mergers in the region. (Protect California Patients campaign)
Advocates Launch Campaign to Prevent Harmful Health-Care Mergers

Billboards have gone up across California warning about the negative effects of unchecked mergers in the health-care system. The Protect California …


Trinidad Luna, a double amputee from Los Angeles, is expecting his CalFresh benefits to drop to $25 a month. (Trinidad Luna)
Recipients Prepare for Big Drop in CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh benefits are set to plummet for almost five million people in the state starting in a few weeks - as the emergency COVID increase expires…

California is one of 12 states that offers financial aid to undocumented students, who are barred from receiving federal assistance. (S Fanti/peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)
Few Undocumented CA College Students Receive State Aid

Just 14% of California's 94,000 undocumented college students receive some form of state financial aid, according to a new report. Researchers from …


The AARP's Tea and Coffee Tuesdays webinar series takes place on the second Tuesday of every month. The next one on March 14 will address ways older Americans can cope with the impact of climate change. (AARP)
Group Helps Older Americans Adapt to Climate Change

Surveys show that 3 in 4 Americans older than 50 want to age in place, but climate change can make that difficult - and expensive. Next Tuesday…

Some of the art to be featured at the Regenerative Gala was produced on upcycled canvas. Here we see a detail from the painting,
Regenerative Gala to Spotlight Ethical Consumerism

To kick off Earth Month in April, a Bay Area event called the Regenerative Gala will promote the concepts of ethical consumerism and fashion and art …


 

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