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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.

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Eye-care professionals say limiting screen time before bedtime, using blue light-blocking filters on your devices, and wearing blue light-blocking glasses can all help protect from potential health risks. (Pixabay)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Blue Light Exposure: Understanding the Risks

With the increasing use of digital devices and computers in daily life, we're all exposed to more and more blue light. They may be convenient and …

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)
Oral Hygienist Highlights Dangers of Dental Disorders in Children

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 …


Last year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation dubbed the
AP African American Studies Course Blocked in FL Schools

The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has rejected plans to expand an Advanced Placement African American Studies course for high schools…

Tallahassee U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has blocked the so-called
Higher Ed Braces for DeSantis Attacks on Unions, 'Trendy Ideology'

If it's "woke," "trendy," or has anything to do with race and diversity, it appears Gov. Ron DeSantis wants no part of it in Florida. From signing …


A study on the impacts of hurricanes by the nonprofit research institute Resources for the Future found no significant change to the sociodemographic characteristics of neighborhoods after a hurricane other than income. (Wikimedia Commons)
Study: Gentrification & Increased Property Values Follow Hurricanes

After a hurricane, according to a new study, wealthier people tend to sweep into impacted communities, purchasing homes even at the increased …

With only 529,000 workers belonging to unions, Florida has among the lowest percentages of organized workers in the country. (Adobe Stock)
Labor Unions Push for More NLRB Funding

Labor groups are calling on the new Congress to build on last year's $25 million funding increase for the National Labor Relations Board, an agency …


In 2019, Florida hospitals billed more than $630 million for preventable emergency-room visits and hospital admissions stemming from preventable oral health issues, according to Floridians for Dental Health. (Pixabay)
'Untreated Crisis' as Concern Mounts Over Florida's Poor Oral Health

Florida leads the nation in the number of individuals, nearly 6 million, who are living in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas. Sixty-six of …

A public health analyst says Florida's high uninsured rate can be linked to it being one of 11 states that have yet to expand Medicaid coverage. (Pixabay)
Florida's Lack of Public Funding Shines in New State Health Rankings

Florida is 27th in the country when measuring health data, but the annual ranking shows the Sunshine State is behind most other states in funding …


A group of 40 Florida-based organizations has sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, urging the state to publish its plan for keeping people insured when the federal public health emergency expires. (Pixabay)
FL Child Uninsured Rate Stabilizes; Advocates Raise Future Concerns

While the Sunshine State ranks among the top 10 states with the highest rates of uninsured children, it did see more kids with health coverage during …

The pandemic-era American Rescue Plan temporarily increased the Child Tax Credit for most families from an annual total of $2,000 per child to $3,000 or $3,600 per child, depending on their age. (Pixabay)
Florida Groups Add Momentum to Extending Child Tax Credit

Florida advocates are hopeful, as Congress negotiates an omnibus bill which would continue corporate tax breaks, it will also extend and make …


Dental therapists master about one-quarter of the specific competencies of dentists. (Adobe Stock)
Dental Therapists Work to Gain Support in Florida, Congress

Inside a massive appropriations bill now in Congress is a provision which would allow federal funding for dental therapists. Dental therapists …

On June 10, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) renounced jurisdiction over faculty employees at most religious educational institutions, which has resulted in faculty unions being disbanded at some of those schools. (Pixabay)
Florida University Uses Religious Exemption to Disband Faculty Union

Citing a religious exemption, Edward Waters University - a private, historically Black school in Jacksonville - has shut down its faculty union…


 

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