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.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

'Don't Say Gay' Proves Challenging for FL Students, Teachers

Despite being aimed at children in kindergarten through third grade, Florida teachers say what's often referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" law has …

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Marys rivers. The swamp's wildlife, cypress forests and flooded prairies draw thousands of visitors each year. (Moultrie Creek/Wikimedia Commons)
Environmental Groups Fight to Stop Mine Near Okefenokee

Environmental groups are calling on Georgia's Environmental Protection Division to reject permits to build a titanium mine near an intact freshwater w…


Health experts say making sure children are current with all their check-ups is important to their health and academic success. (Pixabay)
Experts Urge Checkups for Florida Kids, Including Mental Health

Experts are reminding parents to schedule time to get health screenings for kids - and to also think beyond the basic back-to-school physical…

To be a poll worker, you have to be a citizen of the United States and a registered voter of the county in which you plan to work. (Trimmel Gomes)
Experience Florida's Elections Process From Within as a Poll Worker

Voting is one way to play a pivotal role in Florida's electoral process, and another way is by being a poll worker to help ensure elections are …


A recipient of guaranteed income from Springboard to Opportunities' Magnolia Mother's Trust. The program gives $1,000 per month for 12 months to families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing. (Instagram/Springboard to Opportunities)
Guaranteed Income: Blueprint for a Stronger Safety Net

By Katie Fleischer for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for Florida News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

Pro-choice groups say Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sometimes called pregnancy resource or counseling centers, were created to talk people out of having abortions. (SHVETS production/Pexels)
Report: Crisis Pregnancy Centers Receive Billions in Funding

In the ongoing abortion debate, people are being warned to be mindful of deceptive practices in the facilities known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers…


A Caring.com 2022 Wills Survey finds that one out of three Americans without estate plans think they have too few assets to leave behind. (Pixabay)
Think of Others When Thinking of Life After Death

Thinking of life after death is daunting, but it might help to think of the lives of your loved ones in the event you are no longer around. Experts …

DeSantis' new proposal to recruit teachers
FL Educators Decry Classroom 'Politicization' as Gov Relaxes Teaching Rules

As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defends and expands his call to have military veterans bypass the teacher certification process to become educators…


Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual report evaluating states on indicators of child well-being finds modest improvements in Florida, keeping its ranking at 35th in the nation for the third year. (AnnieSpratt/Pixabay)
Florida's Child Well-Being Report Card Shows Increase in Mental Distress

Children's advocacy groups are calling on lawmakers to do more to improve the well-being of Florida's kids. For the first time, the 2022 Kids Count …

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands rich in marine life. They sometimes are called tidal marshes, because they occur in the zone between low and high tides. (FWC)
Multi-State Conservation Plan to Protect Salt Marshes

Conservation groups along several states on the East coast stretching from North Carolina to northeast Florida are working through a plan to conserve …


Florida Healthy Kids administers the Florida Healthy Kids program for children ages 5 through 18. (Pixabay)
FL Families Urged to Sign Up for KidCare as CHIP Marks Silver Anniversary

As a program to improve health-insurance access for children celebrates its silver anniversary, there are calls to ensure it remains strong for the …

Since the 1990s, some researchers have argued that intense forms of grief should be classified as a mental illness. In 2021, the American Psychiatric Association made the classification official. (Pixabay)
Florida Nonprofit Helps Children Cope with Grief

Losing a loved one can be traumatic, but when it happens to children, it can leave them at risk of anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress …


 

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