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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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Florida faces lawsuits over its new election law, a medical board fines an Indiana doctor for speaking about a 10-year-old's abortion, and Minnesota advocates say threats to cut SNAP funds are off the mark.

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The White House and Speaker McCarthy gain support to pass their debt ceiling agreement, former President Donald Trump retakes the lead in a new GOP primary poll, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is impeached.

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The growing number of "maternity care deserts" makes having a baby increasingly dangerous for rural Americans, a Colorado project is connecting neighbor to neighbor in an effort to help those suffering with mental health issues, and a school district in Maine is using teletherapy to tackle a similar challenge.

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The Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Court Battle Ends with Major Implications for Wetlands in GA, U.S.

More than 7.7 million acres in Georgia are wetlands, and groups aware of their value to the environment are worried the watery acreage might be in …

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Georgia is the 26th jurisdiction to decriminalize medical marijuana use. (Adobe Stock)
Cannabis Equity: The Importance of Reform and Access to Dispensaries

The rise of medical cannabis dispensaries in Georgia is highlighting the need for reform and equitable access. One of the state's first dispensaries …

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More 15-year-olds discussed finances with their parents when the topic was something the teens wanted to buy, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. (Adobe Stock)
Initiative Aims to Improve GA Teens' Financial Literacy

Aiming to close the financial literacy divide among teens and young adults, one investment company has set a goal of reaching one million of them by 2…

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The global trucking industry is estimated to reach $1 trillion by 2025. (Carolyn Franks/Adobe Stock)
Groups Help Reduce Barriers for GA Women in Trucking

Two groups are working to create equal opportunities for Black and Latina women in the trucking industry. The Truist Foundation has pledged $1.5 …

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In the decade prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 43% of students reported they felt like part of their school community. After dropping sharply, the numbers have rebounded. (Adobe Stock)
Data Shows Striking Gap in Student Support After Pandemic

As the pandemic draws to a close, one group is raising awareness of the crucial need for student support and mental health resources. According to …

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Once laptops have expired, they don't receive updates and can't access secure websites. (Adobe Stock)
Right to Repair Chromebooks Could Save GA Schools $63 Million

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund is urging Google to allow Chromebook owners a right to repair the devices and extend their …

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Kinship-care placements with relatives and close friends increased from 14% in 2006 to 22% in 2021 according to the Fostering in Youth Transitions 2023 report. (Pressmaster/Adobe Stock)
Report: Older Foster Youths Lean Toward Higher Ed

Children who stay in foster care beyond age 18 are likely to pursue higher education, according to the Fostering in Youth Transitions 2023 report by …

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In Georgia, 1,156,660 people are facing hunger - and of them, 335,720 are children. (Adobe Stock)
GA Food Banks Prep for Increased Need One Year After Pandemic SNAP Ends

Georgia's food banks are taking action to address the growing demand for their services ahead of summer break. Frank Sheppard, Feeding the Valley …

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The state of Georgia hosted 412 productions, represented by 32 feature films, 36 independent films, 269 television and episodic productions, 42 commercials and 33 music videos between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. (Adobe Stock)
Writers’ Strike Could Affect GA Economy, Jobs

Thousands of writers are currently on strike following a breakdown in negotiations with the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictur…

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According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are about 19 million veterans age 18 and older in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Georgia Acts to Improve Mental Health Support for Veterans, Families

A new effort is underway in Georgia to improve mental health support for veterans and their loved ones, as Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill aimed at …

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In a 2019 survey, almost 50% of Democrats and almost 40% of Republicans said they'd consider crossing party lines to vote for a candidate they thought could
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Group Explores Ways to Have Difficult Conversations in Divisive Times

At a time when it's easy to find something to disagree about, whether it's politics or social issues, one organization is working to help others have …

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The Muscogee County Bookmobile visits more than 40 locations monthly, on a biweekly basis. (Adobe Stock)
GA Libraries Work to Boost Literacy Rates for Library Week

Libraries across the country have been in the news lately, mostly for efforts to ban books. But this has been National Library Week, and they're …

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