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A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


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VP Harris meets with Texas lawmakers, Congress passes Juneteenth bill, Senate holds hearing on Women's Health Protection Act, and advocates rally for Paid Leave

Archive: February 24, 2021

Republicans in the New Hampshire Legislature approved a grant aimed at doubling the current number of charter schools in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CONCORD, N.H. - Even after the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected an attempt at a voucher bill, advocates for public-school funding say there's still work to be done. House Bill 20 would have diverted funding for public education to a voucher program for families who choose to send chi ...Read More

Americans spend more than $300 billion a year on prescription drugs. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some state lawmakers want stricter regulations to ensure Tennesseans have access to affordable prescription drugs. Senate Bill 1617 would spotlight the role of pharmacy-benefit managers, the so-called "middlemen" who negotiate prices between drug makers, pharmacies and health ins ...Read More

Idaho households have about $2,500 in retirement savings, on average. (Bits and Splits/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - Saving for retirement is a struggle for many Idaho workers right now. A bill in the Idaho Legislature is aimed at making the process easier. About 375,000 private-sector employees in the state don't have access to a retirement savings plan at work, according to a 2020 AARP survey. Fr ...Read More

More Mainers died of opioid overdoses in January than in any month of 2020, and 2020 saw more overdose deaths in the state than any previous year on record. (Simone/Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Corrections is expanding its program for medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction to any person in jail or prison who medically qualifies. In 2019, the department launched a pilot program with 100 participants, and has been slowly phasing it into mo ...Read More

Alden Global Capital controls more than 100 local and regional newspapers, and the number of staff members at those papers has been reduced by more than twice the national industry average since 2012. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO - A hedge fund's purchase of the Chicago Tribune is in the works - but until it becomes official, members of the Chicago Tribune Guild are hoping local, civic-minded owners will step in. Even before announcing the agreement, Alden Global Capital had become the largest shareholder of Tribune ...Read More

The North Dakota Suicide Prevention Coalition holds its fourth annual Suicide Prevention Conference online today. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is rolling out another round of grants to help communities prevent suicides, and state officials say there's more urgency with this funding, given the pandemic and its added stresses for many. The Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division will award $750 ...Read More

Thirty-three states have created climate action plans or are in the process of revising or developing one, but Texas is not one of them. (today.tamu.edu)

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AUSTIN, Texas - Committees in both the Texas House and Senate on Thursday will begin investigations into what caused millions of people to lose power during a crippling winter storm last week, and a state faith group is urging residents to participate. Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texas Impa ...Read More

More than 70% of Oregon students said they were food insecure the previous year, according to a survey before the pandemic. (JeanLuc/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - It's no secret that college students often are low on cash, but hunger among Oregon students is soaring. A measure in the state Legislature would point them to helpful resources. House Bill 2835 would create a benefits navigator position on every community college and public univer ...Read More

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