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High gas prices are not slowing down Memorial Day travel, early voting starts tomorrow in Nevada, and Oregon activists seek accountability for dioxin contamination in low-income Eugene.

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Education Secretary Cardona calls for action after the Texas massacre, Republicans block a domestic terrorism vote, and Secretary of State Blinken calls China the greatest challenger to U.S. and its allies.

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High-speed internet is being used to entice remote workers to rural communities, Georgia is offering Black women participation in a guaranteed income initiative, and under-resourced students in Montana get a boost toward graduation.

There's been a roughly 38% drop in drowning deaths over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)
There's been a roughly 38% drop in drowning deaths over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 27, 2022
With the unofficial start to summer, pools around Ohio are opening this Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to swim time, experts encourage …

Volunteer Charlotte Meucci and consultant David Juros unbox fruits and vegetables at the hospital's Food Resource Center. (Courtesy of Hartford Healthcare)
Volunteer Charlotte Meucci and consultant David Juros unbox fruits and vegetables at the hospital's Food Resource Center. (Courtesy of Hartford Healthcare)

Friday, May 27, 2022
One of Connecticut's largest health systems launched a new resource in Hartford this month, aimed at helping patients access healthy and nutritious …

Researchers say four out of 10 Americans who contract the COVID-19 virus will later develop symptoms of "Long COVID." (basilicostudio/Adobe Stock)
Researchers say four out of 10 Americans who contract the COVID-19 virus will later develop symptoms of "Long COVID." (basilicostudio/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
The National Institutes of Health has begun a nationwide research project to better understand how to prevent and treat what's become known as "long" …

The same conditions creating poverty can increase risk factors for intimate-partner violence. (Adobe Stock)
The same conditions creating poverty can increase risk factors for intimate-partner violence. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Economic supports could be the key to reducing intimate-partner violence, which claims the lives of dozens of Ohioans each year. Research from the …

About one in four women and nearly one in 10 men have experienced physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
About one in four women and nearly one in 10 men have experienced physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

Kentucky will soon begin developing a coordinated, statewide system for reporting crimes related to intimate-partner violence. Gov. Andy Beshear's …

Federal law requires data on crime victims to include information on crimes committed against people with disabilities. (Artur/Adobe Stock)
Federal law requires data on crime victims to include information on crimes committed against people with disabilities. (Artur/Adobe Stock)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and groups are advocating for comprehensive sexual education for everyone, including folks …

A recent study ranked Oregon as having the highest prevalence of mental illness in the country. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)
A recent study ranked Oregon as having the highest prevalence of mental illness in the country. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there are many stressors for people right now, from the pandemic to the economy. There is a high …

Adults with disabilities report experiencing frequent mental distress almost five times as often as adults without disabilities. Telehealth appointments can help make mental-health resources more accessible. (Adobe Stock)
Adults with disabilities report experiencing frequent mental distress almost five times as often as adults without disabilities. Telehealth appointments can help make mental-health resources more accessible. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people across the country. For people with disabilities, who already face a lot of social isolation to …

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin had 64,400 farms in 2020, down 500 from 2019. (Adobe Stock)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin had 64,400 farms in 2020, down 500 from 2019. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
From inflation to climate change, Wisconsin farmers face numerous sources of stress that can't help but affect their health. And one program is …

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The original 1972 petition in Ms. Magazine had 53 signatures, but when it was run again later in the year, it garnered more than 1,400. (Ms. Magazine)
The original 1972 petition in Ms. Magazine had 53 signatures, but when it was run again later in the year, it garnered more than 1,400. (Ms. Magazine)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
This story was produced by Ms. MagazineBroadcast version by Lily Böhlke for Florida News Connection/Public News Service The leaked draft …

In Missouri, no health insurance -- not even private policies -- can be used for abortions. Vice President Kamala Harris joined providers Thursday to discuss the next steps. (The White House)
In Missouri, no health insurance -- not even private policies -- can be used for abortions. Vice President Kamala Harris joined providers Thursday to discuss the next steps. (The White House)

Vice President Kamala Harris met with abortion providers from Missouri and other restrictive states Thursday to consider ways the Biden administration…

Most polls show a majority of Americans think Roe v. Wade should remain in place. (Steve Rhodes/Flickr)
Most polls show a majority of Americans think Roe v. Wade should remain in place. (Steve Rhodes/Flickr)

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday a new state fund for supporting abortion providers, in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v…

<a href="https://drugabusestatistics.org/teen-drug-use/#ohio" target="_blank">Ohio teens are 4% less likely to have used drugs</a> in the past month than the average teen in the United States. (Prevention Action Alliance)
Ohio teens are 4% less likely to have used drugs in the past month than the average teen in the United States. (Prevention Action Alliance)

Hundreds of Ohio teens join together today to bust myths about teenage substance use. The "We Are The Majority" rally promotes the fact that most …

The pandemic led more people to be isolated from friends and family, increasing the risk that they started coping by drinking too much. (daniilvolkov/Adobe Stock)
The pandemic led more people to be isolated from friends and family, increasing the risk that they started coping by drinking too much. (daniilvolkov/Adobe Stock)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, highlighting serious consequences of drinking too much. Excessive alcohol use contributes to more than 95,000 …

More than 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
More than 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase criminal penalties for fentanyl distribution. But critics say the legislation will …

It's estimated that 85% of individuals with intellectual disabilities are not working, or are under-employed, despite their willingness and ability to contribute to the workforce. (Adobe Stock)
It's estimated that 85% of individuals with intellectual disabilities are not working, or are under-employed, despite their willingness and ability to contribute to the workforce. (Adobe Stock)

Two bills making their way through the Colorado General Assembly would make it easier for people with disabilities to access college and other public …

Missouri does not have enough Direct Support Professionals, among other direct-care workforce shortages. (Adobe Stock)
Missouri does not have enough Direct Support Professionals, among other direct-care workforce shortages. (Adobe Stock)

Missouri is launching an apprenticeship program to expand talent pipelines for Direct Support Professionals, who work with people with developmental …

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities shares artwork created by people with disabilities during DD Awareness Month. This year's logo features artist Calvin "Sonny" Clarke.(NACDD)
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities shares artwork created by people with disabilities during DD Awareness Month. This year's logo features artist Calvin "Sonny" Clarke.(NACDD)

As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month comes to a close, advocates say the work to secure equal rights and independence for people with …

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Kentucky advocacy groups have launched "Nix the Next," a campaign that aims to curb the vaping crisis among youths in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)
Kentucky advocacy groups have launched "Nix the Next," a campaign that aims to curb the vaping crisis among youths in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)

Last week President Joe Biden signed legislation that allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate synthetic nicotine, used in vape products …

Researchers and smoking prevention groups say there are tens of thousands of flavored tobacco products on the market. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers and smoking prevention groups say there are tens of thousands of flavored tobacco products on the market. (Adobe Stock)

With 2022 underway, more than 20 Minnesota cities now have local ordinances restricting or banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, and the new …

Research from Yale University has shown the chemicals in vaping products can reach a teen's brain in about 10 seconds, and that frequent use among young people can lead to problems related to focus and memory. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Research from Yale University has shown the chemicals in vaping products can reach a teen's brain in about 10 seconds, and that frequent use among young people can lead to problems related to focus and memory. (Adobe Stock)

State lawmakers are expected to file a tobacco-control bill next year. Healthcare advocacy groups and local elected officials say communities must …

Maryland also offers the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which ensures underinsured and uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are able to pay for medication. (Adobe Stock)
Maryland also offers the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which ensures underinsured and uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are able to pay for medication. (Adobe Stock)

February 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Maryland health-care advocates see it as an opportunity to provide health-care options …

At the start of 2020, nearly 25,000 Ohioans had been diagnosed with HIV, according to state data. (Adobe Stock)
At the start of 2020, nearly 25,000 Ohioans had been diagnosed with HIV, according to state data. (Adobe Stock)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Today marks World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the …

More than 4,500 Michiganders take PrEP, a HIV-prevention medication. (Adobe Stock)
More than 4,500 Michiganders take PrEP, a HIV-prevention medication. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Organizers of a summit about sexual health will provide a safe space on Friday for young Michiganders to have open, honest and …

Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)
Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The voices of expectant and parenting youths are being amplified by the first-ever Michigan Young Parent Advisory Council. Diamond …

Only 13 states in the nation have passed legislation requiring sex education to be medically accurate. (Adobe Stock)
Only 13 states in the nation have passed legislation requiring sex education to be medically accurate. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Access to sex education is on the decline in rural areas, but one eastern Kentucky native aims to fill the knowledge gap with …

More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com
More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans can now get a clearer picture of teen pregnancies in the state. The State Comptroller's office has released an …

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