Sunday, January 16, 2022

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A new survey shows discrimination in medical settings affects quality of care; U.S. Supreme Court rejects vaccine and testing mandates for businesses; and New York moves toward electric school buses.

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U.S. House passes a new voting rights bill, setting up a Senate showdown; President Biden announces expanded COVID testing, and Jan. 6 Committee requests an interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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New website profiles missing and murdered Native Americans; more support for young, rural Minnesotans who've traded sex for food, shelter, drugs or alcohol; more communities step up to solve "period poverty;" and find your local gardener - Jan. 29 is National Seed Swap Day.

Doulas are trained to provide physical, emotional and informational support to pregnant people during labor, birth and postpartum. (Adobe Stock)
Doulas are trained to provide physical, emotional and informational support to pregnant people during labor, birth and postpartum. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, January 13, 2022
A coalition of doulas in Connecticut hopes to expand their participation in public policy discussions about the care they deliver with the support of …

An estimated 600,000 employees in Connecticut currently have no way to save for retirement. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 600,000 employees in Connecticut currently have no way to save for retirement. (Adobe Stock)

Half of all households in Connecticut are at risk of not being able to pay for everyday expenses in retirement. A new state-run savings program will …

Other recommendations in the report from Brown University include increasing the number of public hearings for bills, especially late in the legislative session. (Adobe Stock)
Other recommendations in the report from Brown University include increasing the number of public hearings for bills, especially late in the legislative session. (Adobe Stock)

Brown University researchers found in Connecticut's efforts to combat climate change, electric and gas utilities spent the most on climate and energy …

More than half of Maine adults struggle to afford prescription drugs, according to a new survey. (pickselstock/Adobe Stock)
More than half of Maine adults struggle to afford prescription drugs, according to a new survey. (pickselstock/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
A new poll found a majority of Mainers struggle to afford the medical care they need. Advocates for increasing access to health care say Gov…

Maine now has the third-highest minimum wage in New England, after Connecticut and Massachusetts. (Adobe Stock)
Maine now has the third-highest minimum wage in New England, after Connecticut and Massachusetts. (Adobe Stock)

Mainers working for minimum wage will see a modest increase in their paychecks starting this month, as inflation has driven it to $12.75 an hour…

More than 190 winter bird species can be found in Maine, including chickadees, crows and mallards. (Ann Stryzhekin/Adobe Stock)
More than 190 winter bird species can be found in Maine, including chickadees, crows and mallards. (Ann Stryzhekin/Adobe Stock)

The Maine Bird Atlas is in its fourth year out of five, an effort to document the abundance and distribution of the state's wintering and breeding …

Some lawmakers say Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's use of a smartphone app that auto-deletes messages erodes government transparency. (PxHere)
Some lawmakers say Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's use of a smartphone app that auto-deletes messages erodes government transparency. (PxHere)

Thursday, January 13, 2022
As states continue to grapple with widespread use of messaging apps by government employees, one of the first proposed measures in Maryland's 2022 …

Harmful "forever chemicals" from firefighting foam can leach into shallow groundwater and then potentially flow into nearby rivers and streams. (PxHere)
Harmful "forever chemicals" from firefighting foam can leach into shallow groundwater and then potentially flow into nearby rivers and streams. (PxHere)

With the Maryland General Assembly set to start next week, environmental groups are urging lawmakers to regulate toxic chemicals, after a new report …

People of color in Maryland's 43rd legislative district are worried their votes won't have impact if the latest proposed redistricting map is approved. (Adobe stock)
People of color in Maryland's 43rd legislative district are worried their votes won't have impact if the latest proposed redistricting map is approved. (Adobe stock)

Maryland's Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission released its revised district maps last week, and voting-rights groups are concerned the …

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Construction companies, law firms and health-care companies are among the top contributors to sheriffs' political races, according to a new report from Common Cause. (Joaquin Corbalan/Adobe Stock)
Construction companies, law firms and health-care companies are among the top contributors to sheriffs' political races, according to a new report from Common Cause. (Joaquin Corbalan/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
A new report recommends changes to the way political campaigns are paid for, analyzing contributions to local sheriffs' races in 11 states, including …

In this week's University of Massachusetts poll, 58% of the Americans polled said they support making Election Day a holiday. (Lamar Carter/Adobe Stock)
In this week's University of Massachusetts poll, 58% of the Americans polled said they support making Election Day a holiday. (Lamar Carter/Adobe Stock)

Community groups have held vigils across Massachusetts this week to call for voting and democracy reform on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol …

The price of beef and veal in the last year has skyrocketed 20%. Fruits and veggies cost 4% more. (kucherav/Adobe Stock)
The price of beef and veal in the last year has skyrocketed 20%. Fruits and veggies cost 4% more. (kucherav/Adobe Stock)

Supply-chain issues, inflation and job loss during the pandemic have put many families' food security at risk. In Massachusetts, food insecurity …

A bill before the New Hampshire General Court would implement an outreach program for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)
A bill before the New Hampshire General Court would implement an outreach program for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)

Supply-chain issues, inflation and job loss during the pandemic have put many families' food security at risk. In New Hampshire, food insecurity …

Medical expenses are tied to <a href="https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304901" target="_blank">nearly 67% of personal bankruptcies</a> in the United States. (motortion/Adobe Stock)
Medical expenses are tied to nearly 67% of personal bankruptcies in the United States. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

A new federal law, the "No Surprises Act," expands state protections already in place in New Hampshire to prevent surprise medical billing. In 2018…

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia currently have school voucher programs. (sveta/Adobe Stock)
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia currently have school voucher programs. (sveta/Adobe Stock)

A bill in New Hampshire would allow local communities to opt into financing education for children who attend private schools or homeschooling…

Emissions from all buses, cars, and trucks make up 30% of New York City's carbon footprint. (Adobe Stock)
Emissions from all buses, cars, and trucks make up 30% of New York City's carbon footprint. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, January 14, 2022
In her 2022 State of the State address, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul set new goals for electrifying the school bus fleets in the state. Clean-energy …

If the New York State Legislature rejects the Independent Redistricting Commission's maps again, it will be up to state lawmakers to draw congressional and state legislative district lines. (Flickr/Wally Gobetz)
If the New York State Legislature rejects the Independent Redistricting Commission's maps again, it will be up to state lawmakers to draw congressional and state legislative district lines. (Flickr/Wally Gobetz)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
The New York State Legislature on Monday rejected two sets of district maps submitted by the state's Independent Redistricting Commission, so more …

PFAS chemicals have been discovered at high levels in the water systems of Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh and dozens of communities on Long Island. (Adobe Stock)
PFAS chemicals have been discovered at high levels in the water systems of Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh and dozens of communities on Long Island. (Adobe Stock)

A new law on the books in New York establishes the most comprehensive drinking-water testing and notification program in the nation for Perfluorinated…

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Pennsylvania's Public Safety Answering Points process an estimated 14.5 million requests for emergency services every year. (Adobe Stock)
Pennsylvania's Public Safety Answering Points process an estimated 14.5 million requests for emergency services every year. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, January 14, 2022
Mobile carriers are starting to decommission their 3G cellular networks this year, some as soon as next month. Pennsylvania officials are reminding …

Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources encourages visitors to "leave no trace" when visiting parks and forests in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)
Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources encourages visitors to "leave no trace" when visiting parks and forests in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Pennsylvania state parks are making a move to go plastic-free and reduce waste, starting with their concession stands, to help meet the …

Twenty-five percent of students said they sometimes feel "life is not worth it," according to the most recent Pennsylvania Youth Survey. (Adobe Stock)
Twenty-five percent of students said they sometimes feel "life is not worth it," according to the most recent Pennsylvania Youth Survey. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Pennsylvania faces a shortage of psychiatrists that children's advocates call "alarming," and they're concerned about the impact it might have on youn…

 

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