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At least 15 dead as severe weather sweeps across central US; on Memorial Day, IA labor leaders honor fallen workers; Medical center installs microgrid to safeguard clinic power supply; 'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole; Will summer heat melt New Mexicans' cravings for ice cream?

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One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

More than 80,000 people in Connecticut have Alzheimer's disease and research shows the number will grow 14% by 2025. (Adobe Stock)
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Monday, May 27, 2024
This Memorial Day, Connecticut health experts are guiding caregivers on how to keep people with Alzheimer's safe. People with the various forms of …

The latest Living Planet Index report finds freshwater migratory fish saw an average 81% collapse in monitored population sizes between 1970 and 2020. This includes massive declines in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, May 24, 2024
Groups in Connecticut are preparing to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Friday. The biennial event celebrates migratory fish species and their …

Connecticut's teacher certification process has not been changed in 26 years. (Adobe Stock)
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A newly passed Connecticut bill will modernize the teacher certification process. House Bill 5436 is expected to make it easier for educators to …

Delaware House Bill 140, the Ron Silverio/Heather Block End-of-Life Options Act, was introduced by Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark. The bill has a record-high 16 co-sponsors, including all members of the Democratic legislative leadership. (motortion/Adobe Stock)
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Advocates supporting the legalization of medical aid in dying in Delaware are optimistic following the recent passage of House Bill 140. It is now …

The White House says it plans to boost investments in child care, since costs have increased 26% in the last decade, and skyrocketed 200% in the last three decades. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report suggests Delaware needs further investments in areas affecting children and young families, particularly in education. This …

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Climate scientists in Maine said the state has already experienced 8 inches of sea level rise over the past century and could see an additional 1.5 more feet by 2050, with significant implications for coastal industries, tourism and home insurance rates. (Adobe Stock)
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Scientists said Maine's climate is getting warmer and wetter, with significant implications for human health and infrastructure. Data show the 10 …

Maine's aquaculture harvest more than doubled in volume and in value over the past decade. It creates more than $100 million in annual revenue for the state, according to the Maine International Trade Center. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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New England fishermen and environmental groups are working to prevent the growth of industrial-size fish farms in U.S. open waters. They said …

Researchers studying ways to reduce the dairy industry's climate-altering emissions say a hotter climate can cause heat stress in dairy cows, reducing their feed intake, milk production, and fertility. (Adobe Stock)
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New research could help Maine dairy farmers increase profits while reducing effects on the climate. Scientists said adding a plant-based essential …

Nationally, the number of state legislators from the working class has declined since the prior session where 129 or 1.8% were working class. (Adobe Stock)
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A new study found the number of state legislators from working-class backgrounds are scarce in Maryland and nationwide. Researchers from Duke …

Nationally, more than 9 million adults with asthma live in counties receiving a failing grade for at least one air pollutant, according to the American Lung Association. (Adobe Stock)
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May is Asthma Awareness Month and a report on air quality shows mixed results for Marylanders. The American Lung Association recently released its 25…

Some states disenrolled so many children that they had fewer enrolled than prior to the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
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As pandemic-era protections were lifted a new report showed the number of children on Medicaid has varied widely between states, with Maryland doing …

Parents of young people harmed by social media platforms are urging Congress to pass the "Kids Online Safety Act," to hold tech companies liable for their products and create a "duty of care" to ensure greater child health and safety protections. (ParentsSOS)
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Massachusetts parents of children harmed by social media platforms are calling on Congress to advance the bipartisan "Kids Online Safety Act." The bi…

A recent Federal Trade Commission report found major grocers nationwide are overcharging customers for groceries. Retailers' revenues were 6% higher than their total costs in 2021, and then jumped to 7%, despite an easing of pandemic-related supply-chain disruptions. (Adobe Stock)
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Massachusetts residents struggling to pay high food prices are acquiring a growing amount of debt to pay their bills, according to a new report…

Communities nationwide are facing a shortage of maternity health care providers with nearly 7 million women living in so-called "maternity care deserts," according to the March of Dimes. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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On the heels of Mother's Day, Massachusetts lawmakers are backing legislation to address the country's high rates of maternal mortality. The "Mamas …

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In 1996, Congress passed a law prohibiting noncitizens from voting in federal elections, although some municipalities allow noncitizens to vote in local elections, including school board races. (Adobe Stock) <br />
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Veterans and service members in New Hampshire said legislation to create one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws would be a betrayal of their sacr…

New Hampshire lacks many of the fundamental gun safety laws enforced in other New England states, including extreme risk protection orders or requirements for concealed-carry permits or background checks on gun buyers. (Adobe Stock)
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The New Hampshire Senate will vote this week on a bipartisan gun violence prevention bill prompted by last year's deadly shooting at New Hampshire Hos…

University of New Hampshire scientists are researching how the addition of plant-based essential oils called Agolin in cow feed can improve overall milk quality and production while decreasing a cow's emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. (UNH)
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New research from the University of New Hampshire could help dairy farmers increase profits while reducing their effect on the climate. Scientists …

A 2015 Rutgers-Eagleton poll found 63% of New Jersey residents supported medical aid in dying, compared with 29% opposed. (PolinaZait/Adobe Stock)
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After a five-year court battle, New Jersey's medical aid-in-dying law has been affirmed by the state's Supreme Court, which rejected an attempt to …

Over the past ten years, New Jersey and the nation have seen improvements on six of the 11 indicators of child well-being measured in the 2024 Race for Results report. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
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New Jersey kids score higher than the national average for overall well-being but large racial disparities persist, according to a new study…

Feeding America reports over 800,000 people in New Jersey are facing hunger, including nearly 200,000 children. (Oksana Kuzmina/Adobe Stock)<br />
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Groups battling hunger in New Jersey are sounding the alarm about a type of food assistance that needs more funding in the New Year. In one month…

Only seven states require a full year of civics instruction in high school while 13 states have no requirement at all. (Adobe Stock)
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New research shows younger New Yorkers have different ideas about civic engagement. A Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement survey found …

Several house Republicans including New York's Mike Lawler signed a letter opposing CFPB's rule aimed at banning excessive credit card late fees. (Adobe Stock)
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New Yorkers could benefit from a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule. It caps credit card late fees at $8, or - at the credit card …

A new survey by the group Make the Road New York showed one-third of New York City migrant workers with steady jobs weren't getting minimum wage or timely pay, due to their immigration status. (Adobe Stock)
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A new survey showed New York City's population of asylum-seekers is struggling, and makes suggestions for improvements. The survey by the group Make …

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The median length of stay in juvenile detention has increased in Pennsylvania. The average and median lengths of stay have increased, from 17 and 11 days in 2018 to 27 and 14 days in 2022. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, May 24, 2024
A new report is sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania's juvenile-detention capacity challenges, citing understaffing and long wait times for the young …

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says unionized workers in the United States enjoyed a 6.3% increase in nominal wages in the 12 months ending in March, compared with 4.1% for nonunion workers. (Dragana Gordic/Adobe Stock)
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For Pennsylvanians on the hunt for employment opportunities, the Keystone State offers a favorable landscape. The state's jobless rate stayed at a …

As of 2020, around 3.4 million individuals, which equated to approximately 26% of the total population of Pennsylvania at the time of 13.0 million residents, were living in the 48 counties considered rural areas within the state. (Synthex&#127482;&#127462;/AdobeStock)
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Pennsylvanian's general election takes place in November and a new poll from the Rural Democracy Initiative showed likely voters from rural areas of t…

Rhode Island's average annual cost of infant care is $13,696, equating to $1,141 per month, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The state ranks 13th among states for most expensive infant care. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report finds Rhode Island families need better access to affordable child care. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book …

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Vermont residents in need of new insulation, appliances or heating systems can calculate their emergency flood-rebate eligibility by using the Rewiring America online calculator at efficiencyvermont.com. (Adobe Stock)
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By Annie Ropeik for Energy News Network.Broadcast version by Kathryn Carley for Maine News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Publ…

Between 2007-11 and 2017-21, smaller percentages of children in every racial and ethnic group were enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten, with the largest drops for Black, Asian and Pacific Islander and white children, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation report. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Children of color in Vermont fare relatively well compared to their peers nationwide, but a new report says economic disparities persist for their …

The majority of caterpillars and moth species rely on the leaf layer for their primary habitat, allowing them to serve as the primary food source for backyard birds and their young during nesting season. (Adobe Stock)
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Autumn leaves will soon be falling and a growing number of homeowners in Vermont are willing to leave them on the ground. A new survey from the …

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