Saturday, July 2, 2022

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The U.S. Supreme Court strips the EPA's power to curb pollution, California takes a big step toward universal health care, and a Florida judge will temporarily block the state's 15-week abortion ban.

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SCOTUS significantly limits the Clean Air Act and rules against the "Stay in Mexico" policy, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in to office, and President Biden endorses a filibuster carveout for abortion rights.

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From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

Some older adults in Connecticut may be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which can help decrease energy-related costs and fuel usage at home through retrofits and other improvements. (Adobe Stock)
Some older adults in Connecticut may be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which can help decrease energy-related costs and fuel usage at home through retrofits and other improvements. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Starting Friday, Connecticut residents may start to see a sharp increase in energy costs just as summer gets into gear and inflation hits people hard…

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)

Connecticut is moving forward with efforts to create a certification program to help make doula care more accessible in the state. Doulas support …

Among many other calls to action, the Connecticut Justice Alliance is asking the state to invest in a more equitable education system, as "an investment in the success of youth and communities." (Adobe Stock)
Among many other calls to action, the Connecticut Justice Alliance is asking the state to invest in a more equitable education system, as "an investment in the success of youth and communities." (Adobe Stock)

Reducing the number of young people involved in the criminal justice system means working on the root causes which can lead them there. A youth …







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Proponents of a consumer-owned utility say as Maine works to improve the power grid, it is important to hold power companies in the state accountable. (Adobe Stock)
Proponents of a consumer-owned utility say as Maine works to improve the power grid, it is important to hold power companies in the state accountable. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, June 30, 2022
A campaign in Maine is gathering signatures to replace the state's investor-owned energy grid with a consumer-owned utility. Central Maine Power (…

The price of meat has gone up 12.3% in the last year. (Fxquadro/Adobe Stock)
The price of meat has gone up 12.3% in the last year. (Fxquadro/Adobe Stock)

Seven in 10 Americans view inflation as the most pressing issue facing the nation right now, and in Maine, a new report seeks to explore the causes…

The Common Loon mostly breeds in Canada and the northern United States. (Tim Corner/Adobe Stock)
The Common Loon mostly breeds in Canada and the northern United States. (Tim Corner/Adobe Stock)

Maine is home to the largest number of loons in the region, and it's nesting season. The Maine Loon Restoration Project is a five-year effort to …

Green roofs can help address stormwater runoff concerns such as flooding. In recent years, hurricanes, tropical storms and increased heavy rainfall have hit Marylanders with extensive<br />flooding problems. (Adobe Stock)
Green roofs can help address stormwater runoff concerns such as flooding. In recent years, hurricanes, tropical storms and increased heavy rainfall have hit Marylanders with extensive
flooding problems. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Communities in Maryland have been awarded portions of a $1 million grant to support infrastructure projects such as improving local waterway health an…

The expanded Child Tax Credit, a form of guaranteed income for families with children, reached an estimated 1.2 million children in Maryland, according to White House estimates.(Adobe Stock)
The expanded Child Tax Credit, a form of guaranteed income for families with children, reached an estimated 1.2 million children in Maryland, according to White House estimates.(Adobe Stock)

By Katie Fleischer for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Emily Scott for Maryland News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News Service …

The average victim of elder financial abuse loses upwards of $120,000. (Adobe Stock)
The average victim of elder financial abuse loses upwards of $120,000. (Adobe Stock)

Through Friday, Maryland is hosting Protect Week, to help protect against elder financial abuse. That's when someone illegally uses an older …

Numotion and National Seating and Mobility are the two largest wheelchair manufacturers in the U.S., and critics say a lack of competition can lead to slow repairs. (rudolfgeiger/Adobe Stock)
Numotion and National Seating and Mobility are the two largest wheelchair manufacturers in the U.S., and critics say a lack of competition can lead to slow repairs. (rudolfgeiger/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Advocates for people with disabilities are urging the Massachusetts General Court to pass what is known as the Wheelchair Warranty bill, to improve …

In 2020 alone, at least 2.58 billion cubic feet of methane gas leaked into communities and the atmosphere. (romaset/Adobe Stock)
In 2020 alone, at least 2.58 billion cubic feet of methane gas leaked into communities and the atmosphere. (romaset/Adobe Stock)

A new report found in the last decade, there have been nearly 2,600 methane gas pipeline incidents in the U.S. serious enough to require reporting to …

Advocates for and families of children and teens facing mental-health crises say emergency departments are not healthy for kids to stay in for days or weeks. (chrisdorney/Adobe Stock)
Advocates for and families of children and teens facing mental-health crises say emergency departments are not healthy for kids to stay in for days or weeks. (chrisdorney/Adobe Stock)

On a given day in Massachusetts, more than 100 children and teenagers are brought to hospital emergency rooms because they're facing a mental-health …

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Annual infections have decreased by more than two-thirds since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. (Adobe Stock)
Annual infections have decreased by more than two-thirds since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. (Adobe Stock)

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and doctors and advocates for people living with HIV and AIDS are urging everyone to make sure they know their …

According to a report from The Sentencing Project, because most carjackings are not solved, there is no reliable age profile of the people committing the crime. (Nomad_Soul/Adobe Stock)
According to a report from The Sentencing Project, because most carjackings are not solved, there is no reliable age profile of the people committing the crime. (Nomad_Soul/Adobe Stock)

New research found reports of skyrocketing youth crime are not only unfounded, but are fueling calls for stricter punishments. Data from the …

In addition to funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, infrastructure dollars will also be coming into the Granite State for broadband. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)
In addition to funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, infrastructure dollars will also be coming into the Granite State for broadband. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

New Hampshire is getting $50 million dollars from the federal government to expand broadband access. According to the White House, the money…




In a blow to the nation's efforts to curb climate change, the U.S. Supreme Court has reduced the Environmental Protection Agency's power in regulating emissions from existing power plants. (Adobe Stock)
In a blow to the nation's efforts to curb climate change, the U.S. Supreme Court has reduced the Environmental Protection Agency's power in regulating emissions from existing power plants. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, July 1, 2022
In a 6-3 decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, diminishing the agency's ability to …

The Supreme Court's ruling in the case Vega v. Tekoh may have weakened the court's position on Miranda rights, but does not entirely invalidate those rights for people who are arrested. (Adobe Stock)
The Supreme Court's ruling in the case Vega v. Tekoh may have weakened the court's position on Miranda rights, but does not entirely invalidate those rights for people who are arrested. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Another important U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month has been overshadowed by the controversy about overturning abortion rights. Legal experts say …

Older Latino Americans are less likely to have an advanced directive than are their white peers. (Adobe Stock)
Older Latino Americans are less likely to have an advanced directive than are their white peers. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Hispanic groups are coming together to encourage people to have end-of-life conversations with their loved ones before illness or tragedy strikes…

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The America's Health Rankings report found an 11.5% increase in the number of Pennsylvanians over age 60 experiencing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)
The America's Health Rankings report found an 11.5% increase in the number of Pennsylvanians over age 60 experiencing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Older people in Pennsylvania are dying from drug overdoses at much higher rates now compared to a decade ago, according to the latest America's …

Pennsylvania has the lowest minmimum wage among its neighboring states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. (Adobe Stock)
Pennsylvania has the lowest minmimum wage among its neighboring states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Pennsylvania's budget deadline is looming on Thursday. Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for a minimum-wage increase that would get the state to $15 an hour …

The new AARP Pennsylvania poll finds 87% of voters age 50 years and older say they're "extremely motivated" to vote in the November election. (Adobe Stock)
The new AARP Pennsylvania poll finds 87% of voters age 50 years and older say they're "extremely motivated" to vote in the November election. (Adobe Stock)

There are fewer than five months to go until the November General Election, in which Pennsylvania voters will select a new governor and U.S. Senator…







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