Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Minority-owned Southern businesses get back on their feet post-pandemic with a fund's help; President Biden says don't panic over the new COVID variant; and eye doctors gauge the risk of dying from COVID.

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U.S. Senate is back in session with a long holiday to-do list that includes avoiding a government shutdown; negotiations to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal resume; and Jack Dorsey resigns as CEO of Twitter.

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South Dakota foster kids find homes with Native families; a conservative group wants oil and gas reform; rural Pennsylvania residents object to planes flying above tree tops; and poetry debuts to celebrate the land.

Conservationists say the Recovering America's Wildlife Act could support improvements to water quality in the Ozarks, including the Buffalo National River. (Adobe Stock)
Conservationists say the Recovering America's Wildlife Act could support improvements to water quality in the Ozarks, including the Buffalo National River. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
ST. JOE, Ark. -- More than a decade of restoration efforts in a section of Northern Arkansas' Ozark National Forest have led to 40 new species of …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says eating outdoors when possible is safer than indoors when hosting a holiday gathering. (Adobe Stock)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says eating outdoors when possible is safer than indoors when hosting a holiday gathering. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As Arkansans prepare to spend time with family for Thanksgiving, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is warning folks to be cautious as …

Medicaid recipients from the storytelling project also suggested that annual allotments for appointments, prescriptions and transportation be improved to increase access to care. (Adobe Stock)
Medicaid recipients from the storytelling project also suggested that annual allotments for appointments, prescriptions and transportation be improved to increase access to care. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health advocates have launched a new project aiming to tell the stories of how the Medicaid system has supported …

Black women in the Commonwealth are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than are non-Hispanic White women, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Black women in the Commonwealth are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than are non-Hispanic White women, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In a few weeks, Kentucky lawmakers will convene the General Assembly, and health advocates are calling for new policies to address …

The Build Back Better Act focuses on investing in childcare, preschool, paid family leave and maintaining the expanded child tax credit. (Adam Schultz/Biden for President)
The Build Back Better Act focuses on investing in childcare, preschool, paid family leave and maintaining the expanded child tax credit. (Adam Schultz/Biden for President)

By Katie Fleischer for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Lily Böhlke for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

According to Planned Parenthood, currently, one in three women of reproductive age lives in a state where abortion could be illegal if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. (Wikimedia Commons/Larissa Puro)
According to Planned Parenthood, currently, one in three women of reproductive age lives in a state where abortion could be illegal if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. (Wikimedia Commons/Larissa Puro)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling related to the Texas six-week abortion ban this week, and hears arguments Dec…

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North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation for the number of migrant farmworkers employed on agricultural farms. (Adobe Stock)
North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation for the number of migrant farmworkers employed on agricultural farms. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, November 29, 2021
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Faith leaders are urging tobacco companies to support migrant workers employed by their contract farms. A group of clergy will meet …

Experts at The Pew Charitable Trusts say the sounds, shorelines and marshes of North Carolina's coast form one of the largest estuary systems in the country. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Experts at The Pew Charitable Trusts say the sounds, shorelines and marshes of North Carolina's coast form one of the largest estuary systems in the country. (Adobe Stock)

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -- North Carolina's Marine Fisheries Commission has approved an updated version of the state's Coastal Habitat Protection Plan…

Kristie Puckett-Williams turned her life around after being incarcerated in a Mecklenburg County jail.(Steve Remich)
Kristie Puckett-Williams turned her life around after being incarcerated in a Mecklenburg County jail.(Steve Remich)

By Ashley Mahoney for the Charlotte Post with support from the Pulitzer Center.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for North Carolina News Service…

Joe Biden has picked 431 nominees to fill key roles in his administration so far, according to a tracker run by the Partnership for Public Service. (Adobe Stock)
Joe Biden has picked 431 nominees to fill key roles in his administration so far, according to a tracker run by the Partnership for Public Service. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Numerous government positions remain unfilled, and experts say overdue nominations and a Senate backlog highlight the need for an …

Early studies have shown that about 25% of people who went to the hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes, according to WebMD. (Adobe Stock)
Early studies have shown that about 25% of people who went to the hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes, according to WebMD. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and state health experts say they are working to educate individuals on ways to reverse pre-…

Marines carry personal items to the top of a hillside near Camp Pendleton in California, contributing to the living memorial. (Katrina Finkelstein)<br />
Marines carry personal items to the top of a hillside near Camp Pendleton in California, contributing to the living memorial. (Katrina Finkelstein)

By Katrina Finkelstein and Derek H. Alderman for The Conversation.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Tennessee News Service. On Veterans Day…

Children are most likely to see gaps in health coverage if they live in the South, according to a new brief from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. (Adobe stock)
Children are most likely to see gaps in health coverage if they live in the South, according to a new brief from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. (Adobe stock)

Monday, November 29, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia has led the nation in expanding health care for pregnant women and children, and now health advocates there are urging the …

Farming is Virginia's largest private industry, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (Adobe Stock)
Farming is Virginia's largest private industry, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- In central Virginia, permanent access to land is one of the biggest barriers to farming. A new land-trust model aims to secure both …

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There are hundreds of natural-gas processing facilities in the nation, and more than half of these plants would meet the Toxics Release Inventory's chemical reporting thresholds for 21 different toxic chemicals, according to the EPA. (Adobe Stock)
There are hundreds of natural-gas processing facilities in the nation, and more than half of these plants would meet the Toxics Release Inventory's chemical reporting thresholds for 21 different toxic chemicals, according to the EPA. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, November 29, 2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Natural-gas processing plants in West Virginia and around the country will soon have to start publicly reporting the chemicals …

Around 32% of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, a decline from 35% last year, according to a recent survey from GasBuddy. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Around 32% of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, a decline from 35% last year, according to a recent survey from GasBuddy. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia gas prices continue to climb, and experts say drivers can expect to shell out more money for gas through next year…

 

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