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Educators preserve, shape future with 'ALT NEW COLLEGE'; NY appeals court denies delay for Trump civil fraud trial; Michigan coalition gets cash influx to improve childcare.

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A House Committee begins its first hearing in the Biden impeachment inquiry, members of Congress talk about the looming budget deadline and energy officials testify about the Maui wildfires.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five of the young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)
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The number of children locked behind bars in Alabama has declined, but their advocates said more needs to be done to create alternatives to …

According to the EPA, tropical storms and hurricanes have become more intense during the past 20 years.(Adobe Stock)
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In rural Alabama, where hurricanes and tornadoes are a constant threat, communities often struggle with damage and limited resources for extended …

Almost half of Alabama residents in the coverage gap are people of color, which advocates said stems from institutional racism and oppression, and 60% live below the poverty line. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
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In recent years, Alabama has faced a critical need for Medicaid expansion due to ongoing struggles with the state's health care system. …

In the latest annual survey on the website BroadbandNow, Arkansas ranks 49th among states for internet coverage, speed and availability. (Maria/Adobe Stock) <br /><br />
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
In rural Arkansas, access to healthcare can be a distant dream - literally - as almost 60 counties in the state do not have enough providers to serve …

In Arkansas, early voting starts Feb. 19 for the March 5 primary election. (Rawpixel.com/AdobeStock)
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It is National Voter Registration Day. Ahead of the municipal election on November 14th, there is an urgent push for voter registration in the …

In the Natural State, 33% of children from birth to age 6 are eligible for a Child Care & Development Block Grant subsidy under federal rules, on average, each month. (Bernardbodo/Adobe Stock)<br />
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Across the country and in Arkansas, some day care providers face the threat of closure when federal government aid initiated during the pandemic …

Alt New College is offering courses in partnership with the New College community and with support from Bard the Open Society University Network, OSUN. (Pixabay)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
The so-called conservative "hostile takeover" of a small, progressive liberal arts college in Florida is seeing some resistance from former students …

Nov. 1 is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll or change health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The dates for changes are mid-Sept through early December for employer-sponsored coverage, and from Oct. 15-Dec. 7 for Medicare. (Edar/Pixabay)
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When it comes to open enrollment and navigating the many health care options, experts say starting your research sooner rather than later is the best …

The Florida Board of Governors' statement on the Supreme Court's landmark affirmative action decision: "The Free State of Florida has not employed affirmative action in our higher education system since the implementation of the One Florida Initiative in 1999." (Leo_Fontes/Pixabay)
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If applying for college was not so difficult, maybe more people would enroll, which is the premise of a new challenge to states and universities…

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Depending on your income and circumstances, you may qualify for financial assistance to lower your monthly insurance premium and potentially reduce out-of-pocket costs in Georgia through HealthCare.gov. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
It is almost time to select health insurance for the coming year in Georgia. Open enrollment dates are a little different depending on your type of …

According to Alliance for Youth Action, if the November 2022 election were held today, 53% of young voters in battleground states would vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress, while 42% would vote for the Republican candidate for Congress. Independent voters favor Republican candidates, 49% to 41%.<br />
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Georgia's young people could shift the political landscape of the state in the near future. New data from the Brookings Institution indicates that …

The report calls for lawmakers to pass the Forest Management for Rural Stability Act. It would create a permanent endowment fund, for stable funding for rural public lands, county services and education. (Felix Mizioznikov/Adobe Stock)
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Rural areas in Georgia are looking for ways to strengthen their communities with policies that address the climate crisis, infrastructure, and …

Cynthia, Tatum and Damareus, with other members of the True Up Peer Network. (Kentucky Youth Advocates)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
A lack of housing options, mental-health challenges and a lack of connections and support have combined to drive an uptick in the number of foster …

More than thirty states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized low-level cannabis possession offenses, according to The Marijuana Policy Project. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Kentuckians continue to be charged, jailed and fined for cannabis-related offenses at high rates, despite dramatic shifts in public opinion, …

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)
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The number of children behind bars in Kentucky has declined significantly in recent years, but their advocates said more work could be done to create …

Louisiana remains the only Gulf Coast state without regulations on menhaden fishing. (Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership)
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Advocates are calling for catch limits and a buffer zone to protect menhaden in the Gulf of Mexico. Menhaden, known in Louisiana as pogies, are small …

One measure of children's well-being has not improved in Louisiana. The number of kids in poverty remained at 27% between 2019 and 2021, according to the new Kids Count Data Book. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report finds Louisiana has stagnated on measures to improve children's well-being. The Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

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Mississippi's Nov. 7 election is to choose a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, members of the Legislature and other offices. (Burlingham/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Ahead of the general election on November 7, there is an urgent push for voter education in the Magnolia State. In 2020, more than 1.9 million …

Nationwide, nearly 12% of delinquent youth in secure correctional custody have been incarcerated for violating probation or after-care rules, not for committing new criminal offenses. <br />(Miguel Aguirre/Adobe Stock)
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The number of children behind bars in Mississippi has declined significantly in recent years, but their advocates say more work could be done to …

Mississippians with diabetes have medical expenses about 2.3 times higher than those who are not diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)
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The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in Mississippi. About one in seven Mississippians lives with diabetes. Jernard A. Wells, cookbook …

In 1920, Black people made up 14% of all farmers. It is estimated Black farmers lost around $326 billion worth of land within the 20th century. BIPOC farmers now make up less than 5% of all U.S. farmers. (Heather Craig/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Advocates are drawing attention to systemic racism in farming across North Carolina and the nation. The National Farm Worker Ministry is hosting its …

In the last 18 years, 195 rural hospitals in the U.S. have either closed completely (100) or converted to emergency or outpatient care only (95), based on data from the University of North Carolina's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
It is almost time to select health insurance for the coming year in North Carolina, which means starting your research now and getting acquainted …

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)
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The number of children behind bars in North Carolina has declined significantly in recent years, but their advocates said more work could be done to …

Beaufort County is ranked among the healthiest among all 46 counties in South Carolina.(Olivia Lewis/Direct Relief)
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In celebration of Juneteenth, one South Carolina organization is shining a spotlight on health equity for all communities - and showcasing their …

While most health data for South Carolina children showed declines in this year's Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book, the number of kids without health insurance improved slightly. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report finds South Carolina could be doing better to support children's health. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest Kids Count Data …

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Ford's BlueOval City complex could create up to 30,000 jobs in the region, including site operations and support positions, with more than $1 billion in annual earnings. (Mike Mareen/Adobe Stock)
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Most of the news about the automotive industry this month is focused on the United Auto Workers' strike against the Big Three automakers, but the …

The last open enrollment period saw a record high number of Tennessee residents signing up for health insurance. More than 340,000 people enrolled in private health plans. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)
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The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace begins Nov. 1, and experts urge consumers to do some research …

Tennessee is among 17 states where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says infant mortality rates are "significantly higher" than the overall national rate. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)<br />
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In Tennessee, a pregnancy shouldn't be fatal - but Black women are three times more likely to die than white women from pregnancy-related causes…

According to AARP Virginia, 80% of nursing homes in the state do not meet the staffing requirements set by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
A new report finds Virginia's long-term care facilities need improvement to better serve their residents. AARP's Long-Term Care Services and …

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement found while older forests accumulate more carbon than younger ones, a younger forest can remove more carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere than an older forest. (Adobe Stock)
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Virginia environmental advocates are looking for protections of old-growth forests. In 2022, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to have …

While evictions declined dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have since reached pre-pandemic levels. The first quarter of 2023 saw around 35,000 eviction filings in Virginia, a slight decline from the last two quarters of 2022. (Adobe Stock)
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Advocates for affordable housing in Virginia are holding a forum today for Richmond region candidates to speak with local residents about the state's …

A decade ago, the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation began to privatize prison food, signing a three-year, $145 million contract with Aramark with the reported goal of reducing prison operating costs. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, September 29, 2023
West Virginia's contracts with Aramark Correctional Services have come under scrutiny after a lawsuit brought by incarcerated residents, alleging …

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, approximately one in five youths held in juvenile facilities are awaiting trial and have not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)
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The number of children behind bars in West Virginia has declined significantly in recent years, but their advocates said more work could be done to …

Universities across the country are facing declining enrollment and increasing financial challenges. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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A group of West Virginia Democratic delegates is calling for a special session to address West Virginia University's budget shortfall. Del. Evan …

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