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Air pollution linked to coal plants more deadly than previously thought; Israel-Hamas truce extends as aid reaches Gaza; high school seniors face big college application challenges.

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House Republicans differ on January 6th footage, Speaker Johnson says any Ukraine funding must include changes to border policy and former New Jersey Governor Christie says former President Trump is fueling anti-Semitism and hate.

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Rural low income youth, especially boys, experience greater economic mobility than those in cities, a new government rule should help level the playing field for small poultry growers, and the Kansas Governor wants her state to expand Medicaid.

Florida

In 2022, about 29% of the people in Florida's prison system were age 50 or older, which is one reason their advocates are urging state lawmakers to ensure prison housing units are climate-controlled. (geralt/Pixabay)
Heat crisis in FL prisons: Lawmakers urged to add air conditioning

Florida lawmakers are being asked to use the winter months to swiftly install air conditioning in prison housing units before the return of scorching …

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According to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at UNESCO, plastic waste makes up 80% of all marine pollution, and around 8 to 10 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. (Flockine/Pixabay)
Community activists engage in hands-on beach cleanup initiative

Olympic swimmer turned environmental activist Merle Liivand has seen a rise in plastic waste while navigating the Intracoastal canals of South Florida…

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The number of living Medal of Honor recipients has been steadily declining. (sranson/Pixabay)
National Medal of Honor Museum: Veterans' year-round salute of service

On Veterans Day, many Floridians will pay tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, and for football fans, more than a dozen Medal …

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The Biden administration unveiled the U.S. Labor Department's proposed Retirement Security Rule, which aims to restrict
Proposed rule aims to protect retirement savers from unscrupulous advisers

The Biden administration has proposed a rule to help people save more in retirement and avoid "junk" fees from unscrupulous financial advisers…

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Climate change with rising seas is making it more dangerous, and much more expensive, to live on the subtropical islands at the southern tip of Florida. (Stingrea1/Pixabay)
In face of rising seas, Monroe County adapts, innovates

By Steve MacLaughlin for NBC Miami.Broadcast version by Trimmel Gomes for Florida News Connection reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Publi…

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Florida Power & Light, a subsidiary of NextEra, continues to receive a high grade when it comes to its plans to transition to clean energy, according to the Sierra Club's 2023 Dirty Truth Report. (Ulleo/Pixabay)
Report: Florida Power & Light scores high in transition to clean energy

In its latest report rating the progress of utility companies transitioning from fossil fuels such as coal into clean energy like wind and solar…

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A mural project celebrates the Endangered Species Act and the smalltooth sawfish. (Kelly Quinn)
Mural raises awareness for FL's smalltooth sawfish

A vibrant installation at today's SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival is designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act …

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Floridians for Dental Access is collecting firsthand stories from Floridians about their challenges getting access to dental services that can be shared with policymakers. (Pixabay)
Floridians share stories of struggles in 'dental health crisis'

Listing dental care as the top unmet health-care need in Florida, one group is helping Floridians share their stories and challenges in getting that …

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A Lumina Foundation/Gallup poll found Hispanic students struggled more than those of any other race or ethnicity to stay enrolled in post-high school education and training programs in 2022. (Pixabay)
Poll: Hispanic students most likely to consider 'stopping out' of college

The latest poll of Hispanic community college students finds more than half have considered quitting school in the last year. In the Lumina …

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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)
Educators preserve, shape future with 'ALT NEW COLLEGE'

The so-called conservative "hostile takeover" of a small, progressive liberal arts college in Florida is seeing some resistance from former students …

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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)
Avoid last-minute crush of choosing a health plan

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 …

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The Florida Board of Governors' statement on the Supreme Court's landmark affirmative action decision:
A Challenge to Help Redesign Higher-Ed Admissions Process

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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