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Uncovering America's methamphetamine history; PA Early Intervention programs vital for child development; measuring long-term impact of the O.J. Simpson trial on media literacy.

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President Biden's name could be left off the ballot in Alabama and Ohio, the Justice Dept. mandates background checks for gun show purchases, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moves to allow state police to arrest undocumented migrants.

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Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.


The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the largest blackwater wetland ecosystem and the least disturbed freshwater ecosystem on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, April 8, 2024

Wildlife advocates urge stronger safeguards for Okefenokee

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia faces the prospect of a titanium dioxide mine near its border. Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals …

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According to House Bill 1017, a person commits the offense of unlawful squatting when they
Georgia to strengthen property owners' rights against squatters

Georgia lawmakers appear to be taking a major step toward safeguarding property owners against people who occupy homes or apartments illegally…

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According to Thrivent, FAFSA delays are expected to affect more than 17 million students trying to make plans for the 2024-2025 academic year. (Adobe Stock)
FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia seeking college opportunities are encountering delays as they navigate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process…

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According to the American Lung Association, children face special risks from air pollution because their airways are small and still developing, and because they breathe more rapidly and inhale more air relative to their size than do adults. (Adobe Stock)
Experts: New EPA air pollution standards a win for public health

The Environmental Protection Agency has set new air pollution standards under the federal Clean Air Act for cars and light/medium vehicle models from …

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The White House predicted more than 6,500 people with prior federal convictions for simple possession of marijuana, and thousands of such convictions under D.C. law, could benefit from pardons. (Adobe Stock)
Presidential pardons in Georgia highlight marijuana reform trend

President Joe Biden recently granted clemency to 11 people serving lengthy sentences for nonviolent marijuana offenses, sparking discussions on …

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It's estimated that more than 1 million immigrants live in Georgia. (Adobe Stock)
GA advocates rally against legislation aimed at immigrants

Advocates for immigrants gathered at the Georgia State Capitol this week, urging lawmakers to stop legislation they see as potentially harmful…

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According to the Brennan Center for Justice Voting Laws Roundup, voters in 27 states will face restrictions in the 2024 election that they've never experienced in a presidential election, including in Georgia. (Adobe Stock)
Groups reflect on critical step toward equal access to ballot box

As the hearing for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act approaches, advocacy groups are reflecting on its importance. For the nonprofit …

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According to America's Health Rankings data, Georgia ranks 19th in teen suicide. (Adobe Stock)
Georgia community unites to combat rising tide of youth suicide

A coalition of organizations in Georgia is joining forces to combat the rising rate of suicide among children and teenagers. According to national …

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of children aged 6-8 have had a cavity in at least one of their primary (baby) teeth. (Adobe Stock)<br />
GA dental health experts stress importance of early prevention for children

February is Children's Dental Health Month and experts are urging parents to establish good dental health early. According to the Centers for …

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Since 2017, right whales have been experiencing an Unusual Mortality Event, which has resulted in more than 20 percent of the population being sick, injured, or killed. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates call for action to save endangered North Atlantic right whales

Advocates are calling for action to save the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species. The Biden administration has appropriated $…

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In Georgia, more than 75,000 drivers own electric vehicles. (Adobe Stock)
Report details electric vehicle savings for GA drivers

Despite the common belief that electric vehicles are more expensive than gas-powered cars, the latest findings say EVs can actually save their …

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In Georgia, people who owe fines as part of their sentence are not eligible to register to vote, but not all such debt affects voting rights. (Adobe Stock)
Group works to help GA residents understand, restore voting rights

As people in Georgia mobilize for the 2024 General Election, one group wants to make it easier for those with felony records to understand their …

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