Thursday, March 23, 2023

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A proposed flavored tobacco ban is back on the table in Minnesota, Trump attorney Evan Corcoran must testify in the documents probe, and a "clean slate" bill in Missouri would make "expungement" automatic.

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The Fed raises interest rates and reassures the banking system is sound, Norfolk Southern reaffirms a commitment to the people of East Palestine, and TikTok creators gather at the Capitol to support free expression.

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Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Georgia

Most of the 2,900 internet service providers in the U.S. cover small geographic areas, according to BroadbandNow.com. Fewer than 240 of them serve parts of Georgia. (Alena Mozhjer)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Essential Roles for Broadband in Rural GA: A Catalyst for Farmers

In rural Georgia, hardworking farmers grapple with staying competitive in the global market, and some said they are hindered by limited broadband …

In 2023, community college completion rates are 44% for first-time, full-time students in Georgia, according to the Community College Review. (KDavis/peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 20, 2023

Online, Community Colleges Offer Flexibility for Non-Traditional Students

Many Georgia college students have to balance family and work responsibilities with academics. Some are finding non-traditional higher education is …


Georgia teachers are eager for increased mental-health support and planning time in schools. (Robert Peak/Adobe Stock)
GA Proposes Teacher Pay Hikes; Educators Say More Work Needed

Georgia's Fiscal Year 2024 budget could bring a $2,000 salary boost for teachers, addressing the alarming educator shortage. Educators say low wages…

The most iconic species that resides in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge may be the American alligator. An estimated 15,000 alligators live in the refuge area. (Wildspaces/Adobe Stock)
Groups Urge Georgia DEP to Nix Mine Permit Near Okefenokee

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division wants the public to weigh in on whether a titanium mine will be allowed to operate near the Okefenokee N…


According to a study by the EPA's Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions, the disparity in soot exposure between white, Black, Latino, and Asian Americans was consistent across the country, in rural and urban settings and at all income levels. (Adobe Stock)
Group Urges EPA to Set Stronger Rules for Soot Pollution

In Georgia and across the country, advocates for clean air are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to do more to protect public health by …

The average student debt for a Georgia college graduate in 2019-20 was $27,759, according to the Institute of College Access and Success. (Damir Khabirov/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Georgians Head to D.C. to Rally for Student-Loan Debt Cancellation

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments next week in the two cases on student loan debt cancellation. Groups across the country wanting at least …


According to CDC data, more than 37,500 abortions were performed in 2020 in Georgia, a rate of just over 17 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. (Lomb/Adobe Stock)
Reproductive Freedom Act Takes Aim at Current GA Abortion Ban

Reproductive rights groups are supporting legislation to restore abortion access in Georgia. The Reproductive Freedom Act was filed to repeal House …

The CDC recommends parents assist children under age 6 with brushing their teeth until they have developed good brushing skills. (Cecilie Skjold Wackerhausen/Adobe Stock)
Pediatric Dentists See Uptick in Cavities in GA Children

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, giving parents another reason to watch their children's intake of Valentine candy this week…


In the United States, approximately 697,000 people died from heart disease in 2020, accounting for one in every five deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AdobeStock)
GA Heart Expert Explains Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest, Prevention

February is American Heart Month, and a Georgia medical expert said knowing the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest can help save a …

In Georgia, the birth rate in 2023 is just over 12 births per 1,000 people, a 2.25% decline from 2022. (Pololia/Adobe Stock)
Groups Work to Improve Maternal, Infant Death Rates in GA

Preventing maternal and infant mortality in Georgia is a top priority for health care providers in the state. Georgia already has the nation's …


The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes provisions to lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare coverage, including those who take insulin, which went into effect this month.  (Sebra/Adobe Stock)
New Changes to Medicare Set to Benefit Georgia Seniors

Big changes are underway for Medicare participants, after historic legislation put them in motion this month. More than 1.8 million Georgians who …

The top 10 states certified 1,225 projects and more than 353 million gross square feet of commercial space. (Kristina Blokhin/AdobeStock)
GA Ranks in Top 10 for Green Buildings

The Peach State made it onto the top 10 list of states focused on sustainable building practices, according to a new report. Georgia comes in at …


 

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