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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.


Almost 900,000 individuals have received student loan forgiveness since 2021 as a result of the Biden administration streamlining and expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Nearly 400,000 more are within 24 loan payments of becoming eligible. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)
As Louisiana teachers await permanent pay hikes, federal loan relief helps some

In a 2023 survey, 66% of teachers -- compared with 39% of adults in other fields -- said they were unsatisfied with their starting salary. When …

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Black students are twice as likely as white students to be in districts with funding below estimated
LA schools among the nation's most 'chronically underfunded'

A new report finds Louisiana is among a handful of states that chronically underfunds its K-12 schools. Public school funding is largely left up to …

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The Race for Results index measures well-being indicators across states and racial/ethnic groups, highlighting differences in early childhood, education, family resources and neighborhood context.(Adobe Stock)
Louisiana children struggle compared to peers in other states

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2024 Race for Results report examines child well-being, and finds children of color in Louisiana face significant …

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Feeding America estimates more than 57,000 food-insecure people live in Jefferson Parish. (Adobe Stock)<br />
AFT grants to combat food insecurity among students in Jefferson Parish

The American Federation of Teachers recently gave out grants in urban, suburban, and rural communities across America to increase literacy and …

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The state established a 1-mile buffer zone off Elmers Island and Grand Terre Island, and a 3-mile buffer off of Grand Isle. (Adobe Stock)
Fish dumps bring calls for more regulations on commercial menhaden industry

With news of more large-scale fish dumps in coastal Louisiana waters in recent weeks, advocates are calling for more regulations on the menhaden …

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Louisiana has the most narrow menhaden buffer zone among nearby Gulf states. (Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership)
Advocates Call for Menhaden Catch Limits, Buffer Zones off Louisiana Coast

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 …

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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)
Report: LA Remains Stagnant in Overall Child Well-Being

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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