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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

Globally, an estimated 38 million people live with HIV. (Adobe Stock)
For World AIDS Day, one mother shares her son's legacy

Today is World AIDS Day, a movement to unite people and communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS. According to AIDSVu, in 2021, more than 11,00…

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Today marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day. (Nito/Adobe Stock)
On World AIDS Day, NM activists say more money is needed for prevention

New Mexico activists are tapping today's World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to announce they'll ask the State Legislature to provide more money for treatment …

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Sen. Holly Thompson, R-Scott City, sponsored legislation to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips, which used to be considered drug paraphernalia. (luchschenF/Adobe Stock)
Newly legal fentanyl testing strips help fight overdose deaths in MO

The rise in deaths involving synthetic opioids or fentanyl have overdose-prevention advocates looking for solutions across the nation. Gov. Mike …

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The 340B Drug Pricing Program, a part of the 1992 Public Health Service Act, provides outpatient drugs at deep discounts to safety net providers. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)
Missouri community healthcare centers face 340B uncertainty

While large hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers battle over drug costs, Missouri community health centers see themselves as collateral damage…

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In 2021, more than 36,000 people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day calls for testing, prevention

Today is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Nevada is one of the 10 states with the highest HIV infection rates. In 2021, more than 11,00…

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The Right Time initiative conducted an online survey of 1,000 Missouri residents between April 27 and May 3. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)
Is Birth Control Legal? Many Missourians Unsure

One in four Missourians either doesn't believe or doesn't know that using birth control pills is legal in the state. The Right Time, an initiative …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds declines in HIV/AIDS aren't even across all racial and ethnic groups. The lowest decline was 27% between 2017 and 2021 among young Black and African American gay and bisexual males ages 13 to 24. (Adobe Stock)
Experts: Some New Yorkers Disproportionately Affected by HIV

As New York honors National HIV Testing Day, experts are hoping to end the disproportionate effects of HIV and AIDS. A report from the Human …

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In a 2020 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Hoosiers will face an average lifetime cost of $510,000 to treat their HIV infection. (Adobe Stock)
IN HIV/AIDS Center Urges Participation on National HIV Testing Day

Once viewed as an automatic death sentence with the first diagnosis in 1981, HIV today is met with effective treatment options. Today is National HIV …

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More than 72% of newly diagnosed HIV infection occurred in adult/adolescent Black/African American men, according to North Carolina's 2021 HIV Surveillance report. (Adobe Stock)
HIV/AIDs Treatment Disparities Remain Despite Years of Declining Cases

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and advocates say barriers remain when it comes to testing and social stigma. More than 40% percent …

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This year, consumer prices jumped to their highest level in 40 years, putting extra strain on families who are faced with higher medical bills. (Adobe Stock)
Keeping Childhood Cancer from Crushing a Family's Budget

As Americans make end-of-year donations to their favorite causes, those that help children with cancer and their families say these households need …

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In 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $4.64 million to health departments and community-based organizations in Arkansas for HIV prevention and care. (Oatawa/Adobe Stock)
AR Program Makes HIV Care, Medication More Accessible

Today is World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the disease. Health …

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Access to Care, Medication is Key to HIV Prevention in GA

Today is World AIDS Day, an annual observance to support people living with HIV and remember those who have died from the virus, and encourage others …

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