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Airline travel and more disrupted by global tech outage; Nevada gets OK to sell federal public lands for affordable housing;Science Moms work to foster meaningful talks on climate change; Scientists reconsider net-zero pledges to reach climate goals.

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As Trump accepts nomination for President, delegates emphasize themes of unity and optimism envisioning 'new golden age.' But RNC convention was marked by strong opposition to LGBTQ rights, which both opened and closed the event.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Connecticut is the top state in the U.S. searching for Ozempic online, according to data from Google Trends. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 19, 2024
Counterfeit medicine sales are on the rise, in Connecticut and nationwide. The state faced trouble with growing sales of counterfeit Xanax pills …

A new report from the University of Connecticut School of Public Policy found Hispanic men face the lowest pay equity of all new and long-term hires in Connecticut's government workforce. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
A new report finds Connecticut's state government can improve pay equity and representation. The University of Connecticut School of Public Policy …

Since 2018, AARP Connecticut's Livable Communities grant program has funded 38 projects across the state. (Adobe Stock)
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AARP Connecticut is accepting applications for grants for community improvement projects across the state. The "Livable Communities" program awards …

With the End-of-Life Options Act, Delaware would join ten other states and Washington, D.C., that have authorized medical aid in dying. (Adobe Stock)
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The Delaware General Assembly has approved legislation to allow terminally ill adults access to prescription drugs so if they are suffering, they can …

The Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed 22% of Delaware children living in households with a high housing cost burden in 2022, an improvement from 28% in 2019. (luckybusiness)
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Delaware is ranked 31st in the nation for the overall health and welfare of children but its education ranking is much lower at 45th, according to …

Delaware House Bill 140, the Ron Silverio/Heather Block End-of-Life Options Act, was introduced by Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark. The bill has a record-high 16 co-sponsors, including all members of the Democratic legislative leadership. (motortion/Adobe Stock)
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Advocates supporting the legalization of medical aid in dying in Delaware are optimistic following the recent passage of House Bill 140. It is now …

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The town office and post office in Machias, Maine, could face biannual flooding by 2050, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Charlie/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
A new report is warning of threats to Maine's coastal infrastructure. From power plants and post offices to affordable housing units, the report …

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued its busiest preseason Atlantic hurricane season forecast ever in 2024, predicting the North Atlantic could see 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes by the end of November. (Adobe Stock)
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Forecasters are warning New Englanders to prepare for an "above-normal" number of hurricanes this summer. Hurricane Beryl was already the strongest …

The National Retirement Risk Index finds half of U.S. households will not be able to maintain their standard of living when they retire, even if they were to work until age 65 and annuitize all financial assets. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Supporters of a new state-sponsored retirement savings program in Maine are celebrating a significant milestone. More than six months after the …

The Port of Baltimore Federal Channel was fully reopened when restored to its original operational dimensions of 700 feet wide by 50 feet deep on June 10. (Adobe Stock)
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Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard testimony on the state and federal response to the collapse of the Key Bridge…

The Poor People's Campaign said if poor and low-income people voted at the same rate as those in higher income brackets, they would have the power to sway elections in every state. (AI/Adobe Stock)
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With chants of "We are the swing vote," poor and low-wage workers gathered in Washington, D.C., recently to rally and strategize ahead of the …

A 2022 survey found that half of all adults in the United States said someone in their family had experienced a severe mental health crisis. (Adobe Stock/AI)
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A new report looking at the rollout of the 988 suicide and crisis hotline finds a wide variance between states, with Maryland among those taking …

Scientists say in order to avert the worst effects of climate change, global temperature increase must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius and emissions cut by 45% by 2030 to reach net zero by 2050. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
By Stephen Battersby for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Broadcast version by Kathryn Carley for Commonwealth News Service…

At least 36% of U.S. bridges need repair, including more than 76,000 in need of replacement, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Massachusetts will receive close to $1 billion in federal funding to replace the Cape Cod bridges. Lawmakers said it is the largest single bridge …

In 2015, the Supreme Court extended marriage equality to all 50 states in Obergefell v. Hodges. A new survey reveals the vast majority of same-sex couples married for love while 75% said they also married for legal protections. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
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Twenty years after Massachusetts became the first state to permit marriage equality, a majority of same-sex married couples say it had a profound …

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Researchers Anna O'Brien, left, and Ciana Lazu examine a sample of duckweed found at Mill Pond in Durham, New Hampshire. (UNH Marketing)
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
University of New Hampshire scientists said a common aquatic plant called duckweed could help filter polluting runoff from dairy farms and so-called m…

Roughly 57% of New Hampshire's population with disabilities has at least some college education, compared with 50% nationally, according to the University of New Hampshire.(Adobe Stock)
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Disability groups in New Hampshire are calling for an end to the word "special" to describe people with disabilities. They said terms like "special" …

More than 90,000 people in New Hampshire live in a community that does not have enough mental health professionals, according to NAMI New Hampshire. (Adobe Stock)
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Two years since activation of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, a new report found New Hampshire could improve resources for the mental health …

Experts say addiction treatment outcomes are much better when a health care provider speaks the language and understands the culture of the patient. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
More than 85,000 people are admitted each year in New Jersey to treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction, and experts say language can be a …

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of emergency room visits related to heat-induced illnesses increased from an average of 151 per 100,000 visits in 2018-2022 to 180 per 100,000 in 2023. (Adobe Stock)
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As the calendar turns to summer, emergency rooms start seeing more patients due to seasonal injuries and illnesses and expanded virtual health care …

In 2019 the rate of chronic absenteeism nationally was 16%; in 2022 that figure reached 30%. (Adobe Stock)
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published its annual Kids Count Data Book, and the report shows the impact of the pandemic on educational outcomes…

A 2015 NOAA report finds GE didn't do enough dredging in the Hudson River, and the EPA didn't force the company to do more. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
New York environmentalists want the Environmental Protection Agency to re-dredge the Hudson River. This comes after the agency released its latest …

While a New York antitrust bill considers closing loopholes in existing laws, a new report shows more can be done. This includes adding a racial-justice lens to antitrust laws and leveraging other economic regulatory tools to rein in corporate power. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
New York legislation can address growing anti-trust concerns. The 21st Century Anti-Trust Act updates the state's aged anti-trust laws and closes …

As of 2022, the New York State Comptroller's Office found only 29% of the state's electricity is generated from clean energy. (Adobe Stock)
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A new report shows New York will have to delay its 2030 climate goals. The report from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority …

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Pennsylvania Department of Health data from 2020 shows a high safety profile for abortions, with only 239 complications reported out of 32,123 procedures performed. (Longfin Media/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 18, 2024
In Pennsylvania, a unique mobile van brings reproductive resources to communities across Western Pennsylvania. A new podcast, called "(In)Accessible,…

At its June 1 commencement, 83 students received diplomas as part of the second graduating class of the Erie County Community College class of 2024. Commencement speaker First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Pennsylvania Auditor General Timothy DeFoor underscored the importance of continued community support for the school. (Peopleimages/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
As some colleges in Pennsylvania and nationwide close their doors, one school in Erie has taken a big step toward making higher education more …

The USDA claims its electronic tag requirements will prevent disease outbreaks and protect beef export markets. (Jackie Nix/Adobe Stock)
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon require electronic eartags for cattle and bison that cross state lines. The USDA says its rule will …

Rhode Island has one of the nation's highest percentages of students enrolled in early childhood education programs. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)
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Rhode Island has ranked 12th in the nation for child well-being according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The …

Rhode Island's average annual cost of infant care is $13,696, equating to $1,141 per month, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The state ranks 13th among states for most expensive infant care. (Adobe Stock)
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A new annual report finds Rhode Island families need better access to affordable child care. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book …

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40% of children have undergone at least one adverse childhood experience, such as<br />family economic hardship or their parents having divorced, separated or served time in jail, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Experts say these experiences are negatively impacting students' academic success. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Vermont ranks high in child well-being, but post-pandemic learning loss continues to impact educational outcomes, according to a new report. The 202…

Vermont residents in need of new insulation, appliances or heating systems can calculate their emergency flood-rebate eligibility by using the Rewiring America online calculator at efficiencyvermont.com. (Adobe Stock)
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By Annie Ropeik for Energy News Network.Broadcast version by Kathryn Carley for Maine News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Publ…

Between 2007-11 and 2017-21, smaller percentages of children in every racial and ethnic group were enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten, with the largest drops for Black, Asian and Pacific Islander and white children, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation report. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Children of color in Vermont fare relatively well compared to their peers nationwide, but a new report says economic disparities persist for their …

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