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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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Lawmakers consider changes to Maine's Clean Election law, Florida offers a big no comment over "arranged" migrant flights to California, and the Global Fragility Act turns U.S. peacekeeping on its head.

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A bipartisan effort aims to preserve AM radio, the Human Rights Campaign declares a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people, and the Atlanta City Council approves funding for a controversial police training center.

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Oregon may expand food stamp eligibility to some undocumented households, rural areas have a new method of accessing money for roads and bridges, and Tennessee's new online tool helps keep track of cemetery locations.


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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Backlash Grows on Removing DEI Standards from GA Teacher Training

Educator training programs in Georgia would not contain diversity, equity and inclusion terms, if the Georgia Professional Standards Commission …

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The Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Court Battle Ends with Major Implications for Wetlands in GA, U.S.

More than 7.7 million acres in Georgia are wetlands, and groups aware of their value to the environment are worried the watery acreage might be in …

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Georgia is the 26th jurisdiction to decriminalize medical marijuana use. (Adobe Stock)
Cannabis Equity: The Importance of Reform and Access to Dispensaries

The rise of medical cannabis dispensaries in Georgia is highlighting the need for reform and equitable access. One of the state's first dispensaries …

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More 15-year-olds discussed finances with their parents when the topic was something the teens wanted to buy, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. (Adobe Stock)
Initiative Aims to Improve GA Teens' Financial Literacy

Aiming to close the financial literacy divide among teens and young adults, one investment company has set a goal of reaching one million of them by 2…

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The global trucking industry is estimated to reach $1 trillion by 2025. (Carolyn Franks/Adobe Stock)
Groups Help Reduce Barriers for GA Women in Trucking

Two groups are working to create equal opportunities for Black and Latina women in the trucking industry. The Truist Foundation has pledged $1.5 …

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In the decade prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 43% of students reported they felt like part of their school community. After dropping sharply, the numbers have rebounded. (Adobe Stock)
Data Shows Striking Gap in Student Support After Pandemic

As the pandemic draws to a close, one group is raising awareness of the crucial need for student support and mental health resources. According to …

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Once laptops have expired, they don't receive updates and can't access secure websites. (Adobe Stock)
Right to Repair Chromebooks Could Save GA Schools $63 Million

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund is urging Google to allow Chromebook owners a right to repair the devices and extend their …

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Kinship-care placements with relatives and close friends increased from 14% in 2006 to 22% in 2021 according to the Fostering in Youth Transitions 2023 report. (Pressmaster/Adobe Stock)
Report: Older Foster Youths Lean Toward Higher Ed

Children who stay in foster care beyond age 18 are likely to pursue higher education, according to the Fostering in Youth Transitions 2023 report by …

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In Georgia, 1,156,660 people are facing hunger - and of them, 335,720 are children. (Adobe Stock)
GA Food Banks Prep for Increased Need One Year After Pandemic SNAP Ends

Georgia's food banks are taking action to address the growing demand for their services ahead of summer break. Frank Sheppard, Feeding the Valley …

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The state of Georgia hosted 412 productions, represented by 32 feature films, 36 independent films, 269 television and episodic productions, 42 commercials and 33 music videos between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. (Adobe Stock)
Writers’ Strike Could Affect GA Economy, Jobs

Thousands of writers are currently on strike following a breakdown in negotiations with the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictur…

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According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are about 19 million veterans age 18 and older in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Georgia Acts to Improve Mental Health Support for Veterans, Families

A new effort is underway in Georgia to improve mental health support for veterans and their loved ones, as Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill aimed at …

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In a 2019 survey, almost 50% of Democrats and almost 40% of Republicans said they'd consider crossing party lines to vote for a candidate they thought could
Group Explores Ways to Have Difficult Conversations in Divisive Times

At a time when it's easy to find something to disagree about, whether it's politics or social issues, one organization is working to help others have …

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