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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of children aged 6-8 have had a cavity in at least one of their primary (baby) teeth. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Monday, February 19, 2024

GA dental health experts stress importance of early prevention for children

February is Children's Dental Health Month and experts are urging parents to establish good dental health early. According to the Centers for …

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Since 2017, right whales have been experiencing an Unusual Mortality Event, which has resulted in more than 20 percent of the population being sick, injured, or killed. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates call for action to save endangered North Atlantic right whales

Advocates are calling for action to save the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species. The Biden administration has appropriated $…

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In Georgia, more than 75,000 drivers own electric vehicles. (Adobe Stock)
Report details electric vehicle savings for GA drivers

Despite the common belief that electric vehicles are more expensive than gas-powered cars, the latest findings say EVs can actually save their …

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In Georgia, people who owe fines as part of their sentence are not eligible to register to vote, but not all such debt affects voting rights. (Adobe Stock)
Group works to help GA residents understand, restore voting rights

As people in Georgia mobilize for the 2024 General Election, one group wants to make it easier for those with felony records to understand their …

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About 60% of the nation's students in chronically underfunded districts are in just 10 states, including Georgia. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Report: Georgia K-12 schools 'critically underfunded'

A new report shows Georgia is among the 39 states that "critically underfunds" its K-12 public schools. The report on the state school finance …

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According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, driving an electric vehicle in Georgia produces 2.3 metric tons of emissions per year, compared with 4.9 metric tons from the average new gasoline-powered car. (Adobe Stock)
Georgia leaders call for stricter 'clean car' standards to curb emissions

Transportation is the leading cause of greenhouse-gas emissions, and some Georgia leaders are demanding stricter clean-energy standards to address …

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Offenders who engage in financially motivated sextortion are often located outside the United States, primarily in west African countries of Nigeria and Ivory Coast, or Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, according to the FBI. (Adobe Stock)
FBI warns about increase in sextortion crimes targeting minors

The FBI is warning the public about an increase in the crime known as "sextortion," when suspects target others and threaten or coerce them into sendi…

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In the United States, more than 44 million people, including 13 million children, experience food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)
GA food banks struggle to meet demand; Farm Bill could help

In a state where nearly 10% of households face food insecurity, Georgia's food banks are grappling with an urgent problem. The nonprofit group …

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $80 million to support more than 200 projects across underserved rural and Native American communities. (Greg Kelton/Adobe Stock)
USDA grants mean lower energy bills for some GA households

A Georgia group is using some U.S. Department of Agriculture Housing Preservation Grant funding to help people stay in and better afford their homes…

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Georgia has an incarceration rate of 968 per 100,000 people in prisons, jails, immigration detention  and juvenile justice facilities. (Adobe Stock)
Can GA overcome racial disparities in its criminal-justice system?

About 60% of those incarcerated in Georgia are people of color. A new report from The Sentencing Project highlights some of the disparities that …

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Azka Mahmood, executive director of CAIR-Georgia, said in an online statement,
GA family calls for changes following threats to Muslim student

The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Georgia and the family of a Warner Robins Middle School student are calling for polic…

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Makerspaces empower students to invent, design and explore through hands-on engagement with science, engineering and tinkering. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)
GA grade-school library embraces, teaches technology

As technology overtakes so many areas of life, one Georgia school is helping students cope by creating a nontraditional approach to its library …

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