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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.

Maryland

The number of Maryland seniors reporting insufficient sleep increased to 29%, according to the American's Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Report: MD senior health ranks 10th in nation; challenges remain

A new report found Maryland's older residents face worsening physical and behavioral health and looks at the possible reasons. The America's Health …

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The initial phase of the Maryland Tutoring Corps Grant Program will reach 80,000 students in the state. (Adobe Stock/AntonioDiaz)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Report: Maryland ranks 22nd nationally in overall child well-being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published its annual Kids Count Data Book and the report showed the toll the pandemic took on educational progress…

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The FBI last year received more than 200 complaints of the
Elder financial abuse highlighted during AARP PROTECT Week

Saturday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and AARP Maryland is observing its annual PROTECT Week to highlight elder financial abuse. FBI data from …

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People in prison in Maryland will be able to take higher education courses offered in Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. (Adobe Stock/AI)
MD expands prison educational access to all 12 state universities

In a new arrangement, people in prison in Maryland will have access to programs at all the state's public universities. The Maryland Department of …

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Advocates want the Biden Administration to require ships to use low-sulfur fuels or zero-emission technology in U.S. waters. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates call on Biden administration to decarbonize maritime shipping

With the Port of Baltimore nearing a return to full commercial operations, advocates are renewing their call for an executive order to address …

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Nationally, the number of state legislators from the working class has declined since the prior session where 129 or 1.8% were working class. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Only 1% of MD lawmakers are from working class

A new study found the number of state legislators from working-class backgrounds are scarce in Maryland and nationwide. Researchers from Duke …

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Nationally, more than 9 million adults with asthma live in counties receiving a failing grade for at least one air pollutant, according to the American Lung Association. (Adobe Stock)
MD air quality highlighted during Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month and a report on air quality shows mixed results for Marylanders. The American Lung Association recently released its 25…

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Some states disenrolled so many children that they had fewer enrolled than prior to the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Millions disenrolled from CHIP nationwide

As pandemic-era protections were lifted a new report showed the number of children on Medicaid has varied widely between states, with Maryland doing …

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The United States has 25,000 conventional supermarkets and about 15,000 additional grocery retail stores of different kinds, employing more than 2.5 million people. (Adobe Stock/AI)
Report: Grocery revenues exceeded cost increases; profits remain elevated

A new report from the Federal Trade Commission casts doubt on the idea that rising grocery prices in Maryland and nationwide have been due to retailer…

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A report by the Bipartisan Policy Center found an aging election workforce may be a factor in the increasing turnover rate. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Increasing turnover among election officials a long-term trend

A new report shows the increase in turnover among election officials in Maryland and nationwide is not as dramatic as many have feared. The …

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A new Maryland law would limit tech companies' ability to collect location data. (Adobe Stock/AI)
Assembly strengthens data privacy for Marylanders

Advocates are cheering the General Assembly for legislation protecting Marylanders' data privacy and are calling on Gov. Wes Moore to sign the bill…

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More than 700 students from colleges and high schools across the nation will participate in the balloon launches during today's solar eclipse. (Adobe Stock/AI)<br />
Maryland students to study eclipse’s effect on atmosphere

As solar eclipse spectators are gathering in the path of totality, teams of students from Maryland and around the nation are preparing to launch …

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