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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.

Vermont

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 />
Pandemic learning-loss, economic hardship impacting VT childrens’ well-being

Vermont ranks high in child well-being, but post-pandemic learning loss continues to impact educational outcomes, according to a new report. The 202…

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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)
Flood-impacted VT households rebuild for climate resilience

By Annie Ropeik for Energy News Network.Broadcast version by Kathryn Carley for Maine News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Publ…

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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 />
Report reveals economic disparities for children of color in Vermont

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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The majority of caterpillars and moth species rely on the leaf layer for their primary habitat, allowing them to serve as the primary food source for backyard birds and their young during nesting season. (Adobe Stock)
Leaving the leaves helps wildlife thrive, VT gardens grow

Autumn leaves will soon be falling and a growing number of homeowners in Vermont are willing to leave them on the ground. A new survey from the …

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Advocates for families say the failings of the child care market also affect the current and future health of Vermont's economy, costing the state $195 million a year in lost earnings, productivity and tax revenue, according to one study. (Adobe Stock)
Lack of Available Child Care Impacts VT Economy, Families

Vermont ranks fourth in the nation on measures of child well-being, according to a new report. The 2023 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E…

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