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Consumer Advocates Help Americans Navigate Credit Reporting System

February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the economic hardships of the pandemic, consumer advocates say credit is as important as ever, but getting more and more ...Read More

Alphabet Workers Union Calls on Google to Improve Culture, Working Conditions

February 15, 2021

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Employees at Google are urging the company to improve working conditions, especially for contract workers. The Alphabet ...Read More

SC-Made Electric Batteries Powering Buses, Construction Equipment

February 9, 2021

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Electric buses and other heavy vehicles are taking to the streets nationwide, and many are powered with batteries manufactured in ...Read More

Haaland Set to Bring Bipartisanship to Interior Dept.

February 5, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination to lead the U.S. Interior Department is historic for Native Americans. ...Read More

Georgia Latinx Communities Encouraged by Biden Environmental Goals

January 28, 2021

ATLANTA -- Latin American communities in Georgia are welcoming the new White House's commitment to environmental protection. President Joe Biden ...Read More

Report says Vermont's Kids Need More in Pandemic Response

December 31, 2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- With a third COIVD-19 wave looming, a new report identifies critical priorities for children's wellbeing in Vermont. According ...Read More

Report Warns of Potential Trauma for Generation of Georgia Kids

December 31, 2020

ATLANTA -- There's new evidence many Georgia families are coping with severe hardships during the pandemic. A new report from the Annie E. Casey ...Read More

Pandemic Prompts Systemwide Challenges for Kansas Families

December 31, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. -- As the number of coronavirus cases approaches 200,000 in Kansas, new research shows families with children are suffering from the ...Read More

Pandemic Spotlights Struggles of New Jersey Families

December 31, 2020

NEWARK, N.J. -- New data reveal what many policy experts have feared for months: The pandemic has taken a serious toll on the well-being of New ...Read More

Report: Rhode Island Not Meeting Kids' Needs During Pandemic

December 28, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As COVID relief aid was hung up by political in-fighting in Washington, a new report showed Rhode Island is well below the ...Read More

Lack of Full Medicaid Expansion in GA Puts Strain on Rural Hospitals

December 21, 2020

ALBANY, Ga. -- Georgia's rural hospitals are struggling financially. Since 2010, at least nine have closed, including two this fall, and others are ...Read More

Hunters, Anglers, Conservation Groups Outline 2021 Priorities

December 18, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – Hunters, anglers and other conservation groups are laying out their priorities for the next legislative session, and Mississippi ...Read More

Report: AK Families Struggle for Basic Needs During Pandemic

December 18, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska – A new report details the hardships Alaska families are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ...Read More

Hawaii Families Fight to Afford Food, Housing in Pandemic

December 16, 2020

HONOLULU - It's no surprise that Hawaii families are struggling to make ends meet in the pandemic. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ...Read More

Report: Pandemic Weighs Heavily on Mississippi Kids, Families

December 16, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. -- The crushing weight of the pandemic and its economic crisis is showing its effects on Mississippi families, according to a new ...Read More

Hunger, Housing, Mental Health Among Struggles for Alabama Kids

December 16, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - New data shows the pandemic has had crushing effects - especially on Alabama's parents and children. A new report from the ...Read More

Report Shines Light on Struggles of Louisiana Kids During Pandemic

December 16, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. - New data shows the pandemic has had crushing effects, especially on Louisiana's parents and children. The Annie E. Casey ...Read More

More than 140,000 Georgians Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits After Christmas

December 14, 2020

ATLANTA, Ga. -- More than 140,000 Georgians are set to lose their jobless benefits after Christmas, with the two CARES Act unemployment assistance ...Read More

U.S. Citizen Fighting Deportation

December 14, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A man held in immigration detention in Bergen County Jail is being threatened with deportation, but his lawyer said there's a big ...Read More

Report Shows Pandemic's Impact on South Carolina's Kids

December 14, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- New research shows health care, housing, food insecurity and mental health are a challenge for many South Carolina kids during the ...Read More

Winter Surge: COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Put Pressure on GA

December 7, 2020

ATLANTA -- With COVID-19 case numbers on the rise, Georgians are feeling the financial and emotional pressures of the pandemic - from poverty and ...Read More

GA Officials Conducting Largest Hand Recount in U.S. History

November 16, 2020

ATLANTA -- Election workers in all of Georgia's 159 counties have until Wednesday to finish recounting the five million votes cast for president ...Read More

Civil-Rights Groups Urge Miss. Voters to Pass Ballot Measure 2

October 28, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. -- Civil rights groups are urging Mississippians to approve Ballot Measure 2 on Election Day. The constitutional amendment would ...Read More

Georgia Doctor: Fight Climate Change, Fight for Your Health

October 28, 2020

ATLANTA - Doctors and nurses take an oath to protect their patients from harm, and so thousands now are speaking out about the health threats posed ...Read More

Report: Misuse of CARES Act Funding Leaves Alabamians Struggling to Fill Gap

October 8, 2020

By Barbara Koeppel for The Washington Spectator Broadcast version by Lily Böhlke for SoundBite Services SELMA, Ala. -- Now in its seventh month, ...Read More

MS Sees Sharp Rise in Rate of Uninsured Children

October 13, 2020

Jackson, Miss. -- The number of uninsured children in Mississippi is increasing sharply, according to a new report from the Georgetown University ...Read More

Historic Number of Louisiana Kids Lack Health Coverage

October 13, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Even during a time when the economy was notably strong, Louisiana lost ground in ensuring children have access to health coverage....Read More

Report: Georgia Has Fourth-Largest Number of Uninsured Children

October 12, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Georgia has almost 200,000 children without health insurance -- the fourth-largest number in the country, according to a new report ...Read More

Number of Uninsured SC Children Shoots Up by 38 Percent

October 9, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The number of children without health insurance in South Carolina had jumped 38% by 2019, according to a new report released today. ...Read More

Conservation Groups: Climate Question is Key in Presidential Debate

September 28, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- As the nation faces the effects of climate change - from hurricanes in the Southeast to wildfires in the West - conservation groups ...Read More

On World Alzheimer's Day, New Tools Help Shorten Suffering from Dementia

September 21, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. -- To mark World Alzheimer's day today, a new online planning tool is launching to help people decide end-of-life care wishes in ...Read More

Groups Urge Climate Action to Help Vulnerable NJ Coastal Communities

September 14, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's coastal communities are feeling the effects of climate change — more severe storms, flooding, rising sea levels — and ...Read More

Report: Nearly 200K Georgia Voters 'Wrongfully Purged' From Voter Rolls

September 8, 2020

ATLANTA – Voters need to take extra precautions to make sure they're listed as registered for the upcoming election, as a new report reveals that ...Read More

NJ "Aid in Dying" Law Adopted by 42 Care Facilities in First Year

August 3, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey law allowing terminally ill patients to request medical aid in dying is now one year old and has been adopted by ...Read More

Final Approval of Outdoors Act Hailed as Breakthrough

July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Conservation groups and outdoor enthusiasts are cheering passage of a bill that cleared its final hurdle in Congress this week. ...Read More

Dam Removal Brings Fish Back to Paulins Kill

July 13, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. -- After more than 100 years, migratory fish once again are making their way up the Paulins Kill, New Jersey's third largest tributary ...Read More

Report: In Georgia, Children's Well-Being at a Standstill

July 8, 2020

ATLANTA -- The well-being of children in Georgia is stagnating, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual Kids Count ...Read More

Despite Small Gains, Louisiana Child Well-Being Ranks Low

July 8, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana children have seen slight advancement in their overall well-being since 2010, but the state still is stuck at 48th in ...Read More

Coastal Restoration Projects Can Create Jobs Amid COVID-19

July 2, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Congress is considering a bill that would provide funding to coastal communities for investment in ocean and coastal-habitat ...Read More

Hilton Head Program Allows Seafood Lovers to Recycle Oyster Shells

July 1, 2020

HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Oysters are a big business in South Carolina, but the vast majority of oyster shells don't find their way back to the water, ...Read More

Report: Oklahoma Falls in Child Well-Being Rankings

June 26, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma has slipped in a report ranking states on child well-being. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey ...Read More

Report: Alaska Makes Gains in Child Well-Being

June 24, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska has made big strides in child well-being, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual ...Read More

South Carolina Slips in Child Well-Being Rankings

June 24, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina kids are falling behind in some key areas of child well-being, according to new data from the 2020 Kids Count Data ...Read More

GA Educators Push for Federal Dollars for Safe Schools, Elections

June 24, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Georgia educators are urging Congress to pass new legislation that boosts funding for state and local governments to keep schools ...Read More

New Jersey Ranks in Top Ten for Child-Well Being in Pre-Pandemic Survey

June 23, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. – The Garden State ranks eighth in the nation for overall child well-being in a new report from the Annie E. Casey foundation. The ...Read More

Proposed Offshore Closures Target Lobster Gear Harming Right Whales

June 19, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Emergency action is being requested to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Pew Charitable Trusts ...Read More

Alaska Educators Say Federal Aid Crucial for School Reopening

June 15, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Federal funding from the next stimulus bill in Congress is crucial in order to reopen Alaska public schools, educators in the ...Read More

Economists Call for $1 Trillion in Aid to State, Local Governments

June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. –- State and local governments need a massive influx of federal dollars in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill, according to a new ...Read More

Amid Pandemic, More Vermont Families Relying on Safety-Net Programs

April 7, 2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont households now can complete the 2020 census form online or by phone: That's the message children's advocacy groups want ...Read More

Geography, Coronavirus Challenges for Alaska Census Count of Children

April 3, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska – The new coronavirus pandemic is magnifying the problems Alaska faces in getting an accurate count for the 2020 Census, especially of ...Read More