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Georgia Lawmakers Urged to Support Clean-Energy Investments

April 30, 2021

ATLANTA – With President Joe Biden's global climate summit in the rearview mirror, supporters of clean energy in Georgia are urging the state to ...Read More

Some Alaska Officials Welcome Biden's Climate Initiatives

April 26, 2021

JUNEAU, Alaska -- The White House Climate Leaders Summit emphasized fighting climate change as an economic opportunity, and some Alaskan leaders say ...Read More

New Jersey to Benefit from Biden's Clean Energy, Infrastructure Investments

April 26, 2021

GARDEN CITY, N.J. -- The White House Climate Leaders Summit emphasized fighting climate change as an economic opportunity, and some Garden State ...Read More

Retiree: Pensions Create Better Futures for KS Educators

April 23, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Advocates of pensions are highlighting the need for better retirement security, especially for women in the public workforce. ...Read More

Report: Public Pensions Boost VT Economy, as Lawmakers Debate Lowering Benefits

April 20, 2021

MONTPELIER, Vt. - As the Vermont Legislature debates how to handle underfunded pensions, a new report finds that investing in pension programs boosts ...Read More

OK Lawmakers Expected to Take Up Union-Busting Bill This Week

April 20, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY -- State lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a bill labor groups say could greatly damage school-based unions. Senate Bill ...Read More

Report: MS Cashiers, Maids Have Most to Gain from Medicaid Expansion

April 20, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. -- Low-wage workers in Mississippi's restaurant, construction and retail industries would benefit most if the state expands Medicaid ...Read More

Pensions Help Bridge Retirement Pay Gap for Oklahoma Women

April 19, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY -- With the pandemic throwing a wrench into many older Americans' financial plans, advocates for pensions said they could help bridge ...Read More

Hearing Loss-COVID Link Prompts Ear-Health Reminders

April 16, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – Doctors say they're seeing some patients express concerns about hearing loss after contracting the novel coronavirus. Audiologist ...Read More

Despite Vote, Alabama Amazon Labor Organizing Builds on Civil Rights Work

April 12, 2021

By Gheni Platenburg for YES! Media. Broadcast version by Lily Bohlke for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration Three days was all it ...Read More

New Data Resource Equips Policymakers, Higher Ed to Support Immigrant Students

March 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Researchers are finding ways to clear up misconceptions and support undocumented students, Dreamers, and international and refugee ...Read More

Groups Applaud MD County’s Pioneering Shift to Electric School Buses

March 5, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's largest school system has decided to become the nation's biggest operator of electric school buses, and environmental ...Read More

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