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GA Lawmakers Urge Biden: Accelerate Clean Energy for National Security

April 22, 2022

On Earth Day, two Georgia elected officials are joining more than 475 other lawmakers around the country to urge President Joe Biden to activate the ...Read More

'An Unspoken Need': Feds Slash Planned Funding for Diaper Banks

March 18, 2022

The federal government has slashed funding for diaper banks in its annual appropriations bill, but one Louisiana advocate said even getting lawmakers ...Read More

AL Groups to Congress: Pass Full-Year Appropriations Bill

March 8, 2022

Groups in Alabama are urging Congress to pass a fully funded, full-year appropriations bill, instead of the stopgap continued resolutions for the ...Read More

GA Bill Aims to Reduce Gender Wage Gap through Salary Transparency

March 7, 2022

A bill in the Georgia Legislature aims to improve pay equity in the state, by preventing employers from asking about salary history during the hiring ...Read More

Poll Shows Broad Support for Medical Aid-in-Dying Policies

March 7, 2022

A new poll shows strong voter support for medical aid-in-dying legislation that would allow mentally sound, terminally ill patients with fewer than ...Read More

Groups Urge GA Lawmakers to Focus on EV Adoption, Reducing Air Pollution

March 3, 2022

It's Electric Vehicle (EV) Day at the Georgia Capitol, and environmental advocates argued the pressure is on now to pass EV legislation and use funds ...Read More

DE Lawmakers: Poll Shows Strong Support for End-of-Life Options Act

March 2, 2022

According to a new poll, more than half of voters across the nation are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports medical aid in dying, and ...Read More

RI Kids Risk Losing Health Coverage When COVID Emergency Ends

February 28, 2022

Rhode Island and states across the country will face challenges when the public health emergency ends and its continuous health coverage provision ...Read More

When COVID Policy Expires, More SC Kids at Risk for Losing Health Coverage

February 22, 2022

The number of South Carolina kids enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP jumped by around 9% between February 2020 and June of last year, according to the ...Read More

Under Federal Bill, KS Tribes Could See Major Wildlife Protection Boost

February 14, 2022

On tribal lands, conservationists often deal with uncertainty in securing federal grants to protect wildlife. They're hoping Congress signs off on a ...Read More

GA Groups: Can Monthly Cash Payments Make Economy More Equitable?

February 14, 2022

Maureen Gardner is proud of her 5-month-old son Garrett, who she says can already identify the color red and is growing so fast that he fits into ...Read More

Federal Plan Would Help Oklahoma Tribes Manage Wildlife Corridors

February 14, 2022

On tribal lands, conservation groups often deal with uncertainty in securing federal grants to protect wildlife, and are hoping Congress signs off on ...Read More

Advocates Speak Out Against Sky-High Utility Bills

November 18, 2021

ALBANY, Ga. -- Utility bills in southwest Georgia are crushing low-income residents, according to a new report called People Over Profit: The ...Read More

Build Back Better Would Help Buoy HI Families, Advocates Say

November 17, 2021

HONOLULU - The U.S. House could take up a vote on the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan as early as this week. In Hawaii, proponents of the ...Read More

Georgia Group Presses for Passage of Build Back Better Act

November 17, 2021

ATLANTA - The U.S. House of Representatives may vote on the Build Back Better Act as soon as this week - and groups that have vowed to fight climate ...Read More

What 'Build Back Better' Could Mean for N.J. Families

November 15, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. – The U.S. House of Representatives intends to vote on the "Build Back Better" plan this week, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The ...Read More

As COP26 Continues, US Advocates Push for Domestic Action

November 10, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- As leaders from around the world meet in Glasgow, the United States' plan to tackle climate change is coming into focus....Read More

Poll: Strong Support for Expanding Offshore Wind in NJ

November 8, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. – A vast majority of voters in New Jersey want to expand offshore wind. That's according to a recent poll, which finds ...Read More

HI Official Joins World Leaders in Glasgow to Demand Bold Climate Action

November 5, 2021

NORTH KONA, Hawaii -- Hawaii officials are among those heading to the annual international climate summit, and they are urging the U.S. to make good ...Read More

While World Leaders Meet in Glasgow, U.S. Climate Plan Could Help GA

November 5, 2021

ATLANTA -- As leaders from around the world meet in Glasgow, the United States' plan to tackle climate change is coming into focus. The Build Back ...Read More

Voter Protection Groups: New Maps Dilute Alabama's BIPOC Voices

November 1, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Groups watching Alabama's redistricting process say new voting district maps dilute the voting strength of communities of color, ...Read More

Group Empowers Young Indigenous Kelp Farmers, Works to Build Regenerative Economy

October 11, 2021

By Judy Bankman for Yes! Media.Broadcast version by Lily Bφhlke for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND, Alaska ...Read More

Some NJ Educators Closer to Being Debt-Free With Loan-Forgiveness Changes

October 7, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. -- Major changes are on their way to the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which could have a big ...Read More

Georgia Business Group Backs Biden's Build Back Better Plan

September 27, 2021

ATLANTA -- Business leaders in Georgia and across the country are urging Congress to take action to curb climate change by supporting the Biden ...Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Regulation Putting Southern Beaufort Sea Polar Bears At Risk

September 21, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska conservation groups are suing the Biden administration over a new regulation, which allows companies to "harass" polar ...Read More

Conservation Groups Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week

September 20, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- It is Sea Otter Awareness Week, a time for Alaskans to learn about the adorable mammal that is making a comeback. In the ...Read More

As GA Schools Reopen, Tips for Helping With Emotional Distress

August 26, 2021

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As many Georgia children re-enter classrooms this week, their mental well-being is in the spotlight as in-person learning may spark ...Read More

Poll: Delaware Voters Struggle to Afford Quality Health Care

August 25, 2021

DOVER, Del. - The pandemic has made more people think about their health than ever, and a new poll of Delaware voters shows they're as concerned as ...Read More

GA Climate Leaders Call on Rep. Bourdeaux to Support Budget Bill

August 24, 2021

ATLANTA -- Local leaders in the battle to curb climate change are calling on Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Ga., to support the so-called Build Back ...Read More

Federal Child Tax Credit Providing Lifeline for GA Families

August 12, 2021

ATLANTA -- More than 2.2 million Georgia kids are benefiting as their families see extra money from the extended federal Child Tax Credit. The ...Read More

Transportation Secretary's GA Visit Highlights Clean-Energy Investments

August 6, 2021

ATLANTA -- As U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Georgia today, community advocates are highlighting the importance of ...Read More

Calls to Reimburse Telehealth Providers at Same Rates as In-Person Care

August 4, 2021

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The pandemic has revealed the benefits of telemedicine, but advocates are concerned that some Vermont providers may not be able to ...Read More

Business Groups Speak Out in Favor of Postal Service Reform

July 26, 2021

ATLANTA -- Supporters of the U.S. Postal Service are pressing for passage of a bill to shore up the agency and affirm its commitment to ...Read More

Postal Service Reform Attracts Support from Business Groups

July 26, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Supporters of the U.S. Postal Service are pressing for passage of a bill to shore up the agency and affirm its commitment to ...Read More

Pandemic's Stress, Isolation Affects Eating Nationwide

July 8, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. – COVID-19 affected nearly every facet of people's lives – including eating. American Psychological Association research finds ...Read More

DE Lawmakers Urged to Pass End-of-Life Options Act

July 2, 2021

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Delaware lawmakers reintroduced the End of Life Options Act this week, and supporters say if it passes, it will help many people ...Read More

Report: Rhode Island Ranks Middle of Pack for Child Well-Being

June 29, 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island ranks 23rd, pretty much in the middle among states, in a new report about child wellbeing, and advocates for ...Read More

Report Rates MS Lowest in Nation for Child Well-Being, But Seeing Gains

June 29, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. -- Despite falling to the bottom of national rankings on overall child wellbeing, a new annual report shows Mississippi was making ...Read More

Alabama Not Keeping Pace with Other States on Child Well-being

June 25, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Troubling trends in Alabama may have made the pandemic harder for children, a new report shows. The latest Annie E. Casey's ...Read More

For SC Kids, It’s One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

June 28, 2021

CHARLESTON, S.C. – South Carolina ranks in the bottom tenth – number 41 in the nation – on measures of overall child well-being – and that was before ...Read More

GA's Pre-Pandemic Progress on Child Well-Being Could be Lost

June 28, 2021

ATLANTA – An annual report on child well-being in Georgia underscores the need for specific action to repair the damage caused by the pandemic. ...Read More

Report: COVID May Hurt Strides in Economic Well-Being for NJ Families

June 23, 2021

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey ranks sixth among states for overall child well-being, but local advocates for children and their families say more ...Read More

Report Ranks Oklahoma 45th in Education, 33rd in Child Poverty

June 23, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY - A new report ranks Oklahoma 45th for education and 33rd for the economic well-being of families with children - and that was before ...Read More

Report: Child Tax Credit Could Pull Thousands of VT Kids Out of Poverty

June 22, 2021

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont ranked in the top five states for overall child wellbeing, according to an annual report, but advocates for children and ...Read More

Report: Decades of Progress Could be Erased for Louisiana Kids

June 21, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A new report shows troubling trends in Louisiana that may have made the pandemic harder for children. The latest Annie E. ...Read More

Report: Child Tax Credit, Early Childhood Investment Could be Game-Changers for DE

June 22, 2021

DOVER, Del. -- Even before the pandemic, about 32,000 children in Delaware lived in poverty, and a new report details the state's progress and ...Read More

Report: Economy Good for Kansas Kids; Health Coverage Needs Improvement

June 22, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- When it comes to children's economic wellbeing, Kansas is doing well compared with many other states, but could improve the ...Read More

Report: AK Kids 'Resource' in Need of Greater Investment

June 21, 2021

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska's children were struggling to get by even before the pandemic hit, a new report found. The annual KIDS COUNT data book ...Read More

Report: Rising Costs Begin to Affect HI Child Well-Being

June 21, 2021

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Troubling signs for the prospects of Hawaii's children emerged before the pandemic, a new report found. The annual KIDS COUNT ...Read More

GA Health Official: Vaccination Critical for Summer Vacations

June 8, 2021

ATLANTA -- Vacation season is here, and as more Georgians get their vaccinations and the urge to leave town, health experts are advising people they ...Read More