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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

LA Officials: Vaccinations Key Before Traveling This Summer

May 24, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – With summer on its way and more Louisianans getting their COVID-19 vaccinations, health experts say it's important to stay safe, amid ...Read More

Report: Participation in NJ Aid-in-Dying Law Up in 2020; Uptick Still Slow

May 18, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey has completed its second year allowing qualifying patients to make decisions about ending their lives, under the Medical ...Read More

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