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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

According to America's Health Rankings, Illinois ranks 42nd among states for fruit and vegetable consumption among people over age 60, but the same group lags in terms of getting healthy sleep and sufficient physical activity. (Adobe Stock)
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Isolation and a lack of regular nutritious meals are circumstances many older adults find themselves in. One organization is working to remedy this - …

According to health policy site KFF, in May 2022, almost 33% of adults in Illinois reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder, and nearly 33% did not receive counseling or therapy. (Adobe Stock)
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Addressing mental illness in America is a source of continued debate and a new report outlined areas in need of change. The study detailed the role …

According to the financial site Forbes Advisor, Illinois ranks 20th in the nation for struggling most with credit card debt. (Adobe Stock)
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Two of the largest credit card companies in the United States want federal regulators to greenlight a merger and the deal has been met with skepticism…

Along with Indiana, 20 other states have already adopted Buyer's Exclusive Agency agreements. (Adobe stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
For years, Indiana home sellers have signed formal listing agreements with real estate brokers but now buyers also need written agreements before …

The World Health Organization says heat stress is the leading cause of weather-related deaths and can exacerbate underlying illnesses. (Adobe stock)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
As summer temperatures rise, experts emphasize the need for Hoosiers to stay mindful of the heat to avoid serious health risks. Zac Schlader…

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana reminds the community food support is crucial year-round, not just during the holidays. (Adobe Stock)
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Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is facing a surge in demand for food assistance, despite the end of the pandemic. The facility serves about 60,000 …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends drinking 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes when doing strenuous activity outside, which translates to 24 to 32 ounces per hour. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Health care experts are reminding Iowans to be careful in the summertime sun. From sunburns and bike safety to water accidents and sports injuries…

Garret Frey was honored with the Lifetime Advocacy Award from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council in 2023. (Courtesy of Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council)
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The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has issued a ruling ensuring that an Iowa man with disabilities is able to live in his home and receive round-the-…

A report by the mental health advocacy organization Inseparable showed one in five police shootings involve someone with a mental illness. (Adobe Stock)
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A national mental health advocacy organization called Inseparable has released a report on the rollout of the 988 crisis line for people going through…

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In 2022, officials blamed a heatwave for killing thousands of cattle in southwest Kansas. (JackieDavies/AdobeStock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
A heat wave is forecast for Kansas and health professionals said residents should be aware of options to get help, including local physicians who …

Many school children are still "catching up" on their education after the disruptions during the COVID pandemic, according to the 2024 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
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A report on the condition of America's children ranks Kansas in the bottom half of states for education, with declining reading and math scores among …

The Kansas rankings in the 2023 Kids Count Data Book include: 17th in overall child well-being; 22nd in health; 24th in family and community, and 26th in education. (Adobe Stock)
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Kansas ranks seventh among states in the area of economic well-being in the 2023 Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book. Rankings on the …

A $1 minimum wage increase could reduce suicides among those with a high school education or less by nearly 6%, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. (SpaceOak/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
In response to an alarmingly high number of suicides among construction workers, Michigan's construction leaders have taken measures to tackle mental …

The 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana required the resentencing of 364 Michigan youths serving life without parole, citing Eighth Amendment violations. (ehrlif/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
The Michigan Supreme Court is set to reexamine the life without parole sentences of three men who have spent two decades in prison, convicted of …

Health professionals advised when it is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, find somewhere with air conditioning or take cool showers or baths. Do not rely on electric fans to stay cool. (Muhammad Shoaib/Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Summertime in Michigan can be fun. However, warmer temperatures pose health risks unique to the season, as people spend more time outdoors. Medical …

In making homes more energy efficient, Minnesotans could see new rebates released sometime next year. Officials are still piecing together the framework for these new programs, which are federally funded. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
Minnesotans this month have a chance to share their thoughts on how the state should distribute home energy rebates. With federal incentives coming …

A University of Minnesota expert said drinking enough water helps your muscles work efficiently, a key benefit for those doing outdoor labor during hotter stretches. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Minnesota could see temperatures reach the 90s in the coming days and as residents try to stay hydrated, one health expert said consistency is key…

Under Minnesota law, landlords are prohibited from accepting application fees when no units are available. Housing advocates say there are some examples where landlords might not break the law, but they accept fees from applicants that make it clear they don't meet the requirements. (Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Data is scarce, but Minnesota housing advocates say in a tough rental environment, applicants sometimes fork over screening fees for a unit they …

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Stanford University researchers say immigrants are 60% less likely to be incarcerated than American-born people. (DragonImages/Adobe Stock)
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The Missouri House of Representatives has formed a special committee to look into what the House Speaker refers to as crimes committed by immigrants l…

A report from the nonprofit Inseparable calls for a 988 system that ensures individuals in a mental health emergency have someone to call, someone to respond to and a safe place to go for help. (Adobe Stock)
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The country's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline system turns two years old this month and a new report outlined Missouri's implementation, calling for …

At the state level, Renew Missouri represents renewable and energy efficiency interests before the Public Service Commission. (Adobe Stock)
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Some Missouri nonprofit groups have teamed up to help those in need in the rural southeastern part of the state. Many households in these …

Use of cover crops, such as winter wheat, can help water and nutrients penetrate the soil and smother weeds, leading to better corn crops.  (Magnus/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Three members of Nebraska's student-run climate advocacy organization Students for Sustainability were among the youngest participants at the recent C…

In addition to answering nearly 390,000 calls in May, counselors with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline responded to approximately 49,000 chats and 95,000 texts. (artitwpd/Adobe Stock)
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A new report gives Nebraska a positive review for its operation of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline but identifies shortcomings in two crucial area…

The Educare Winnebago Center in Winnebago, Neb., can serve up to 191 children from birth through age 5, and usually has a waiting list of 20 to 30 children. (Educare Winnebago)
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Nearly 60% of Nebraska three- and four-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool programs, which are associated with increased success in school and …

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a five-year policy meant to spur a range of public works projects around the country, including in North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Federal officials have opened up a new round of funding under one of the many grant programs tied to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. As the …

In North Dakota and elsewhere, various nonprofits are trying to take block parties and similar events to another level with activities that emphasize physical movement and other forms of engagement, so that all community members have access to a healthier lifestyle. (Adobe Stock)
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Community developers are tasked with balancing infrastructure needs - like roads, with amenities for the public to enjoy. Organizers behind an …

A 2022 survey found half of adults in the United States said someone in their family had experienced a severe mental health crisis. (Adobe Stock/AI)
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A new report looking at the rollout of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline found a wide variance between states, with North Dakota included in the …

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The Black Swamp Conservancy has grown to protect more than 175 properties since 1997, covering more than 21,000 acres. (Linda/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $271,000 in grants for environmental education projects across the state. The programs will …

Ohio House Bill 183 would also restrict students from using overnight accommodations with those of a different gender. (Andre/Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
By Eduardo Miranda Strobel / Broadcast version by Farah Siddiqi reporting for the Kent State NewsLab-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. Concerns of …

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults, very young children and people with chronic diseases are at highest risk for heat-related illness. (Adobe Stock/Generated with AI)
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Prolonged extreme heat is affecting many Ohioans, as health experts urged residents to stay hydrated and stay out of the sun during peak periods…

Nearly 60% of people who borrowed medical equipment from Owen's Outfitters in June were enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare, according to data from the organization. Roughly 9% of clients were uninsured. (Eleanor Turner, The Legacy Foundation)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
A lending library for medical and mobility supplies opened in Sioux Falls just last fall and now its parent nonprofit is making moves to go mobile…

The Federal Transit Administration's Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program has supported access to health with $24 million over five years, according to the agency. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
The Biden administration announced nearly $8 million in grants to improve public transportation, including a large and rural system in South Dakota…

According to state data, the most common crisis that South Dakota's helpline responds to is suicide (23.5%), followed by anxiety (17.5%), family issues (16%), depression (14%) and substance use (10.4%). (Fergus Coyle, Adobe Stock)
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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Since its rollout two years ago, South Dakota's Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has seen a slow but steady uptick in use, but the state says there are …

Public health experts said while having one or two alcoholic beverages a day might not seem excessive, it actually falls under the category of "heavy drinking," leading to chronic health issues down the road. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Often celebrated in popular culture, Wisconsin's relationship with alcohol continues to give way to troubling statistics that center around excessive …

In a new AARP survey of Wisconsin voters, nearly two-thirds of older voters say Social Security is or will be a major source of their income. Pollsters said it underscores how big an issue the safety net program will be in the 2024 election. (Adobe Stock)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
After the much-talked-about presidential debate, pollsters have a fresh snapshot of how Wisconsin voters feel about the leading candidates. Older …

The Yerkes Observatory, opened in 1897, has made some of the earliest discoveries in astronomy, including 13,665 star systems and the earliest sighting of the sub-planet Pluto. (Yerkes Observatory)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
By Jacqueline Kehoe for Arts Midwest.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Wisconsin News Connection reporting for the Arts Midwest-Public News Service C…

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