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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.

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Agriculture contributes about $83.6 billion annually to Georgia's economy, according to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

University of Georgia farm program helps veterans transition to agriculture

A University of Georgia outreach program is giving veterans a new start in agriculture. With the help of a $750,000 grant, the Farm Boot Camp will …

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By a 40-point margin, 64% to 24%, voters favor congressional action to set 18-year term limits for current and future Supreme Court justices. (Adobe Stock)
Supreme Court emerges as key election issue, according to survey

In the last election, Georgia tipped the scales with the smallest victory margin for President Joe Biden, but now a new battleground emerges: the …

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About 1,500 juveniles are confined in Georgia, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (Adobe Stock)
Youth diversion programs could improve Georgia juvenile justice

Juvenile justice advocates say more diversion programs could be key to keeping Georgia's young offenders out of the criminal justice system. A …

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In 2022, Georgia had 70,400 registered electric vehicles, a 48% increase from the 47,600 EVs registered in 2021. (Adobe Stock)
Georgia lawmakers highlight EV benefits for health, environment

Georgia lawmakers with the group Elected Officials to Protect America are spotlighting the health and environmental benefits of electric vehicles…

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. (Adobe Stock)
Housing among top priorities for Savannah at Mayors' Conference

More than 200 mayors, from cities in Georgia and across the country, gathered through this weekend to tackle the nation's most prominent issues at …

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In a survey conducted by World Animal Protection, 80% of U.S. consumers said they were concerned about the treatment of factory-farmed pigs. (Adobe Stock)
GA restaurants urged to end use of livestock gestation crates

Advocates for animal welfare are calling on restaurants in Georgia to end the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs in their supply chain…

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Georgia's highest ranking among four domains studied by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its Kids Count Data Book is in education, at 31st. (Adobe Stock)
GA ranks among bottom 10 for health despite gains in child well-being

Georgia remains among the bottom 10 states for children's health, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation…

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According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about 87,000 people are incarcerated in Georgia's state prisons and/or local jails, compared to about 6,500 in federal prisons in the state. (Felix Mizioznikov/Adobe Stock)
Could states use federal dollars to reduce prison populations?

Some Georgia lawmakers want to lower the jail population, especially in Fulton and Muscogee counties, due to safety concerns and staffing shortages…

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According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, about eight out of every 10 women have fibroids by age 50. (Adobe Stock)
Raising awareness about fibroids, treatment options

More than 26 million women in the United States have fibroids, benign growths typically in the uterus and reproductive organs, and fewer than half of …

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Among people aged 70, 61% of those with Alzheimer's dementia are expected to die before age 80 compared with 30% of people without Alzheimer's dementia. (Adobe Stock) <br />
Brain health experts seek solutions for Alzheimer's crisis in Georgia

Brain-health experts are working to improve detection and care for Alzheimer's disease as new data reveal an increasing Alzheimer's population in Geor…

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The transportation sector in the United States is the main contributor to carbon emissions, with heavy-duty vehicles responsible for more than 20% of this pollution despite comprising only 10% of road vehicles. (Adobe Stock)
New regulations target transportation emissions in Georgia

New federal clean-truck standards in Georgia will improve air quality and public health. The Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce …

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According to the EPA, Georgia has warmed less than most of the nation in the last century but in the next few decades, the changing climate is likely to harm livestock and increase the number of unpleasantly hot days and heat-related illnesses. (Laura Ballard/Adobe Stock)
Scientists call on moms to help fight climate change

Mothers from a nonpartisan climate science group are gearing up for summer, getting the word out to Georgia families on how more frequent and extreme …

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