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COLUMBUS, Ohio — JUNE 26: Unni Shreram, a 19-year-old junior at Ohio State University from Dublin, June 26, 2023, at the Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal)

‘How are you supposed to finance that?’ Ohio college students face barriers to abortion access

BY: and - July 5, 2023

Cost, distance, and lack of transportation are unique challenges college students face when it comes to abortion access and reproductive health care.

Maternal deaths often point to the conditions in which people live and work, said one researcher connected to a new study on maternal deaths (Getty Images).

Study shows sharp increases in maternal deaths over two decades

BY: - July 4, 2023

Researchers touted it as the first study to provide such maternal mortality calculations for every state.

Kansans for and against the Constitutional Amendment on Abortion hold up signs along 135th Street on August 01, 2022 in Olathe, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Positive polling, past successes don’t guarantee victory for abortion rights at the ballot box

BY: - July 3, 2023

In several states, Republicans are adjusting rules to scramble the political calculus.

A pharmacy manager retrieves a a medication. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Cancer drug shortages decried in congressional hearing

BY: - June 15, 2023

Fractures in House GOP Caucus could stymie action.

Hundreds of people gathered at Washington Square Park in New Orleans on March 31, 2023, for a march to mark Transgender Day of Visibility. (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)

U.S. House Republicans spar with HHS secretary over transgender youth, child labor

BY: - June 14, 2023

U.S. House Republicans grilled a senior Biden administration official about gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

A spiking thermometer against a bright sky and hot sun

As temps rise, advocates call on Pa. to dial up aid for cooling costs | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 13, 2023

Advocates want Pa. to expand its LIHEAP program to help cover summer cooling costs.

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How a chronic lifeguard shortage serves as a springboard to address racial inequities

BY: - June 13, 2023

Shuttered pools hit low-income families particularly hard, since they don't have a lot of affordable options for summer fun.

Pa. officials declare ‘Code Red’ air quality alert due to Canada fires

BY: - June 8, 2023

Smoke from wildfires smothered the East Coast on Wednesday, with officials urging residents to limit time outside.

State prisons require visitors to call to schedule a visit, a pandemic-era hurdle some say has kept them from seeing incarcerated loved ones. (Getty Images)

A leftover pandemic restriction in N.J.’s prisons deprives some of ‘lifeline’ family visits

BY: - June 8, 2023

More than three years after the state closed New Jersey prisons to visitors as a pandemic precaution, they’ve opened them up again — but a lingering requirement to schedule visits has kept visiting rooms at many facilities largely empty.

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Pennsylvania AG seeks repayment for cleanup of ‘Forever Chemicals’ | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 8, 2023

The companies knew for decades about 'the dangers and damages,' of PFAS, Attorney General Michelle Henry said.

Customers shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at Campbell’s Market, April 24, 2023, in McArthur, Ohio. Campbell’s has worked to provide healthy food options to the McArthur community. (Photo by Graham Stokes for the Ohio Capital Journal).

Dollar stores, giant grocery chains push healthy food out of reach for many, activists say

BY: - June 6, 2023

Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger already control a huge amount of the nation’s grocery business.

Relatives of gun violence victims hold pictures of their loved ones at a CeaseFirePA and March For Our Lives rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol on Thursday, March 23, 2023. (Capital-Star photo by Peter Hall)

The gun violence epidemic Is ‘Locking us back in our room’

BY: - June 6, 2023

Children’s health experts are advocating for exposure to gun violence be considered what’s known as an 'adverse childhood experience.'