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Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Dec. 08, 2021 14:48 PM EST

Rome News-Tribune. December X, 2021. Editorial: For it is in giving that we receive What better way to celebrate this holiday season than helping someone in our community enjoy it as well. Many of us are blessed with wonderful family, a warm home, good...

Vermont launches program to improve under-utilized housing

Dec. 08, 2021 12:39 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is working to rehabilitate underused housing units to help people who are exiting homelessness, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday. Scott and the Department of Housing and Community Development announced the launch of the Vermont Housing...

Study: Guatemala's tortilla industry depends on girls' labor

Dec. 08, 2021 11:37 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — For millions of Guatemalan families handmade corn tortillas are indispensable with every meal, but many of those tortillas pass through the hands of girls and young women from impoverished families who work extraordinarily hours seven days a week. Few if any...

Fatal fire followed removal of encampment of homeless people

Dec. 07, 2021 09:06 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — At least two of the three people who died in a fire in a condemned house had been moved with other homeless people from a riverfront encampment days before by city officials, a newspaper reported. Three people died and two people escaped the fire Sunday...

Indonesian leader visits eruption survivors, vows to rebuild

Dec. 07, 2021 08:13 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president on Tuesday visited areas devastated by a powerful volcanic eruption that killed at least 34 people and left thousands homeless, and vowed that communities would be quickly rebuilt. Clouds of hot ash shot high into the sky and an...

Pandemic relief to help health care workers with child care

Dec. 06, 2021 14:15 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is using $5.5 million in pandemic relief money to help health care workers pay for licensed child care over the next year, the health department and the governor announced Monday. Funds will be available for parents and guardians who work in health...

Leaders release plan to spend $113M of pandemic relief money

Dec. 06, 2021 12:00 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's legislature will soon act to spend some of the state's federal relief funds to help the economy recover. Gov. Dan McKee, House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio outlined the plans on Friday in a press conference...

La Crosse seeks to make homeless population a 'top priority'

Dec. 06, 2021 01:12 AM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — In what officials called a “historic” meeting between city of La Crosse and La Crosse County leaders, the two groups outlined their goal to purchase a downtown building as a long-term action against homelessness. Using federal COVID relief,...

LA city, county seek dismissal of homelessness lawsuit

Dec. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city and county of Los Angeles are seeking dismissal of a sweeping lawsuit about homelessness that demands local government find shelter for thousands of people living on the streets. Attorneys for the city and county filed dismissal motions in...

Mississippi to receive nearly $75M in infrastructure funding

Dec. 04, 2021 08:32 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will receive nearly $75 million in water infrastructure funding as part of the recent bipartisan infrastructure bill, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials announced this week. It's unclear how the money will be allocated...