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What’s at stake in Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, union vote: 5 questions answered

By: - March 30, 2021

By Raymond Hogler, Colorado State University Several thousand Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are currently voting on whether to form the retailer’s first-ever union. The election has been contentious, with workers complaining that Amazon is using aggressive tactics to defeat the vote, while high-profile figures including President Joe Biden have weighed in on the side […]

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Many QAnon followers report having mental health diagnoses

By: - March 29, 2021

By Sophia Moskalenko, Research Fellow in Social Psychology, Georgia State University QAnon is often viewed as a group associated with conspiracy, terrorism and radical action, such as the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. But radical extremism and terror may not be the real concern from this group. QAnon followers, who may number in the millions, appear […]

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Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine – even if you’ve already had the coronavirus

By: - March 26, 2021

By Jennifer T. Grier, University of South Carolina A few weeks ago, a message popped up in the corner of my screen. “What do you think about people who have recently had COVID–19 getting the vaccine?” A friend of mine was eligible for a COVID–19 vaccine, but she had recently gotten over an infection with […]

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When Americans recall their roots, they open up to immigration

By: - March 17, 2021

By Claire L. Adida, University of California San Diego; Adeline Lo, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lauren Prather, University of California San Diego; Melina Platas, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Scott Williamson, New York University Abu Dhabi Which was the first generation in your family to arrive in America? Do you know why your family came […]

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After the insurrection, America’s far-right groups get more extreme

By: - March 16, 2021

By Matthew Valasik, Louisiana State University and Shannon Reid, University of North Carolina – Charlotte As the U.S. grapples with domestic extremism in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, warnings about more violence are coming from the FBI Director Chris Wray and others. The Conversation asked Matthew Valasik, a sociologist […]

Farmers call for voluntary, financially appealing programs to fight climate change

By: - March 12, 2021

By Perry Beeman, States Newsroom Congress should use voluntary, financially appealing programs to encourage farmers and foresters to help address climate change, experts told the U.S. Senate agriculture committee Thursday.  Speakers from the corn and soybean fields of Illinois to the rice fields of Arkansas told the panel that it would be best to work through existing […]

U.S. Senate confirms North Carolina’s Regan as EPA chief

By: - March 11, 2021

By Lisa Sorg, States Newsroom The U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the new EPA administrator Wednesday evening by a vote of 66-34. Regan, the outgoing Secretary of the Environment in North Carolina, is the first Black man to serve in the EPA’s top leadership role. “It’s a profound responsibility,” Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware […]

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy slows race to defang the virus

By: - March 3, 2021

By Christine Vestal of Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts All eyes are on the nation’s chaotic COVID-19 immunization rollout, as public health officials struggle to outpace the coronavirus and its variants by quickly inoculating those most likely to be hospitalized or die if infected. But in the months ahead, as the vaccine supply chain […]

The ACA marketplace is open again for insurance sign-ups. Here’s what you need to know.

By: - February 17, 2021

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News For people who’ve been without health insurance during the pandemic, relief is in sight. In January, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open up the federal health insurance marketplace for three months as of Monday so uninsured people can buy a plan and those who want to change their marketplace coverage […]

The family court judge who threatened a mother with contempt for getting her child a COVID-19 test

By: - February 11, 2021

By Marshall Allen, ProPublica, and Rachel Dissell for ProPublica ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This article was originally published by ProPublica which worked in partnership with Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Sign up for […]