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A Proclamation on Child Health Day, 2022

  Across America, parents are united by a common dream that their children’s lives will be healthier, happier, and more promising than their own.  On Child Health Day, we rededicate ourselves to making that dream a reality and recommit to providing every child with the quality health care, child care, and education they need to thrive.

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Explainer-What is a Primary Election, and Why Should I Vote?

Pennsylvania’s primary election is used by both the Republican and Democratic parties to choose who they want to be their candidates for the general election in November. 

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Opinion: Culturally Adapting Therapy Can Help — But Needs Further Research

While the study is new, the research touched on a long-discussed topic in the field of mental health: How should therapists adapt their approaches for people of different cultures, including for racial and ethnic minority groups?

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You’re invited! A free virtual panel on the new Pa. budget and what it prioritizes

Join Spotlight PA July 26 for a free breakdown of Pa.’s multibillion-dollar budget and how it will impact you.

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Education

The world has recently become less democratic

Many more people have democratic rights than in the past. Some of this progress has recently been reversed.

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Health

WHAT TO EXPECT, WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING…..

Generally speaking, menopause creeps up on us around 50 years of age. However, for some it can begin in their 40ʼs. With that, the changes begin. Menopause is a natural occurring biological process that wreaks havoc on our physical and mental health.

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Education

How Science Fuels a Culture of Misinformation

University of Washington data scientist Jevin West, who studies the spread of misinformation, says that university public relations offices responsible for press releases and other media interactions “also play a role in the hype machine.

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County commissioners push for more money toward mental health services among top 2022 priorities

The county leaders are advocating for $28 million to fund community crisis …

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Lawmakers Highlight Continued Efforts to Cut Red Tape

HARRISBURG – Continuing to lead the way on regulatory reform and getting government out of the way, House Republicans on Tuesday highlighted their latest effort to cut red tape in the form of a package of bills that would empower local governments to better maintain their creeks and streams to protect lives and livelihoods from flooding. 

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Billionaire Jeff Yass, a Montgomery County investor and Pennsylvania’s richest denizen, has spent at least $18 million on the May 17 primary.

HARRISBURG — What does a conservative upstart challenging a top House Republican in York County have in common with a scion of a Democratic political family facing a progressive primary in Philadelphia?

Climate

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NOAA still expects above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

Atmospheric and oceanic conditions still favor an above-normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, according to NOAA’s annual mid-season update issued today by the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

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Weekly Weather Forecast Report

Lebanon, Pa This Afternoon Sunny, with a high near 31. …

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Wolf Administration Urges Pennsylvanians to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield, reflecting on the impacts of Hurricane Agnes 50 years ago, today urged property owners to prepare for hurricane season by considering flood insurance to protect their homes, businesses, and possessions.

Education

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School start times and screen time late in the evening exacerbate sleep deprivation in US teenagers

With the school year underway around the U.S., parents and caregivers are once again faced with the age-old struggle of wrangling groggy kids out of bed in the morning. For parents of preteens and teenagers, it can be particularly challenging.

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New study seeks to explain the ‘Mandela Effect’ – the bizarre phenomenon of shared false memories

The term “Mandela Effect” was coined by Fiona Broome, a self-described paranormal researcher, to describe her false memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s. She realized that many other people also shared this same false memory and wrote an article about her experience on her website. The concept of shared false memories spread to other forums and websites, including Reddit.

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An attempt to deter more student high-rises in State College raises larger debate about the future of downtown

A proposed zoning change aims to deter more student high-rises from being built in downtown State College.

Finance

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Pennsylvania’s state budget is officially late. Here’s what you need to know.

HARRISBURG — Despite weeks of private negotiations between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans, Pennsylvania’s budget is officially late.

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Financial Literacy Lessons with Chalkboard Financial

Lebanon, PA- I was talking with my brother-in-law the other day regarding finances and parents. We talked about a litany of topics but the one that resounded with me was how we both grew up with the lack of any learning personal finance. It wasn’t taught in school and our parents both used the same line of thought. “Save your money” and “If you want to do stuff or have things, you’ll have to get a job.”

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We tend to underestimate our future expenses – here’s one way to prevent that

When asked to estimate how much money they would spend in the future, people underpredicted the total amount by more than C$400 per month. However, when prompted to think about unexpected spending in addition to typical expenses, people made much more accurate predictions.

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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down To 4.5 Percent in June

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today released its preliminary employment situation report for June 2022.

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Educational: Inflation – A Targeted Attack on the Middle Class?

The U.S. economy is a hot topic in the 2022 midterm election. Candidates, analysts, and voters all seem to agree that the economy will be a deciding factor.

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Small Business: Five Tax Advantages of Self Employment

Philadelphia, PA- Self-employment not only offers control over your time, arguably your most precious resource, but also provides a myriad of tax benefits that are not available to traditional employees. Following are snippets of five tax advantages available to self-employed individuals.

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Mental Health

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Educational: Emotional Reprogramming – it is important to our health

How we think affects how we behave. Our bad habits and behaviors are linked to our thinking patterns and our emotional wellbeing. Overindulgent habits such as alcohol, nicotine, laziness, overeating, habitual lying and negative attitude are all expressions of our emotional status. Stress and anxiety is often worn on the sleeve manifest as our behaviors. 

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Difficult Conversations

Why is it that we often avoid difficult conversations? Is it because it makes us uncomfortable? Or are we afraid of the other person’s , or even our own , reaction? Knowing how to have that conversation is key to effective communication.

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Explainer: Introduction to Integrative Health

Lebanon, PA- Welcome to this new column on Integrative Health Care. You may also have heard of it by other names, such as Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM) or Holistic Health. This has been my passion for many years, even though I worked in the nursing field in traditional medicine all my life. Let me start by explaining what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is. Complementary Health Techniques (not the alternative ones) are used along with your traditional medical care, which is often medication, surgery, or physical therapy.

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