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Outdoor & Environment

Radiation Exposure Benefits Could Soon Help More Americans
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(StatePoint) The blockbuster movie “Oppenheimer” put the spotlight on America’s efforts to build up its nuclear capabilities during the Manhattan Project and the Cold War era. Nuclear weapons testing, such as the Trinity test featured in the film, created radioactive fallout that drifted downwind across the United States and is linked to cancers and other illnesses. The mining and processing of uranium created health risks as well. Now, Congress is considering bipartisan legislation to expand compensation and benefits to more people who got sick from these exposures.

5 Facts About NTM Lung Disease
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(StatePoint) Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease is a serious condition that can cause permanent lung damage, even if you have no symptoms.

Find Adventure and Fun in The Natural State
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(StatePoint) Love hiking in the great outdoors? Enjoy authentic, local cuisine? Get a thrill hurtling down mountain biking trails? Whatever sort of adventure you’re craving, Arkansas, also known as “The Natural State,” is a great destination to consider.

Everything You Need to Know About Storm Doors
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(StatePoint) After extreme weather events, it’s common to evaluate exterior home products and to feel a sense of urgency about replacing them if they’re not providing proper protection. One addition that homeowners should consider is a storm door, however, experts say it’s important not to rush the decision.

Tips to Stay Connected During Natural Disasters
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(StatePoint) Natural disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. Having a plan to stay connected during emergencies is essential. In the midst of a natural disaster, you’ll want to stay informed of local conditions and recommendations, be able to alert loved ones of your safety status, and have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a way to reach emergency personnel.

3 Ways People of All Ages Can Give Back
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(StatePoint) No matter your age, it’s likely you’ve questioned your ability to make a difference. Research from the global nonprofit Points of Light shows that 73% of people believe that volunteering is more important than ever, yet 66% think they can’t make a big impact in their communities. Activists on the ground prove otherwise. That’s why Points of Light, which is dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to take action, has recognized thousands of volunteers for their contributions to their communities through The Daily Point of Light Award.

Searching for Sustainable, Convenient Coffee? Here’s What to Know
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(StatePoint) Music, hairstyles and fashions may change over time but one thing remains constant: Americans love their coffee and it seems, will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. In fact, the number of Americans who drank coffee in the past day (65%) -- more than any other beverage -- is on the rise, according to the latest “Atlas of American Coffee.” And Market Research Future predicts that the global coffee market will be worth $112.8 billion by the year 2030.

What Homeowners Need to Know Before and After a Hurricane
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(StatePoint) The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and the National Weather Service is predicting between 12 to 17 total named storms. The best advice for homeowners who want to be better prepared? Proactively think about what can be done ahead of time -- as well as after the fact -- so that you and your family are able to withstand severe weather and quickly recover from it.

How American Farmers Promote Economic and National Security
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(StatePoint) After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger has reached an all-time high. Continued supply chain disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, escalating inflation and a rapidly changing climate, have exacerbated challenges around the world, particularly in developing countries, and today, as many as 828 million people still go hungry.

Budget-Friendly Outdoor Projects for Any DIYer
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(StatePoint) Want to transform your outdoor space while saving money? There are plenty of hands-on projects you can do yourself to eliminate expensive labor costs. The following ideas can be tailored to your budget and personal preferences: