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This Week in Policy & Public Interest News: 12 Stories You Need to See
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy policy and public interest press releases from PR Newswire, including news of a national blood shortage and declines in children reading.

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering the policy and public interest industries stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

    1. Red Cross announces national blood shortageThe American Red Cross
       national blood supply has fallen to critically low levels--dropping
       nearly 25%-- since early August, and potentially threatening the medical
       care of patients with an emergency need for blood, or those living with
       critical conditions such as cancer and sickle cell disease and who depend
       on lifesaving blood transfusions.

    2. New Data from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report(TM) Finds Kids
       are Reading Less as They Age, with Adolescents the Most at Risk of
       Missing Out on the Benefits of Reading"And yet, there's beauty in the
       data as it shows how access to books and a community of reading role
       models can bolster excitement for reading in a child's life, which in
       turn can ignite a greater interest in the skills of reading so that they
       can explore more stories," said Peter Warwick, Scholastic President and

    3. Boeing Donates $300,000 to Assist Moroccan Earthquake Relief
       Efforts"Boeing colleagues around the world are dedicated to supporting
       the people of Morocco, and we stand ready to collaborate with local
       partners to provide meaningful assistance that leads to healing,
       rebuilding and renewal," said Ziad Ojakli, executive vice president of
       Government Operations at Boeing.

    4. National PTA and Walmart Team Up to Support Students and
       CommunitiesTogether, National PTA and Walmart will support students and
       communities by offering all local PTAs throughout the country a free,
       one-year Walmart Business+ membership, an estimated value of
       approximately $2 million, through which PTAs can save on needed supplies
       for their schools.

    5. Generac Urges Planning Ahead for Power Outages During National
       Preparedness MonthDuring National Preparedness Month, Generac encourages
       people to review their household power needs, identify the backup power
       solution that will best meet the demands of their home, and practice
       safely using their backup power source.

    6. Over 2 Million Families Rely on Nonprofit Organizations to Access and Pay
       for College"State-based and nonprofit higher education finance
       organizations are champions for aspiring and enrolled students pursuing
       postsecondary education. Motivated by their public purpose missions,
       these entities counsel students to make smart financial decisions and
       graduate college with less debt," said EFC President Gail daMota.

    7. Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Report Says Seven Innovations Could Save 2
       Million Mothers and Babies by 2030"As is so often the case in global
       health, innovations aren't making their way to the people who need them
       most--women in low-income countries, as well as Black and Indigenous
       women in high-income countries like the United States, who are dying at
       three times the rate of white women. That needs to change," writes
       Melinda French Gates.

    8. Many don't know key facts about U.S. Constitution, Annenberg study
       findsThe civics knowledge survey, released annually to celebrate
       Constitution Day (Sept. 17), also finds that although two-thirds of
       Americans (66%) can name all three branches of government, 10% can name
       two, 7% can name only one, and 17% cannot name any.

    9. Game On to Tackle Student HungerGENYOUth, the national non-profit
       organization founded by America's dairy farmers and the NFL to create
       healthier school communities, today announced the launch of Super School
       Meals. This community-based initiative is providing grants to equip
       Nevada schools within high-need communities with Grab and Go meal
       equipment packages to help tackle student hunger and increase access to
       and participation in school meals.

    10. Kroger Reaches Agreement in Principle for Nationwide Opioid
        SettlementAlong with the execution of certain non-monetary conditions
        that remain in discussion, Kroger has agreed to pay up to $1.2 billion
        to states and subdivisions and $36 million to Native American tribes in
        funding for abatement efforts (both to be paid over 11 years in equal
        installments), and approximately $177 million to cover attorneys' fees
        and costs (to be paid over 6 years in equal installments).

    11. New Smokey Bear PSAs Encourage Americans to Channel the "Smokey Within"
        and Help Prevent Unwanted, Human-Caused WildfiresFor nearly 80 years,
        Smokey has been the nation's favorite bear educating the public on how
        to prevent human caused wildfires and his message is as important now as
        ever. Nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused and fully preventable.

    12. Stride Rite Continues Commitment to Inclusivity with The Runway Of
        Dreams(TM) Foundation PartnershipFollowing the runway show, Stride Rite
        will join Runway of Dreams's first-of-its-kind Adaptive exhibit that
        will feature Adaptive and Universally Designed collections from
        mainstream brands committed to inclusion in the fashion and beauty

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