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“It’s hard to focus in class when I’m hungry.”

Ten-year-old Fabian Aguirre, a student at V.H. Lassen Academy of Science and Nutrition, regarding the challenge that it can be to learn while hungry. All students at Fabian’s Phoenix-area school are eligible to receive free meals. More than 34 million people, including 9 million children, across the country are food insecure. (Associated Press — March 11, 2023)

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  • The license plate of Peter Starostecki, who is vegan, which was rejected in Maine’s effort to crack down on lewd and vulgar plates. The state determined that Starostecki’s tag could have been a reference to sex, while the motorist insists that there is no mistaking his intent. He has several tofu-related stickers on the back of his vehicle. Starostecki said the plate was his protest against eating meat and animal products. (Associated Press — March 9, 2023)
  • Jill Schlesinger, CBS news business analyst and author of The Great Money Reset, regarding the great swing in finances for many Americans over the last several years. The pandemic-induced federal aid resulted in the highest personal savings rate on record which was quickly followed by high inflation that has caused a nearly 30 percent increase in debt for millennials since before the pandemic to about $3.8 trillion. (NPR — March 8, 2023)
  • Mississippi state Sen. Joey Fillingane, regarding a bill that would restrict electric car manufacturers from opening new brick-and-mortar dealerships in the state unless they follow the same rules as traditional carmakers. Fillingane has criticized the bill for potentially causing the state to fall behind others in the race to attract EV companies’ investments. The bill was passed by the Legislature and will head to Gov. Tate Reeves’ desk. (Associated Press — March 3, 2023)
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