With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
Massachusetts is the best state in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, the global rankings authority. U.S. News evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, from education and health care to infrastructure and economy, to capture how states best serve their citizens. The inaugural Best States rankings are the centerpiece of a new, interactive platform featuring fresh reporting, data and charts on trends, developments and news throughout the states.
Mean-Spirited or Careless? Regardless of Intention, ‘Retarded’ Remains a Common Insult Heard Among Adults and Teens
The word “retarded” remains an ever-present, however unfortunate, expression in the everyday dialogue of Americans. What was once used as a non-derogatory term to describe someone with an intellectual disability or other developmental delay, has since become an insult, used to show contempt for another person, object, or situation. Whether its usage is malicious or merely careless, the offensive term’s prevalence in Americans’ vocabulary has yet to wane.
The Weather Network’s team of meteorologists have just released their spring forecast for the months of March, April and May. Spring weather is already off to a quick start east of the Rockies. However, winter weather will make a comeback at times across many regions. The clash of the seasons, along with a very warm Gulf of Mexico, will contribute to the most active severe weather season since 2011.
83 Percent of Women Over 25 Who Plan to Have Children Are Postponing Starting a Family to Focus on Careers, Finds CareerBuilder Survey
First comes love, second comes marriage, then comes… delayed family plans? Eighty-three percent of women over the age of 25 who plan to have children are postponing starting a family to focus on their careers, compared to 79% of men, found a recent CareerBuilder survey. Wanting to earn and save enough money to provide for their family was the top reason given by both women and men who plan to have children (50% and 53%, respectively), followed by the desire to become more established and get ahead in their career (28% and 33%, respectively).
California is the toughest state for first-time home buyers, according to a new Bankrate.com report. Hawaii and New York round out the three most difficult states to buy your first home. The data study evaluated all 50 U.S. states based on several factors pertaining to young adults, including home affordability relative to median income; credit availability; unemployment; market tightness; and home-ownership percentage among under-35 households.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.