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New Study Reveals Raleigh’s Tough Starter Home Market

TL/DR - A report by Construction Coverage has found Raleigh, North Carolina, to be one of the most difficult metropolitan areas in the US for purchasing a starter home, ranking 45th out of 55 large cities. The report found issues such as a lack of inventory and high costs were major factors in Raleigh's ranking. Despite these challenges, there…

Alaska Legislature Passes Revolutionary Subscription Health Care Bill

TL/DR - The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill to legalize subscription-based healthcare, enabling primary care providers to offer services for a monthly fee without involving insurance companies. The bill, which is supported by conservative groups as a way to reduce healthcare costs, is the fifth measure adopted by the Legislature this year…

Harvard Reinstates SAT, ACT Score Requirement for Admissions

TL/DR - Harvard College has announced that it will require applicants to submit standardized test scores for applications from fall 2025 onwards. This makes it the latest Ivy League school to reinstate this requirement after it was made optional during the COVID-19 pandemic. The university had previously stated that it would remain test-optional…

Japan Gifts 250 Cherry Blossom Trees for Tidal Basin Planting

TL/DR - Japan is sending 250 additional cherry trees to the United States to mark the country's 250th anniversary in two years. This announcement comes a month after the National Park Service revealed plans to remove 300 trees, including 158 cherry ones, due to a project aimed at repairing crumbling sea walls. Three of the gifted trees have…