Six endangered red wolves born in North Carolina refuge

Good News Notes: “Six critically endangered red wolves were introduced into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in coastal North Carolina. But unlike other wolves, no one brought these new canines to the Outer Banks area as part of a federal program to recover a dying species. For the first time in four years, these…

Koala IVF could help save species from extinction

Good News Notes: “Freezing koala sperm could become a key part of a strategy to save koalas from extinction by 2050. University of Newcastle scientists Lachlan Howell and Ryan Witt say koala “biobanking”, could be harnessed with IVF technology to help the endangered species reproduce. An estimated 64,000 koalas were killed when 5.5m hectares were ravaged by…

$10M awarded to Raleigh nonprofits from American Rescue Plan funds

Good News Notes: “The City of Raleigh was awarded a total of $73.2 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. All that money needs to be spent by December 2026. The money can be used on a wide range of issues including community health initiatives, small business support, and infrastructure support. City staff has selected 13…

MacKenzie Scott boosts another Pittsburgh-area nonprofit with $10 million gift

Good News Notes: “Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit agency based in McCandless, announced Wednesday that it received a $10 million unrestricted gift from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The gift is the single largest donation the organization has received in its 190-year history. “We are grateful for and humbled by Ms….

Jennifer Lawrence Gives Birth to First Child

Good News Notes: “Jennifer Lawrence‘s motherhood journey starts now, ’cause TMZ has learned she recently delivered her first kid. According to public records … JLaw gave birth in L.A. County, but we don’t yet know the gender of the baby or the exact date of birth. Jennifer sparked rumors she might be pregnant last summer,…

Detroit nonprofit helps mothers during baby formula recall, shortage

Good News Notes: “Nationwide baby formula shortages and Similac recalls are having an impact on Metro Detroit mothers and babies. Destined for Greatness, a nonprofit mentorship organization that has stepped up to serve the needs of families across Detroit, has been working overtime to help moms feed babies since the start of the pandemic. On Monday (Feb. 21) Local…

Five baby river otters born at SC’s Brookgreen Gardens zoo

Good News Notes: “Remember Egerton, the adorable baby penguin that hatched at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach in 2020? He’s got competition, big competition. Five, just as cute (dare we say cuter), baby river otters were born last week during the winter storm at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo in Georgetown. On Tuesday, the zoo’s veterinarian…

Actress Tatyana Ali donates $100K to Winter Garden midwifery school

Good News Notes: “She’s been on soap operas and one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. Now Tatyana Ali is stepping up to help a local organization that helps expectant mothers and the midwives who help them deliver. Ali played for a local cause during a recent celebrity edition of Wheel of Fortune….

Iliza Shlesinger Welcomes First Baby with Husband Noah Galuten

Good News Notes: “Iliza Shlesinger‘s baby girl is here! The actress and comedian, 38, and husband Noah Galuten welcomed their first child together, daughter Sierra Mae, on Thursday, Jan. 13, PEOPLE can exclusively announce. Baby Sierra was born in Los Angeles at 11:26 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz. and measuring 20 inches at birth. “We…