Featured content start and through dates work completely independently of publish dates, which vary by category.

To ensure the category is still on the Featured news:

  1. Navigate to Core > Settings > News Settings > Featured Content
  2. Search for the news story
  3. Confirm the news story has been selected with the proper start and through dates
  4. If the need to be adjusted, click on the incorrect date to edit 
Note: It possible to feature a news story before it is published anywhere else on your site, or after it is expired.