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Archive: December 2012

PHOTO:  Improvements in alternative education programs is called for in an annual report which tracks the well-being of Kentucky's children.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A leading youth advocate says the low-hanging fruit for improving education in Kentucky is alternative programs. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says that while the state has some "absolutely wonderful" alternative programs, others are "little more ...Read More

PHOTO: Weight loss is the most popular New Year's resolution being made by North Carolinians and people around the country, according to new data from the University of Scranton.

LUMBERTON, N.C. - Weight loss is the most popular New Year's resolution being made by North Carolinians and people around the country, according to new data from the University of Scranton. The goal of being healthier is even making its way into churches around the state, through a program sponsored ...Read More

PHOTO: The Morrison was renovated in 2005 as studio apartments. It is the largest emergency shelter in the Seattle area, with on-site addiction and mental health services. Courtesy of Downtown Emergency Service Center.

SEATTLE - Affordable housing advocates are lining up their priorities for the coming legislative session, and more money for the state's Housing Trust Fund is one of them. It is hard to find affordable rental housing in many parts of Washington State, but it's especially tough in King County, where ...Read More

PHOTO: Kinship says the average relationship between a local mentor and child lasts about three years  compared to the national average of only 10 months. Courtesy of GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It only requires a small weekly gift of your time, but becoming a mentor can have positive impacts that last for a lifetime. Gennea Falconer, the director of the Kinship program through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, says that if one looks at influential relationships ...Read More

PHOTO: Wilson and Banyan Doh are learning through play at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington County  Head Start. Courtesy of CAP.

DULUTH, Minn. - Some concerns are being raised that results of some of the work in getting children ready for kindergarten may be lost during their first few years of school. Gayle Kelly, the executive director of the Minnesota Head Start Association, says a national study found that Head Start do ...Read More

PHOTO: Even cows in the San Joaquin Valley could benefit from safer drinking water, under new rules to reduce the amounts of fertilizer and other chemicals in the water supply.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Some Central Valley residents are beginning the new year with something many take for granted - safe drinking water. For the first time, regional water boards are requiring farmers in the state's two biggest agricultural regions to reduce the amounts of fertilizer and other chem ...Read More

PHOTO: A scene from "Middle of Nowhere," a film by Ava DuVernay which was shown to the FCC as part of a successful campaign to get the agency to examine price gouging in prison phone contracts. Photo courtesy African American Film Festival Releasing Movement

NEW YORK - In a move at the very end of the year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken a step toward examining the high prices families pay to stay in touch by phone with loved ones behind bars. By announcing a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, the FCC has finally responded to an effo ...Read More

PHOTO: The Be Out There campaign from the National Wildlife Federation is encouraging parents to pledge to help their kids spend more time outdoors in 2013.

HELENA, Mont. - "Spending more time with family" is a top New Year's resolution, and the "Be Out There" campaign from the National Wildlife Federation is designed to help keep that promise strong all year. The program offers tips and advice to parents who pledge to help get their kids outdoors every ...Read More

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