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PHOTO: Joan Macri is Associate Director of College for ME-Androscoggin, one of the institutions administering scholarships for adults seeking college degrees under a new program from the Maine Community Foundation. Photo courtesy College for ME-Androscoggin.

LEWISTON, Maine - Mainers outside traditional college age are getting scholarship assistance to enroll in college or pick up where they left off because of financial constraints, marriage, children or simply dropping out. It's a pilot program run by the Maine Community Foundation called the Adult Le ...Read More

PHOTO: What's happening on Main Street in Whitesburg is one example of economic diversification being highlighted at the Appalachia's Bright Future event this weekend. Photo courtesy of Art of the Rural.

HARLAN, Ky. - When Whitesburg business owner Josh May sees eastern Kentucky's future, he sees a "blank canvas" for diversifying the region's economy. The Letcher County resident says the state's mountain communities are making the transition from what some call a "mono-economy," which has been depen ...Read More

PHOTO: New Mexico's arts and culture industry means billions of dollars and thousands of jobs for the state's economy, according to a recent study. Photo credit: Utah Courts.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A recent study by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs shows arts and culture means thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the state's economy. Dr. Shelle Sanchez, the department's director of strategic initiatives, conducted the study. Entitled, "Building on the Pas ...Read More

PHOTO: Graham Nash, of Crosby Stills and Nash, fears America has been divided into a nation of "haves and have-nothings." Photo credit: Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK - "It's time for a revolution," says Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, who fears for an America that's become divided into "haves and have-nothings." The outspoken musician and activist was in New York talking about some of the views expressed in an autobiography that time-travels ...Read More

GRAPHIC: How happy are you, and how much does that matter to you? New research ranks three Indiana cities among the "least happy" in the country. Graphic courtesy Harvard University and the University of British Columbia.

INDIANAPOLIS – The old saying, "Happiness isn't everything," might literally ring true for folks in some parts of Indiana. Indianapolis, Gary and South Bend make the list of unhappiest cities in the country, according to a working paper from researchers using data from the Center for Disease ...Read More

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est ...Read More

PHOTO: Summertime brings an art exhibit to the University of Nevada, Reno featuring about 100 works made from plastic bags, bicycle chains and other recycled materials. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno.

RENO, Nev. - A new art exhibit at the University of Nevada, Reno is combining creativity with reuse. 'Reused-plus-Recycled-equals-Art' is open through late September at UNR's Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. University marketing and communications coordinator Deanna Hearn said the exhibit features ...Read More

PHOTO: Outdoor adventure programs in the summer months help reinforce skills such as math and reading, as kids apply what they've learned in the classroom. Photo credit: Lew K. Miller/iStockphoto.com.
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YAKIMA, Wash. - It's National Summer Learning Day, calling attention to creative ways to prevent brain drain during the summer. The phrase "use it or lose it" applies to kids' reading and math skills, which researchers say erode measurably when they're not in school. A new survey of more than 1,000 ...Read More

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