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PHOTO: The Ohio House has until year's end to pass Senate Bill 96, to require that world history be a high school graduation requirement. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The clock is ticking on efforts to save world history for Ohio high school students. Students need to learn world history to pass the current Ohio Graduation Test, but the test will be phased out next year and replaced by exams that cover only American history and government. ...Read More

PHOTO: A group including Gena Goodman-Campbell of ONDA (right) and Veronica Baker of Deschutes Brewery (second from right) hiked into Scout Camp in the Whychus-Deschutes Proposed Wilderness in June as part of a Beers Made By Walking tour. Photo credit: Eric Steen.

BEND, Ore. - Some Central Oregon hikes are having a longer-term effect on the people who made them this summer. On Wednesday in Bend, outdoor fans will meet to open a few beers crafted using ingredients discovered right along the trail in Oregon's high desert. Three local breweries signed up to tak ...Read More

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

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