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PHOTO: Scientists once feared Michigan had no remaining healthy ash trees like this one. However since spotting and analyzing a few, the search is now on for more survivors of the emerald ash borer. Photo courtesy of US Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

DETROIT - It's a scavenger hunt of sorts: the U.S. Forest Service is hoping Michiganders can help them find the few ash trees which have managed to survive the invasion of a deadly Asian beetle in the hopes of one day reviving the state's ash population. Research biologist Jennifer Koch, with the ...Read More

PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices t ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina may have as many as two privately owned, online charter schools next year. Photo credit: educationnews.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting next year, North Carolina's charter schools will expand beyond the four walls of a classroom. State lawmakers approved a pilot program in this year's budget that requires the state Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools – making the ...Read More

PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an "overwhelming margin" in favor of authorizing their 32BJ SEIU bargaining unit to call a strike, if contract talks with the University on a multi-year contract don't make progress. Photo courtesy E. Villasante

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since ...Read More

PHOTO: As schools implement the new Common Core standards and testing, legislation introduced in Ohio calls for a three-year suspension of school performance rankings and teacher evaluations based on student achievement. Photo credit: clairer/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Students, parents and teachers around the state are adjusting to the new Common Core learning standards, and new legislation is aimed at making sure the standards are working for Ohio's schools. State Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, introduced House Bill 642, which she says would hit ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas has a record 14 million people registered to vote this year, and efforts at getting them to the polls with the proper I.D. continue with the election now just one week away. Photo credit: Matt Turner/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - With the midterm election one week away, Texans are being urged to get out and vote - but they are also being reminded they will need appropriate identification in the wake of the state's new voter I.D. law. After numerous twists and turns in the legal battle over the need for a pho ...Read More

PHOTO: With hunger still a struggle for 20 percent of Minnesota families with children, a new "road map" to ending food insecurity is being launched at the annual Food Access Summit this year in Duluth. Photo credit: Gordon Flood/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from around the state convene at the annual Food Access Summit, beginning today in Duluth. Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota human services commissioner, says this year's gathering will include the public laun ...Read More

PHOTO: Pennsylvania college students pay the third-highest tuition in the nation, and graduate with the third-highest amount of debt for a four-year college. Photo credit: Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new report shows the long slide in state funding for higher public higher education has continued over the past four years, with negative impacts on individuals seeking a college education - and on the economy as a whole. Stephen Herzenberg, an economist and executive director o ...Read More

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