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PHOTO: Experts say dollars spent at local shops and restaurants are a boost to the local economy. November 29 is Small Business Saturday. Photo credit: Stuart Whitmore/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Black Friday is known as the "official" start of the holiday shopping season, but a newer tradition is picking up steam. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, an event that encourages shoppers to spend their dollars at local stores and restaurants. Martin Golden, district director o ...Read More

PHOTO: Hush Intimate Apparel is one of many Michigan businesses with special promotions for Small Business Saturday, a day to show support for locally-owned retailers and restaurants, now in its fifth year. Photo credit: Linda Michele-Dobel Photography.

BRIGHTON, Mich. - While many Michigan shoppers will pack the malls and big box stores today for the annual Black Friday deals and steals, a growing number will take part in a newer tradition tomorrow: Small Business Saturday. Lisa Nelson owns Hush Intimate Apparel, a women's boutique in downtown Br ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has become a leader in ethanol production and wind power, and when the new Congress is sworn into office in January, voters from both sides of the aisle will be expecting action on clean and renewable energy. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll finds 66 percent of Granite State voters want to see Senator Jean Shaheen support legislation to address the effects of climate change. Photo credit: U.S. Senate.

CONCORD, N.H. - Fresh off the midterm elections, a new poll finds broad support among Granite State voters - regardless of political stripe - for lawmakers to take action on climate change. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club, says no matter which party those polled i ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Friday the state has had job growth to compensate for jobs lost during the Great Recession. Some economists say there is more to the story. Photo credit: North Carolina Governor's Office.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Not everyone is buying Governor Pat McCrory's claim of success after October unemployment numbers indicated the state had recovered the jobs lost during the Great Recession. While the number of people employed last month is slightly above pre-recession levels, John Quinterno wit ...Read More

PHOTO: The Florida Public Service Commission is expected to make an announcement Tuesday on the request by state utilities to reduce incentives for energy-efficiency programs. Photo credit: SafeEnergy.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A decision expected Tuesday from Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC) could impact how much the state's consumers pay for energy usage for years to come. The PSC has been deliberating on requests from utilities, including Duke Energy, to cut benefits offered by money-saving ...Read More

PHOTO: When Texas lawmakers convene for the 2015 session, it's expected they'll be asked to step up in support of the state's growing number of unpaid family caregivers. Photo credit: Florian Richter/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - New figures show nearly 3.5 million Texans provide home health care for a family member, and as that number continues to grow, the Legislature is being asked to provide Texas family caregivers with support. Bob Jackson, state director of AARP Texas, says a proposal is expected to go ...Read More

PHOTO: Home for Thanksgiving? Some New Yorkers say it would be nice to have a home, with food. The struggle against homelessness and hunger goes on through the holidays. Photo credit: Kyle James/Flickr.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving week finds New York nonprofits that focus on hunger and homelessness stretched tight, even two years after the havoc of Superstorm Sandy. Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, says it's been a "tough year." The food pantries and agencies ...Read More

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