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PHOTO: Absentee ballot applications have been mailed out in Ohio, but it's still unclear when early voting by mail, or in person, will begin. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The November election is just around the corner, but voting dates and deadlines seem to be ever-changing in Ohio. A law that went into effect early this year eliminated the so-called "Golden Week," when Ohioans could register and vote in the first week of early voting. But this mon ...Read More

PHOTO: The record September 2013 floods in Colorado spread damage across 200 miles of the Front Range. Lyons, in Boulder County, was one of the hardest-hit areas with millions of dollars in property damage. Photo courtesy Nina Embervine/

LYONS, Colo. - The northern Front Range is still in the midst of recovering from last September's record flooding, but the recovery and rebuilding effort is benefitting from a tool some may find surprising: the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) money ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Illinois says important safety and privacy guidelines are needed before the use of body cameras by police enforcement are widely-used throughout the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

CHICAGO - In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, state leaders in Illinois are contemplating the use of police body cameras for better oversight of law enforcement. Some say important guidelines are needed to protect both police officers and citizens. Ed Yohnka, communications and ...Read More

Photo: The wildlife community warns North Carolina's red wolf population is in jeopardy if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opts to end the recovery program. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MANTEO, N.C. - Almost 30 years ago, North Carolina's population of red wolves was near extinction, but a program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) introduced an experimental population in eastern North Carolina, and now 100 wolves are thriving in their native habitat. The Fish and Wildl ...Read More

PHOTO: Fires, floods, tornadoes and other disasters can strike at almost any time. Experts say advance preparation can help people better respond to and recover from the impacts of a disaster or other emergency. Preparedness Month is a good time to make or update those plans. Photo credit: Arizona Geological Survey.

PHOENIX - September is "Preparedness Month" and flash floods in Phoenix and Tucson, which claimed at least two lives last week, may serve as a powerful reminder of how quickly a natural disaster can strike. Aprille Slutsky, public information officer with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management ...Read More

PHOTO: A $16 million federal grant will be used to add and improve public transportation options in the Reno-Sparks area. Photo credit: Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. - Public transportation in the Reno-Sparks area is getting a $16-million boost from a federal grant. Joe Herrington is public information officer with the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. He says the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will better connect ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study says parents benefit a great deal in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, and that in turn helps their children. Photo credit: JackF/

RICHMOND, Va. – Getting parents health coverage improves the well being of their children, according to new research that says states that expand Medicaid are doing a much better job of covering those adults. The report from the Urban Institute shows that states that have rejected Medicaid e ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 6,700 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and their advocates are getting together Saturday in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is unfair punishment for juveniles under Oregon's m ...Read More

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