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PHOTO: Beaches like Nags Head generate at least $3 billion a year in revenue for North Carolina. Conservation groups are concerned that could change if oil and gas exploration is allowed along the coast. Photo credit: Wikimedia

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. While oil and gas exploration isn't currently permitted off the North Carolina coast that could change. Gov. Pat McCrory promised to push for it in his State of the State a ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

PHOTO: Santa Fe city leaders hope a new hotline leads to arrests as the city deals with increased drug abuse. Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe city leaders are counting on a new hotline to encourage people in the community to report suspected drug dealers as authorities deal with increased heroin use. City Councilor Bill Dimas, who lost a daughter to heroin addiction, sponsored the resolution that led to t ...Read More

PHOTO: Several electric buses now serving Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. – A few electric buses now being operated in Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over the next several years. Michael Moreno, public information officer at the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, says his ag ...Read More

PHOTO: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Idaho may be an exception. Photo courtesy of fbi.gov

BOISE, Idaho – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunit ...Read More

IMAGE: The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. The postponement comes after the commission heard several hours of public testimony at its meeting in Ventura on Wednesday. Amaroq Wei ...Read More

PHOTO: Photo courtesy U-S Geological Survey.

MORIARTY, N.M. - A small town located along Interstate 40 about 40 miles east of Albuquerque is home to a company that Google just purchased, as it explores the next generation of Internet delivery. Ted Hart, mayor of Moriarty, said he expects Google's acquisition of solar-powered drone maker Titan ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report concludes that working families in New Mexico will bear the burden of making up revenue lost to corporate income tax cuts. Photo courtesy New Mexico Legislature.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new report from New Mexico Voices for Children warns that taxpayers will shoulder the burden of the state's corporate income tax cuts. Gerry Bradley, senior researcher, Voices for Children, wrote "The Corporate Income Tax: A Declining but Essential Part of New Mexico State Revenue ...Read More

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