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PHOTO: Saturday voting for the Nov. 4 election begins tomorrow, and Voter Block Parties will be held in several Ohio cities to encourage voters to cast their ballot early. Photo credit: Tom Arthur/Wikimedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tomorrow marks the first Saturday for early voting in Ohio, and activists around the state say they will celebrate while fighting back against voter suppression. Voter Block Parties will be held in Akron, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown near county Board of Elections offices. Aramis ...Read More

PHOTO: Over the phone and in person, volunteers are reaching out to Latino voters in Illinois this weekend and encouraging them to get to the polls on Nov. 4. Photo credit: Don Carlson.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -A good working democracy depends on the participation of everyone, and that's why faith communities, college students and undocumented citizens in Central Illinois are coming together to encourage Latino voters to cast their ballot on Nov. 4. Jennifer Carrillo, an Immigrant Justic ...Read More

PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

RICHMOND, Va. - As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communication Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwaves curr ...Read More

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased ...Read More

PHOTO: Trying to prevent the deaths of teenage drivers in Arizona and across the nation is the focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week. Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

PHOENIX – Parents in Arizona and around the nation are urged to talk with their teenagers who are starting to drive as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week. The safety campaign is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It stresses that vehicle crashes are the leading c ...Read More

PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli ...Read More

Photo: Denver Public Schools incorporates salad bars into their school lunches to encourage healthy eating and meet federal nutrition standards. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Schools.
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DENVER - Friday may be National Food Day, but Coloradans are being invited to do more than just eat in celebration. Nutrition advocates are hoping Coloradans will join others across the U.S. in improving their diets and food policies. One topic is whether school systems should have to follow 2012 f ...Read More

PHOTO: After-school programs in Ohio provide extended learning opportunities for children after the school bell rings. Photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Center Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After-school programs offer educational activities for children in a safe place, but only an estimated 15 percent of Ohio kids are participating in one. As part of Thursday's nationwide Lights On Afterschool event, students, teachers and parents from around the state will participa ...Read More

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