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PHOTO: If you're worried about the future of Social Security or Medicare when you go to vote in early November, AARP has a guide that may help you make up your mind about who to support. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FANCY FARM, Ky. - As this year's costly, pitched battle for the U.S. Senate heads into its stretch run, the state's leading seniors organization for Kentuckians age 50 and older has come out with something to help voters make up their minds. AARP Kentucky will debut its voters' guide on financial s ...Read More

PHOTO: Part of the popular Mount Defiance trail system is within the current boundaries of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and part is in a proposal to expand it. That legislation emerged from a House committee this week. Photo credit: Charlie Raines.

SEATTLE - Legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area near Snoqualmie Pass has been inching its way through Congress for about seven years, but there was good and bad news for Alpine Lakes fans and supporters on Wednesday. The bill (HR 361) was approved with a group of other public lands ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of Ohioans are in Pittsburgh this week to testify at EPA public hearings on the agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo credit: A. Shazly/Flickr Creative Commons.

CLEVELAND - Buses are leaving from Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland and Akron as dozens of Ohioans travel east to Pittsburgh to speak out on the importance of cleaner air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings in Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday on its proposed rules to reduce c ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent study shows that hundreds of jobs are created and millions of dollars are added to Utah's economy each year by the 40 nonprofit community health clinics in the state. Photo courtesy of the Lake County, Ill., Health Department.

SALT LAKE CITY – Nonprofit community health centers add hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to Utah's economy each year, according to a recent study. Alan Pruhs, executive director of the Association for Utah Community Health, says the economic impact study shows 40 clinics operating th ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit charges the City of New York with failing to make sidewalks safe for New Yorkers with disabilities. Photo courtesy of CIDNY.

NEW YORK – It's being called a landmark civil rights lawsuit and it claims New York City is in violation of federal disability civil rights laws. It has been 24 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land, and Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for In ...Read More

South Dakotans may be able to keep some of the worst effects of climate change at bay if new EPA rules to cut back on carbon emissions from power plants go forward. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kizer/Morguefile.

YANKTON, S.D. - Hundreds of people came before a regional hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Denver this week, as the agency takes public comments on rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many scientists believe power plant emissions are the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Kentucky General Assembly's Judiciary Committee hears testimony Friday on the future of the state's death penalty. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

PADUCAH, Ky. - An in-depth examination of the death penalty by state House and Senate Judiciary Committee members schedulef for Friday will mark a shift in the debate, according to Kentucky's public advocate. Public defender Ed Monahan said the discussion by lawmakers is moving from "Should we fix ...Read More

PHOTO: While many Missourians agree that the state's roads and highways could use some work, not everyone thinks a sales tax hike to fund road repairs is the best way to drive the state forward. Photo credit: Enapov/morguefile.com

ST. LOUIS - Missouri voters will decide next week whether to pass the largest sales-tax increase in the state's history to fund road projects, but some environmental advocates feel the proposal is a dead-end street. Chloe Ames, a Washington University student and Sierra Club intern, relies on publi ...Read More

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