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Photo: Florida is one of three states cited in a new report on Election Day lines and significant waits at polling places. According to the report, Latino and African-American are especially affected. Photo credit: Institute for Southern Studies.

MIAMI - Election season in the Sunshine State is in full swing, with candidates competing for your vote - but it may take longer to cast your ballot depending on where you live. Florida is among the three states named in a national report examining long waits at the polls. According to the report, ...Read More

PHOTO: Baltimore is encouraging citizens, groups and businesses to be creative with proposals to turn vacant lots into spaces that benefit neighborhoods, and the environment. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Trust

BALTIMORE - Taking an eyesore and turning it into neighborhood "eye candy." Winners are sharing nearly $300,000 in funding in the Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed. Their projects will improve neighborhoods and include environmental benefits, such as reducing stormwater runo ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado has an enviable outdoor recreation economy worth about $12 billion annually, but conservationists and outdoor recreation business leaders worry the state's new water plan may reduce river levels and flow. Photo credit: Jeremy Bailey/American Whitewater.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Outdoor business leaders and conservationists are joining forces to urge Colorado to prioritize river-based recreation in the state's upcoming water plan. As the Colorado Water Conservation Board meets Friday to discuss the first statewide water plan, the conservation and ...Read More

PHOTO: Ten Montana farmers and ranchers voiced concerns about rail shipping delays during the National Farmers Union Fly-in to Washington, D.C., this week. Photo credit: Library of Congress

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Railroads are the backbone of agriculture for Montana. Rail shipping gets products to markets, grain elevators and export terminals, but scheduling rail cars has become trickier with the expansion of oil production in the Bakken. That's the experience Montana Farmers Union membe ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A new report shines a light on how many people in the state are struggling, with 1.5 million Michiganders either below the poverty line or struggling to make ends meet. Image courtesy of the Michigan Association of United Ways.

LANSING, Mich. - Though they might technically be escaping poverty, a large group of Michiganders is continually struggling to make ends meet, according to a new study of financial hardship in the state called the ALICE project. An acronym, ALICE stands for "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Emplo ...Read More

PHOTO: A new survey of workers who keep airplanes clean and fueled, load baggage and assist passengers at Portland International Airport outlines their concerns about working conditions, hourly wages, and overall lack of benefits. Photo credit: TravinkovStudio/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Portland International Airport are urging airline passengers to look beyond its recent designation as "America's Best Airport" to the working conditions behind the scenes. People who clean the planes, assist passengers, and handle baggage say that, like other major air te ...Read More

PHOTO: The popular Edmonds Fishing Pier is almost 40 years old and needs major renovations to keep it safe. The city says it has all but given up counting on scarce Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to help complete the work. Photo courtesy City of Edmonds.

EDMONDS, Wash. - A coalition of hunting and fishing organizations says the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) could be doing a lot more for local economies if Congress would stop raiding the money. In a new report, 17 sportsman's groups cite examples of recreation and conservation projects in ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office reports the pieces are now being put in place for a comprehensive review of aging services in state government. Photo credit: Carlton Browne/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One thing nearly all Tennesseans can agree on is they want good health and independence as they age, and efforts are underway in the state to make sure those opportunities exist today and into the future. The Governor's Task Force on Aging has already recommended a number of step ...Read More

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