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PHOTO: The Nevada Dept. of Transportation is urging extra caution on Nevada's rural roadways, where fatal accidents have increased sharply in some counties in the first half of this year. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada's traffic deaths overall are down for the first half of this year, but fatalities on rural roadways are way up, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Meg Ragonese, the department's public information officer, says 124 traffic deaths in Nevada in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado continues to work with the cannabis industry to make sure proper rules and safety guidelines are in place. Photo courtesy of the Cannabis Business Alliance.

DENVER - Colorado continues to work with the cannabis industry to make sure rules and safety guidelines are in place, six months after the implementation of legal marijuana. A new fee schedule for medical retail marijuana was recently put in place, as well as greater supervision of plant production ...Read More

PHOTO: A young veteran consults with Suffolk County United Veterans Social Worker Roberta Sharpe. Photo courtesy Suffolk County United Veterans.

NEW YORK CITY - Long Island ranks second in the nation for places veterans call 'home.' A recent grant is helping area veterans deal with stress, before it leads to losing a home or family. Michael Stoltz, executive director of Suffolk County United Veterans, said summer is the most difficult time ...Read More

PHOTO: Pain management clinics in Oregon are working with other medical providers to help people learn to manage chronic pain without prescription drugs. The newest clinic opened this month in Astoria. Photo credit: BVDC on
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ASTORIA, Ore. - A new pain-management clinic in Astoria is the latest step in a statewide effort to curb an epidemic of pain medication abuse in Oregon. The state is ranked first in the nation in deaths from pain prescription overdoses. Many drugs prescribed legally for chronic conditions lead to a ...Read More

IMAGE: Nearly 60 deaths at concerts in the U.S. and Canada were documented from 2010 to 2013. Image credit: ClickitTicket

AUSTIN, Texas – The summer concert season has arrived, and there are a number of dangers lurking amongst the music and the crowds that can lead to tragedy, mainly for teens and young adults. A new analysis from ClickitTicket reviewed more than 200 fatalities at concerts since 1969 and about ...Read More

PHOTO: Many children and seniors in Ohio are abused and neglected, and those who work in the agencies charged with keeping them safe say they lack the resources to do so effectively. Credit: Will Petrik, Advocates for Ohio's Future.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Those who work to protect Ohio's children and vulnerable seniors say their agencies are in a dire situation. The poor economy and the opiate epidemic in Ohio are among the problems putting strains on families. Cassandra Holtzmann, director, Ashland County Job and Family Services, ...Read More

PHOTO: Childhood behavioral expert Jim Harris says if it seems as though your teen's brain works differently from yours, that's because it does, but understanding the differences can be a  big help. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Maybe your teen's brain doesn't work the same way yours does, but a West Virginia childhood behavioral expert says new research can help. Jim Harris, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports coordinator, Marshall University Autism Training Center, works to improve behavioral ...Read More

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