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PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: Two cities in Utah are among the best in the U.S. for older Americans to live, according to the Milken Institute's "Best Cities for Successful Aging Index." Photo credit: Utah Department of Human Services.

SALT LAKE CITY - According to the Milken Institute Best Cities for Successful Aging Index, released Tuesday, Provo and Salt Lake City are among the nation's best cities for aging Americans. The report ranks Provo third and Salt Lake fifth on its list of 100 cities. Laura Polacheck, communications d ...Read More

Photo: Economic experts predict a significant budget crisis looming in North Carolina, with reduced revenue after tax cuts for the state's wealthiest citizens and profitable corporations. Photo credit: North Carolina State University.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers are likely enjoying some downtime after the legislative session and midterm election, but experts predict a tough session waiting for them on their return to Raleigh. A report from the Office of the State Controller indicates tax revenues are down by almost ...Read More

PHOTO: Maury Forman addresses a group of prospective entrepreneurs in Republic, Wash., an area that will feel the economic effects of the Buckhorn gold mine closure in 2015 and where residents are looking at other business opportunities. Photo courtesy Washington Dept. of Commerce.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Move over Shark Tank! Washington entrepreneurs are ready to dive into new business ventures – and across the state, this is the week to get started. The third annual Global Entrepreneurship Week has grown to include every county, and more than 200 workshops and class ...Read More

PHOTO: Bob Keefe (center) with the nonpartisan small business group Environmental Entrepreneurs says the 210,000 comments from Virginians show strong support in the state for an EPA clean-power plan that would cut carbon pollution. Photo by Sarah Bucci, courtesy of Environment Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – More than 200,000 Virginians have voiced their support for an Environmental Protection Agency plan to reduce carbon pollution linked to climate change. The comments were stacked in cases at the state Capitol Wednesday. Bob Keefe, executive director of the small business own ...Read More

PHOTO: Helen Slottje, a legal expert on fracking, is speaking about community rights at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Photo courtesy of Helen Slottje.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A legal expert on "local control" is speaking in Montana on Saturday about how local laws can help communities protect themselves against fracking and other oil and gas development. Attorney Helen Slottje's legal research has inspired more than 200 communities around the country t ...Read More

PHOTO: People around the world are building awareness of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease, by wearing purple today. Photo courtesy of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinoisans and others around the world are encouraged to don purple today to mark the first World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day. Kelli Steckbauer, a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Greater Chicago, says this is one of the most deadly types of can ...Read More

Photo: Raleigh's economy is booming overall, but according to the latest State of the South report not everyone is reaping the economic rewards. Photo credit: Jmalljmall/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Business is booming for some North Carolina cities, namely Raleigh and Charlotte, both of which made Forbes magazine's recent rating of "Best Places for Business and Careers." While that's good news for those riding the upswing, the new State of the South report from MDC Incorporate ...Read More

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