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PHOTO: The BLM is kicking off a new initiative called "Planning 2.0," and the agency is inviting Coloradans to offer their input on how public lands are managed. The BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public lands in Colorado, including areas near the Colorado River. Photo courtesy of American Rivers.

DENVER - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting stakeholders and citizens to take part this week in a new initiative to balance the protection of the land with its potential for development. Titled "Planning 2.0," the program aims to improve how the BLM makes planning decisions in the weste ...Read More

PHOTO: A new AARP Ohio Voter Guide provides information on the governor's race and all 16 Congressional races on the November ballot. Photo courtesy of AARP.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The election is slightly more than a month away, and a new resource is available that could help prevent voters from feeling left in the dark about the candidates' positions on important issues. AARP Ohio releases its 2014 Voter Guide today. Volunteer state president Mike Barnhart ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study from AARP finds many older workers in Texas, especially women, have little saved as they approach retirement. Photo credit: Claudia A. De La Garza/Flickr.
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HOUSTON - Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they'll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Patients can't make the best decisions about their healthcare needs if they don't have all the information, and some groups are raising concerns about the plethora of medical mergers involving faith-based groups that don't perform or condone some procedures. Photo credit: Chad Hutchison/
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SEATTLE - Almost half the hospital beds in Washington are now part of faith-based healthcare systems, up from one-in-four just four years ago. Some believe the trend could limit the types of care available to patients, and they're speaking out about it. Those affiliations include Vancouver-based Pe ...Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. - The State Board of Elections is investigating the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity to determine whether it committed a felony after the North Carolina Democratic Party filed a formal complaint on Monday. This comes after AFP sent thousands of mailers to citizens ...Read More

PHOTO: An AARP national official says Wisconsinites need to quiz candidates this fall ahead of the November election on their positions on strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and health care in retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

MILWAUKEE - Candidates are not saying enough about how they would strengthen Social Security and improve financial security for older Wisconsinites, according to Eric Schneidewind, president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board. He says their incomes have not ke ...Read More

PHOTO: An advocate for senior citizens says voters need to quiz candidates this fall, ahead of the November election, on their position regarding strengthening Social Security for today's retirees and tomorrow's generation. Photo courtesy of

CHICAGO - The president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board, Eric Schneidewind, says candidates are not talking about the main issues voters 50 and older have identified as being of primary importance to them. "We go out and poll our members, and we ask them w ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleven oil-by-rail projects have been proposed for the Northwest since 2012. This car, known as a DOT-111, is the type that carries Bakken crude oil. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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SEATTLE - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail, pipeline and fuel terminal proposals across Washington, Oregon and ...Read More

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