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PHOTO: Sharlene Geraghty of Hastings was honored by AARP with the 2013 Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. Nominations for the 2014 award now are being accepted. Photo courtesy AARP Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search is on to find and honor those older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer work. Jay Haapala, associate state director for community outreach at AARP Minnesota, said the organization now is accepting nominations of those peo ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado's advancements in transparency in government spending have earned the state high marks in a report by CoPIRG. Photo courtesy Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - For government transparency, Colorado gets high marks in a new national evaluation of state spending by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group. The state went from a grade of D-plus to a B for 2013, earning recognition for greater online access to how public money is spent. CoPIRG dir ...Read More

PHOTO: - A petition with more than 6,000 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Mark Dayton today, asking him to implement a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Photo credit: Derek Bakken/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the arrival of Earth Day in Minnesota comes the arrival of a petition on frac sand mining to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton, asking him for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. It has more than 6000 signatures, including that of Marilyn Frauen ...Read More

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - One in three Washington residents makes time for some kind of volunteer activity during the year, and the value of these time contributions totals an impressive $5.6 billion. Today, the state is saying "thanks." On Volunteer Appreciation Day, Gov. Jay Inslee is honoring 44 people i ...Read More

PHOTO: The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, says the GM recall shows how the civil justice system is a check on corporations. (Photo provided by WAJ)

MADISON, Wis. – General Motors recently recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that’s blamed for 13 deaths. Christopher Stombaugh, an attorney and president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the only reason the public became aware of the problem w ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is highlighting the need for better federal investment in communities. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

CHICAGO - As they put their taxes in the mail today, some Illinoisans will join others across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, 57 percent of all U.S. di ...Read More

PHOTO: As residents across Iowa race to beat the midnight tax deadline, protesters are hitting the streets over what they call misplaced priorities on government spending. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey

DES MOINES, Iowa - As residents across Iowa race to beat the midnight tax deadline, a protest is planned this afternoon over the way the government is spending those hard-earned dollars. The protest will focus on the corporate tax breaks given by Congress, which, according to Kathleen McQuillen, Iow ...Read More

Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York ...Read More

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