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PHOTO: With Proposal 2 now upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, higher-education leaders say the state's focus should be on improving educational opportunities for Michigan's children long before they begin the college application process. Photo courtesy of hmm360/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. – Education leaders in Michigan say following this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's ban on race-based preference in college admissions increasing diversity on the state’s college campuses needs to begin in elementary school. Michael Boulus, executiv ...Read More

Lawmakers from both parties are joining efforts to get Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider cuts to family and children programs. PHOTO of the Capitol rotunda copyrighted by the state Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State lawmakers from both parties are asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to let them consider restoring money cut from programs for children and families. The governor cut $1 million from safety-net budgets, including those for child advocacy, in-home family education and suppo ...Read More

ILLUSTRATION: April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month is focused on preventing violence on campuses, while recognizing that assaults can be more than physical in nature. Groups are calling out behaviors and instances that attempt to "normalize" sexual violence, and promoting values that encourage respect. Illustration courtesy Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

BOISE, Idaho - It's back to school for April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Idaho. While awareness is important, Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence said "action" is the focus as her group works with college and university campus leaders ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky's health exchange, known as "kynect," has enrolled more than 413,000 people for health insurance coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one in 10 Kentucky residents has signed up for insurance coverage under the state's health-benefit exchange known as "kynect." The raw numbers: 413,410 Kentuckians, including Beth Moore from Louisville. She signed up when she became self-employed in January, she said, and in ...Read More

PHOTO: Healthy choices? An Ohio school district is standing out for its creative strategies to bring healthy meals and snacks to its students. Photo credit: Bob Nichols/U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CINCINNATI - With experts citing a link between nutrition and learning, an Ohio school district is standing out as a leader for bringing healthy food choices to students. Audrey Rowe, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, and other leaders visited Cincin ...Read More

PHOTO: Studies show that many girls lose interest in technology by the time they reach high school, a trend that Eastern Michigan University and its partners in the 4th annual "Digital Divas" conference are working to combat. Photo courtesy of gracey/morguefile.com.

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Hundreds of girls from across Michigan will have the chance to try out some hot technology this week in the hopes they see a fit for themselves in a high-tech career. Eastern Michigan University will host the fourth annual "Digital Divas" conference on Friday. Program manager Bi ...Read More

PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or ...Read More

PHOTO: Lindsay Scheidell, American Heart Association in Wisconsin, says childhood obesity is parents' biggest health concern, and the battle is far from over. Photo courtesy American Heart Assn.-Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying childhood obesity rates are plummeting did not stand up when researchers took a more careful look at the data. The real numbers are cause for concern, according to Lindsay Scheidell, American Heart Assoc ...Read More

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