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PHOTO: The California Fish and Game Commission is considering whether to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. A decision may be announced when the commission meets in Ventura on Wednesday. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

VENTURA, Calif. - Wolf advocates in California are urging policymakers to welcome the animals back to the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to announce Wednesday if gray wolves will be getting protections under the California Endangered Species Act. According to Pam ...Read More

PHOTO: Grandchildren have the chance to put into words the special relationship they share with their grandparents in AARP Michigan's fifth annual Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. Photo credit: DTL via morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. – From special treats to life lessons and everywhere in between, grandparents play an important part in the lives of many children, which is why AARP Michigan is holding its fifth annual Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. Lisa Whitmore Davis, associate state director fo ...Read More

The Susquehanna River, tops on the American Rivers 2011 Most Endangered Rivers list, is not on the list at all this year. Photo courtesy of publicdomainpics.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – How does a Pennsylvania river considered the most endangered in the nation in a 2011 report manage to drop off the list altogether? Three years ago, when the group American Rivers issued its annual list of America's Ten Most Endangered Rivers, the Susquehanna sat at the ver ...Read More

PHOTO: The Michigan Credit Union League donated 3,300 copies of books aimed at helping youngsters and their parents better understand money. Families will receive them at special events this week. Photo courtesy of: Michigan Credit Union League.

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan credit unions want to make sure that kids are learning the value of money, along with reading, writing, and arithmetic. That's why they've teamed up with libraries across the state this week to hold special "story times" for families, with a focus on money. Beth Troost is ...Read More

PHOTO: Residents of the San Juans say having portions of the islands designated as a national monument assures them local input on management of that land. Photo credit: Linda Hudson.

SEATTLE - It has been one year since the San Juan Islands National Monument was created by President Obama, and island residents are concerned that other communities will not get the same chance, if a bill that just passed in the House makes its way through Congress. The legislation would make it m ...Read More

PHOTO: As the AmeriCorps program marks its 20th anniversary, recruitment is beginning for the next terms of service. Photo credit: Ohio Assn. of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A poverty-fighting organization is looking for some new recruits who can provide a helping hand for Ohioans in need. In exchange for a modest stipend, AmeriCorps members volunteer at schools, shelters, and other community service programs throughout the state. According to Dustin ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan has a long way to go to provide opportunities for children of all races to succeed, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy US Dept. of Education.

LANSING, Mich. - If Michigan can truly be a place where all kids have the chance to succeed, the state has a long way to go, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study compares how children of different races and ethnic backgrounds are doing on such key indicators as ear ...Read More

PHOTO: In addition to breathtaking views of places such as Fisher Peak, the North Cascades National Park complex reported contributing $26.4 million to the local economy in 2013. Photo credit: Autumn Carlsen, National Park Service.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - President Obama wants to allocate more money to the National Park Service to spruce up the parks for the agency's 100th birthday, and Congress will decide whether to go along with that request in the next few weeks. The president is proposing a small increase of $55 million in the N ...Read More

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