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PHOTO: Thousands of Nevadans volunteer at food banks, hospitals, animal shelters, and schools each year, and AARP Nevada is seeking nominees for its highest honor given for volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Douglas County, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who give their time and talents to help others can be nominated for an award that recognizes the positive contribution of volunteerism. Hilarie Grey with AARP Nevada says the 2015 AARP Nevada Andrus Award for Community Service – named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Pe ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C ...Read More

PHOTO: Congressman Raśl Grijalva is sponsoring three bills in Congress to protect public lands and cultural resources in southern Arizona, lending some certainty to the state's outdoor recreation economy. Photo credit: Representative Raśl Grijalva.

PHOENIX – Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D–Tucson) is sponsoring three bills in Congress which he says seek to better protect and preserve public lands, cultural resources and the economy. The proposed legislation would create multiple heritage and conservation areas on over tw ...Read More

PIERRE, S.D. - More than 8,000 delegates from across the nation will gather in Orlando, Fla., this weekend for the annual delegate assembly of the National Education Association. The body will discuss issues that affect teachers and schools nationwide. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota E ...Read More

PHOTO: The Blackfeet Nation is hosting a Badger Two-Medicine Day on Saturday at Mitten Lake. Hikes, trail rides, language lessons and ceremonies all are free to the public.

BROWNING, Mont. - The Badger-Two Medicine area's history, landscape and recreational opportunities will be celebrated Saturday at Mitten Lake. Badger Two-Medicine Day offers a plant-identification workshop, hikes and trail rides, Blackfeet language lessons and stories about the cultural heritage of ...Read More

PHOTO: Pope Francis says it's important for the world to do more to curb climate change. The Tesla Motors' gigafactory being built near Reno is an example of how the state can benefit economically from renewable energy. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Climate change primarily has been an environmental and often a political issue. This week, it officially has become a moral issue. In his new position paper known as a papal encyclical, Pope Francis asks Catholics to take a strong stand to fight global warming, and says failure ...Read More

PHOTO: Program director Nation Wright leads a traditional Native American round dance with students at Minnesota's American Indian Freedom Schools program, the first of its kind among the more than 200 Freedom Schools sites across the United States. Photo courtesy of CDF-Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a goal of curbing summer learning loss and closing the achievement gap, the nation's first-ever Freedom Schools program for the American Indian community has opened in Minnesota. The six-week summer enrichment offering is provided by Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. Its pro ...Read More

Photo: Leon Brown (center) and Henry McCollum received a pardon of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory after spending 30 years on death row. Photo courtesty: Jenny Warburg

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's death penalty system is broken, say criminal justice experts, and they stress the recent pardon of two inmates by Gov. Pat McCrory is proof of that. Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were pardoned late last week – on the recommendation of the North Carolina ...Read More

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