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PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil ...Read More

PHOTO: ROTC candidates from MSU and U-of-M will join ultra marathoner Michael Richmond for Alex's Great State Race, a tribute to Alex Powell and all students with disabilities who want to make their college dreams come true. Photo credit: J. Powell.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - It will be Spartan versus Wolverine when the state's two biggest rivals take to the football field on Saturday, but today, the two are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind challenge to support students with disabilities. Spartan super fan Alex Powell dreamt his whole life of att ...Read More

PHOTO: The next open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act starts Nov. 15, and organizations across Arizona are training staff members to guide people through the application process. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services.

PHOENIX – Organizations across the Grand Canyon State are staffing up as the next open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) quickly approaches. Pati Urias is with Enroll America Arizona, a group that helps people get health insurance coverage. She says several organizations are ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

PHOTO: The One Church One School program pairs faith communities and schools to help students succeed in their educational and personal life. Photo courtesy of Rev. Leon Parker, III.

CHICAGO – They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in Illinois, dozens of faith communities are stepping up to help nurture the educational, social and personal development of students. Through the One Church One School program, churches pair up with schools to provide academic, soc ...Read More

PHOTO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the three "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" events across the state this weekend are expected to raise $800,000 to help fight the disease. Photo courtesy of American Cancer Society.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Breast cancer awareness means more than just sporting a pink ribbon; it means knowing what the risk factors are and taking steps to reduce those within one's control. That's the message from cancer experts, who urge Missourians to take charge of their breast health. Kansas City ...Read More

PHOTO: A book giveaway was part of the Eugene event for the Oregon Education Association's Week of Action. This week's message at education forums and fairs statewide is that strong public schools and colleges build strong communities. Photo courtesy Oregon Education Assn.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Events this weekend kicked off an Oregon Education Association Week of Action. It combines celebrations of public school progress with discussions of what else can be done to make school the best possible learning environment for students. From kindergarten to college, OEA and aff ...Read More

PHOTO: People fishing along the San Gabriel River. President Obama is designating part of the San Gabriel Mountains in northeast Los Angeles as a national monument today. Photo credit: Annette Kondo.
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LOS ANGELES - The San Gabriel Mountains are becoming the country's newest national monument. President Obama is in Southern California today to sign the designation that will protect 346,000 acres of forest lands. Claire Robinson, managing director with Amigos de los Rios, says this will increase th ...Read More

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