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PHOTO: An AARP study says 90 percent of the 45+ population would like to stay in their community and near family and friends as they age. Making it convenient to walk instead of drive is one way to help. Photo credit: AnneCN/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's said to be a key factor in creating healthier and more livable communities, and the walkability of Iowa towns and cities is taking center stage this week. Residents, elected officials and municipal leaders will gather Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines to learn how ...Read More

PHOTO: Adam O'Neal, center, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., will complete his walk from his hometown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. His aim is to call attention to the need for states to expand Medicaid, to cover more people and improve the financial stability of rural hospitals that treat them. Photo courtesy of O'Neal.

RICHMOND, Va. - A small-town mayor walking though Virginia will reach Washington, D.C., on Monday, carrying the message that rural hospitals need Medicaid expansion to survive. Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., is walking from his hometown to the nation's capital - 540,000 steps, ...Read More

PHOTO: At least $500,000 is being distributed Tuesday among some 300 food shelves across Minnesota, which took part in the March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Photo credit: Neeta Lind / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - With kids out of school and families busy with summer plans, July is traditionally a tough time for food bank shelves as demand rises and donations fall. But according to Suzanne Shatila, director of Minnesota FoodShare, a boost is on the way thanks to the March Campaign, a statewide ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Homegrown By Heroes initiative allows all American farmers and ranchers who have or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military the ability to use the logo on their agricultural products. Photo credit: USDA photo by Tom Witham.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A big weekend is approaching for military veterans across the region who are ready to take their boots from the battlefields to the farm fields. The Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans aims to connect vets and service members considering a career in agriculture with inf ...Read More

PHOTO: Ocean acidification is eroding coral reefs, like this one in Pacific Panama. Photo credit: Derek Manzello

MIAMI – This weekend, thousands of people will enjoy Florida’s beaches, but many may not realize the saltwater they're swimming in is becoming increasingly acidic. Another unpleasant side effect of global warming, ocean acidification is a steady decrease in the pH levels of ocean water ...Read More

PHOTO: In July last year, Oregon summer meal programs served almost 688,000 lunches statewide. Their goal is to ensure that lower-income children don't go without nutritious food when school isn't in session. Photo credit: Monkey Business Images / iStockphoto.com

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – July is when more children turn out for free meals in their communities than any other summer month – and at almost 750 sites across the state, hungry children are being fed. Oregon's numbers are down a little bit in the latest report on Summer Nutrition Programs. It ...Read More

PHOTO: AmeriCorps volunteers helped construct a sandbag wall to protect Clarksville's historic downtown, but they say more needs to be done to find a long-term solution to flooding in this Mississippi River community. Photo credit: Clare Holdinghaus.

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - A municipal decision put one historic Missouri city in danger as the Mississippi River began to rise. While volunteers stepped in to save the town, they say a permanent solution is needed to keep Clarksville's history from washing away. The Clarksville City Council said it couldn ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

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