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PHOTO: NPR's Diane Rehm is among the voices in a reading of the play "Surviving Grace," which is coming to Indianapolis in November to raises awareness about how Alzheimer's disease affects its victims and their families. Photo courtesy of Linder & Associates.

INDIANAPOLIS - An estimated 100,000 people in Indiana suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and a special production sheds light on the impact it has on them and their loved ones. The off-Broadway play 'Surviving Grace' follows a daughter's emotional journey caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. National ...Read More

PHOTO: The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of voter intimidation of college students. The message to students: you have the right to decide whether you register to vote at home or at college. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of alleged voter intimidation of college students. The Attorney General's communications director, Allison Martin, says the office is "actively reviewing the situation." At the heart of the complaint is an an ...Read More

PHOTO: Stacks of ballots will soon be arriving at Michigan polling places, and since many local races are decided by just a handful of votes, Michiganders are being urged to do their homework before Election Day - as those decisions will have consequences that will last for years. Photo credit: Dawn M. Turner/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - One week from today Michiganders will head to the polls to vote in the critical midterm elections, and decide the future direction of the state. However, before casting a vote, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League for Public Policy says it's important to take the time to find o ...Read More

PHOTO: With hunger still a struggle for 20 percent of Minnesota families with children, a new "road map" to ending food insecurity is being launched at the annual Food Access Summit this year in Duluth. Photo credit: Gordon Flood/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from around the state convene at the annual Food Access Summit, beginning today in Duluth. Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota human services commissioner, says this year's gathering will include the public laun ...Read More

PHOTO: Students from Michigan Technological University lent a hand chopping wood to help keep the elderly warm this winter, one of thousands of this year's Make a Difference Day projects. Photo credit: R. Jansen.

LANSING, Mich. – From collecting personal hygiene items for hospitalized veterans in Iron Mountain to cleaning up yards in Port Huron, thousands of Michiganders spent the weekend bettering their communities in ways large and small. For more than 20 years, the fourth Saturday in October has b ...Read More

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

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