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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

PHOTO: Randallstown High School students recently helped some non-tech-savvy Marylanders learn computer basics at an AARP Maryland event. Photo courtesy of AARP Maryland.

BALTIMORE, Md. - "If you need help with your computer, ask a kid." That may be a joke on the Internet, but the American Association of Retired Persons is taking it seriously by partnering the non-tech savvy with high school students in Maryland. At one recent event, about 80 students helped 80 sen ...Read More

PHOTO: Another round of public hearings is scheduled this week about Idaho's proposal to demand that the federal government turn land over to Idaho. Photo of Boise National Forest courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Idaho's demand that the federal government turn over public lands to the state is up for debate in a series of hearings Thursday and Friday in Idaho Falls, Soda Springs, Twin Falls, and Hailey. Courtney Washburn, community conservation director with the Idaho Conservation League ...Read More

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