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PHOTO: Environmental groups are proposing a ready-to-implement plan called The Mounds Greenway to protect the West Fork of the White River, and leave it as a free-flowing river. Photo courtesy of Heart of the River.

ANDERSON, Ind. - Opponents of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in central Indiana say they have an alternative plan that would save the free-flowing White River and protect surrounding forests and wetlands. The reservoir project would dam the West Fork White River and create a 2,000-acre lake, wh ...Read More

PHOTO: Summer is a critical time as neighbors in Arizona can help save lives by donating blood. Photo credit: U.S. State Department.

PHOENIX - Arizonans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and give blood as supplies tend to diminish during the summer months. Julia Wulf is CEO of the Blood Services Division at the American Red Cross. She says donations of blood drop during the summer because high school students are on break, ...Read More

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say the recent protests in Ferguson highlight the need for better understanding that the right to record events in public extends to both working journalists and everyday citizens. Photo credit: Alvimann/Morguefile.

FERGUSON, Mo. - Tensions continue to run high in Ferguson following last week's clashes in which protestors and journalists were assaulted, arrested, and tear-gassed. Experts caution what happened in Ferguson could happen anywhere. David Cullier is the president of the Society of Professional Journ ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 1,400 adoptive families in Indiana on a waiting list for the State Adoption Subsidy since 2009 will finally get the money they need. Photo credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of adopted children and their families in Indiana will finally receive long awaited support. In 2009, the state began placing families that adopted children with special needs on a waiting list for additional financial help. Gov. Mike Pence is now releasing $10 mill ...Read More

MAP: The free map created by 10 outdoor recreation and conservation groups is credited with giving a much needed push to the local economy of Darrington, Wash., after the Oso mudslide cut access to the town for two months this spring. Image courtesy DestinationDarringtonMap.com.

DARRINGTON, Wash. – A visit from a U.S. senator and a newly launched science and technology program for school children are just two of the most recent developments in Darrington. The town of about 1,400 gained worldwide attention in March for its proximity to the deadly Oso mudslide, which ...Read More

PHOTO: There is an urgent need for blood donations in Indiana this month. Photo credit: Albaraac/wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS – As summer starts to wind down, local blood donations tend to slow down, too. Lucy Wehking, corporate communications specialist for the Indiana Blood Center, says the center was unable to fill a few hospital orders this week because of a lower amount of blood donations. She s ...Read More

PHOTO: Some say it's the perfect match, older adults with older pets needing foster homes. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ashley Jerman/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For a rising number of Tennesseans, as they grow older and enter retirement and go through other major life changes, it's not a time to slow down, but a chance to seek out meaning. That may include finding ways to give back and make a difference. Tara Shaver, interim com ...Read More

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