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PHOTO: Conservationists have their eyes on the Owyhee Canyonlands as Oregon's next potential federal wilderness area, though legislation remains to be introduced. Chalk Basin is part of the 2.1 million acre area. Photo credit: Greg Burke.

BEND, Ore. - September 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of Wilderness Act, the federal law that created the National Wilderness Preservation System. Today, Oregon has about 2.5 million acres of protected wilderness, and while that may seem like a substantial number, it is in fact far le ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office reports the pieces are now being put in place for a comprehensive review of aging services in state government. Photo credit: Carlton Browne/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One thing nearly all Tennesseans can agree on is they want good health and independence as they age, and efforts are underway in the state to make sure those opportunities exist today and into the future. The Governor's Task Force on Aging has already recommended a number of step ...Read More

PHOTO: The Spread Some Good food drive in Ohio is collecting donations through Sept. 17, specifically to purchase low-salt, low-sugar peanut butter for Ohio seniors. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Peanut butter often is seen as a kid's favorite food, but for folks of all ages, it's a very good source of nutrition and is being used to combat hunger among older Ohioans. AARP is focusing a new charitable campaign in the next few weeks on stocking local food pantries with peanut ...Read More

PHOTO: The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote 94 years ago this week. Now the anniversary of the amendment's signing marks Women's Equality Day nationwide. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today marks the 94th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Events are planned in cities across the state, including Charlotte and Raleigh, to commemorate the day. Women's groups are also using the anniversary as an opportunity to ta ...Read More

PHOTO: The new Chesapeake Conservation Corps class will be announced Tuesday, and is set to include 32 people ages 18 to 25 who will spend a year volunteering on projects that benefit the bay. Photo credit: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - At least 32 young people are ready to get to work Tuesday to serve as yearlong volunteers with the 2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. More than 100 students had applied for positions with organizations that work on environmental projects benefitting the health of Chesapeak ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A simple change in lifestyle can make a big difference in a person's long-term health outlook. Getting people to make that change is one of the goals of the Eastern South Dakota Heart Walk, to be held Saturday in Sioux Falls. Chrissy Meyers, director of media relations for the A ...Read More

PHOTO: Tensions may have cooled somewhat in Ferguson, Missouri, but protesters continue to take to the streets, leaving many to wonder what it will take to put the city back together. Photo credit: LoavesofBread/Wikimedia Commons.

FERGUSON, Mo. - The unrest in Ferguson over the past two weeks since the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has deeply moved Missourians and people across the U.S. Experts and politicians are now weighing in on what caused the community's problems, and how to fix them. Many have quest ...Read More

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

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