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OLYMPIA, Wash. - One in three Washington residents makes time for some kind of volunteer activity during the year, and the value of these time contributions totals an impressive $5.6 billion. Today, the state is saying "thanks." On Volunteer Appreciation Day, Gov. Jay Inslee is honoring 44 people i ...Read More

PHOTO: Do your childen go to school near a potentially dangerous chemical facility? The Center for Effective Government's new report finds there is a one-in-10 chance they do. Image courtesy Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One in 10 Missouri children spends several hours each weekday in the shadow of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to a new report by the Center for Effective Government. Sean Moulton, the center’s director of open government policy, says parents a ...Read More

PHOTO: Several electric buses now serving Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. – A few electric buses now being operated in Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over the next several years. Michael Moreno, public information officer at the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, says his ag ...Read More

PHOTO: A large donation of pork sausage this week will help feed Ohioans who struggle to put food on the table. Credit: Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In time for the Easter holiday, a donation will provide more than 88,000 meals for hungry Ohio families. More than 1,700 pounds of pork in the form of sausage are being donated to food banks in Ohio this week as part of the annual Ohio Pork Power program. David Shoup is a v ...Read More

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as "drift catchers" to monitor air samples for pesticides over the summer. Photo credit: D. Michael Burns.

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl ...Read More

PHOTO: Residents across southern Minnesota will have a chance to weigh in in the days ahead on the possible environmental impact from a new transmission line. Photo credit: Ben Tesch

ST. PAUL, Minn. - To meet the growing energy needs in the state, the construction of a new transmission line in southern Minnesota is moving forward and residents will soon get a chance to weigh in on the project. According to Lu Nelsen, energy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, comm ...Read More

PHOTO: A conference in Chicago will bring together educators, tutors and new adult readers to examine the latest strategies in adult literacy. Photo credit: morgue file/clarita.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Adult literacy goes beyond being able to curl up with a good book. Experts say reading struggles also can translate into troubles functioning in an ever-changing world. Dorothy Miaso, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, says being literate means knowi ...Read More

PHOTO: Waterloo is one of three cities in the state being lauded for making development decisions with all modes of transit in mind, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Photo credit: David Wilson

WATERLOO, Iowa – It's a tale of two travels in Iowa, as some communities have made the list of cities dealing with the most sprawl, while others are being honored for their work on transportation that includes options for pedestrians and bicyclists. Those being recognized include Cedar Falls ...Read More

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