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PHOTO: B.V. Wine from California's Napa Valley is donating a portion of profits from sales in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. to the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Trust. The nonprofit funds about $5 million in projects and programs to improve the bay each year. Photo credit: NOAA.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A bi-coastal partnership is mixing water with fine wines to benefit projects to restore Chesapeake Bay. Beaulieu Vineyard, or B.V. Wine, from California's Napa Valley is donating a portion of its profits from sales in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. to the nonprofit Chesape ...Read More

PHOTO: The use of smart meter technology is growing in Ohio, but some warn the risks to consumer protections outweigh any potential benefits for utility customers. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

FINDLAY, Ohio - The number of Ohio homes plugged into smart meters is growing, allowing utilities to collect and monitor usage information. Utilities are touting the ability of customers to monitor their energy consumption, but some consumer advocates are voicing concerns about the risk smart meter ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 250 people from around the Gem State are expected to attend the Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security on October 28th. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - More than 250 people from around the Gem State are coming together to tackle hunger and food security in Idaho, as they attend the Nourishing Idaho Together conference next month to collaborate on food solutions utilizing public-private partnerships. One of those due to attend the co ...Read More

PHOTO: The extra money minimum-wage workers will bring home starting this week is welcome, but experts say it's just one step the state needs to take to lift more Michigan families out of poverty. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - Many Michigan workers will now be taking home a little extra, as the state's minimum wage increased this week from $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour. But analysts say much more needs to be done to tackle income inequality in the state. Yannet Lathrop is a policy analyst and the auth ...Read More

PHOTO: The "State of Working Ohio 2014" report from Policy Matters Ohio finds inequities in wages and low workforce participation. Photo credit: M.Connors/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As we pause to celebrate the American worker this Labor Day, a new report indicates many Ohio workers may not feel so appreciated. Amy Hanauer, executive director of the research group Policy Matters Ohio, says its new report, "State of Working Ohio," finds labor market part ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota's labor unions say Labor Day should be more than a long weekend at the end of summer. It should also be time to recognize the hard work - and workers - around the state. Mark Anderson, president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor, said too many people and ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon agriculture groups say many farms are critically shorthanded. Some farmers say they'll support Measure 88, allowing Oregon residents who don't have the necessary paperwork for a driver's license to get a driver's card instead. Photo credit: PattieS/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Or. - Oregon farmers have two things in common heading into fall – they're busy and they're shorthanded. So, many say they are supporting a ballot measure that would allow people to get driver's cards, no matter their immigration status. Opponents of the driver's card have warned allow ...Read More

PHOTO: UNC research found that proximity to care impacts publicly insured patient's ability to continue cancer treatment. Photo courtesy National Cancer Institute

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The quality of cancer care you receive in North Carolina could depend on where you live. That's the conclusion of two studies recently published in the North Carolina Medical Journal. Stephanie Wheeler, assistant professor in health policy and management at the Gillings School o ...Read More

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