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PHOTO: Despite protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is still more difficult for Washingtonians with a disability to find a job than it is for other people. Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov/FeaturePics.com.

SEATTLE - Many retailers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays, but for one group of prospective employees, it isn't easy to land a job. They are people with disabilities, and their unemployment rate is almost 27 percent. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are asked t ...Read More

PHOTO: For those who smoke, health experts say quitting is one of the biggest steps Missourians can take toward improving their health. The state offers free help to smokers who want to quit through its hotline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

ST. LOUIS – Today could be the first day in a smoke free life for Missourians who take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, but only if they're ready to take the steps necessary to commit to quit. Keith Whittemore started smoking when he was a teenager serving in th ...Read More

PHOTO: The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was signed into law Wednesday by President Barack Obama, marking the first congressional reauthorization in more than 18 years. New York advocates say they now need to push for funding to implement parts of the law. Photo credit: Ethan Hein/Flckr  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

COMMACK, N.Y. – After 18 years of no congressional action, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) finally has been signed into law. The measure revises the block grant to include basic provisions to improve the quality of child care around the country. President Barack Obama si ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says Wyoming needs to do more to prevent the burning off of natural gas resources. Credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons

LANDER, Wy. - When it comes to the flaring of natural gas, some analysts say Wyoming should be following the lead of Alaska, which has strict rules that seldom allow the practice. In Wyoming, however, excess natural gas goes up in flames every day - typically at oil drilling sites where natural gas ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Washington State Director Doug Shadel prowls a parking lot with a convicted ID thief as part of his research about consumer fraud. The group's new survey says few Washingtonians take all the little but important steps to prevent identity theft. Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

SEATTLE - Many Washingtonians are playing right into the hands of crooks and identity thieves, according to a new statewide survey by AARP Washington. And it's the simple fraud prevention tips everyone has heard that, surprisingly, they're not putting into place. Fifty-seven percent of those surve ...Read More

PHOTO: A vote is expected by the end of the month at the Statehouse on a bill to create a retirement savings option for the more than 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have a retirement savings plan through their employer. Photo credit: M. Connors/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - House lawmakers are expected to vote soon on legislation that would expand access to employment-based retirement savings in Illinois. Senate Bill 2758, also known as the "Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program," would provide an Individual Retirement Account plan for businesses ...Read More

PHOTO: A mid-November dusting of snow on this electric meter is a reminder of the heating bills ahead. Applications are now being accepted for a one-time subsidy from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The calendar says it's still fall - but this week's snow, sleet and single-digit wind chills have plunged Kentucky into the heart of winter, early. For some, keeping their homes warm is a struggle. That's where a government program known as LIHEAP comes in. Mike Moynahan, energy pr ...Read More

PHOTO: As some churches around Ohio make steps to become energy efficient, First Presbyterian Church of Athens has received an EPA award for its efforts. Photo courtesy of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - "Going green" is a matter of faith for some houses of worship in Ohio. They are implementing measures that save money and help the environment. At First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Pastor Rob Martin says addressing greenhouses gases that lead to climate change seems like an overw ...Read More

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