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PHOTO: A new program from the University of Utah offers discounts on solar products for those associated with the school. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah is partnering with a nonprofit organization to get more homes solar-powered. The program with Utah Clean Energy is called U Community Solar. Kate Bowman, solar project coordinator at Utah Clean Energy, says university faculty, students, staff and oth ...Read More

Photo: Gardening is growing in popularity in North Carolina and the rest of the country, including the practice of urban farming, where little, or not, land is used. Photo courtesy of Ashevillage Institute

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – This weekend, thousands of North Carolinians are expected to roll up their sleeves and spruce up their yards as the weather warms. Many of them also are looking towards plants of an edible variety. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), 35 percent of Americ ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of payday loans in Minnesota has more than doubled over the past five years, with the average borrower taking out 10 loans. Photo credit: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are expected to take up legislation today to reform the rules around payday lending in the state. Supporters say the proposal would help protect consumers from over-the-top interest rates and fees, which can leave them in a spiral of debt. It's somethi ...Read More

PHOTO: Health officials hope the DEA's Prescription Drug Take-Back event helps reduce the state's high rate of deaths linked to prescription drugs. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

SANTA FE, N.M. – About 500 people die from overdoses each year in New Mexico, according to state health officials who are hoping that events such as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday help the state lower that overdose death rate. Melissa Heinz, prevention coordinator for th ...Read More

PHOTO: As the nation celebrates Earth Week, New York conservation advocates are applauding a new move by the Governor to improve groundwater protection, an effort dealing with the number one threat to the drinking water, bays and harbors on Long Island. Photo credit: Ryssby/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK – As the nation celebrates Earth Week, New York conservation advocates are applauding a new move by the governor to improve groundwater protection – even during super storms. Marci Bortman, director of conservation programs for the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, ...Read More

PHOTO: Connecticut is not cost-effective turf for natural-gas "fracking" but conservation advocates are sending an Earth Week message to bar fracking waste from wells like this one from entering the state. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut may not be the most welcoming or cost-effective state for natural gas fracking, but conservation advocates are nevertheless sending an Earth Week message to ban fracking waste from entering the state. It has been a busy week for John Calandrelli, program director ...Read More

IMAGE: The Money Out/Voters In Coalition is a sponsor of California Senate Bill 1272, which seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling that found restricting political spending by corporations violated free speech. Image courtesy: MOVI

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Political watchdog groups are heading out on the road to rally for a state initiative that supports limits on political spending by corporations. The Overturn Citizens United Act (SB 1272) would ask California voters to instruct Congress to pass an amendment to counter t ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky's health exchange, known as "kynect," has enrolled more than 413,000 people for health insurance coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one in 10 Kentucky residents has signed up for insurance coverage under the state's health-benefit exchange known as "kynect." The raw numbers: 413,410 Kentuckians, including Beth Moore from Louisville. She signed up when she became self-employed in January, she said, and in ...Read More

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