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PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/FeaturePics.com

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of civic and religious organization is calling for a "Brown Friday" boycott of one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, as an economic protest of the police shooting of Michael Brown. Photo courtesy of Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition.

FERGUSON, Mo. - For months, the world has watched protesters fill the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice, but one coalition is calling for a very different kind of protest in response to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Zaki Baruti is among the organizers o ...Read More

Photo: UNC research looks at whether people have the skills and the time to prepare healthy meals. Photo credit: FEMA photo library

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - 'Tis the season for food drives, and while the public service is needed and appreciated, research from UNC Chapel Hill is asking whether North Carolinians have the skills or the time to prepare the food that is donated. Many schools have phased out "Home Economics" classes, and ...Read More

GRAPHIC: AARP is calling on Virginians to recognize and support the contributions of unpaid family caregivers. The logo of AARP's AARP.org/iheartcaregivers website courtesy of the organization.

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a tough and lonely role to play. Unpaid family caregivers say they're quietly meeting a growing need, and Virginians should do more to support them. Andy Butler is a northern Virginia man caring for his wife, who is bedridden with Multiple Sclerosis. He says with people living ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says a small program at the agency is helping veterans become beekeepers on old surface mine land. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With a little help from the state, a few veterans have some old surface mines abuzz with a new kind of activity. A year-old program by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is helping vets set up beehives and raise honey on old mine land. Agriculture Commissioner Walt H ...Read More

PHOTO: The Florida Public Service Commission is expected to make an announcement Tuesday on the request by state utilities to reduce incentives for energy-efficiency programs. Photo credit: SafeEnergy.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A decision expected Tuesday from Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC) could impact how much the state's consumers pay for energy usage for years to come. The PSC has been deliberating on requests from utilities, including Duke Energy, to cut benefits offered by money-saving ...Read More

PHOTO: When Texas lawmakers convene for the 2015 session, it's expected they'll be asked to step up in support of the state's growing number of unpaid family caregivers. Photo credit: Florian Richter/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - New figures show nearly 3.5 million Texans provide home health care for a family member, and as that number continues to grow, the Legislature is being asked to provide Texas family caregivers with support. Bob Jackson, state director of AARP Texas, says a proposal is expected to go ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Friday the state has had job growth to compensate for jobs lost during the Great Recession. Some economists say there is more to the story. Photo credit: North Carolina Governor's Office.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Not everyone is buying Governor Pat McCrory's claim of success after October unemployment numbers indicated the state had recovered the jobs lost during the Great Recession. While the number of people employed last month is slightly above pre-recession levels, John Quinterno wit ...Read More

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