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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: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro ...Read More

PHOTO: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do ...Read More

Photo: Sen. Andy Kerr is a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Freedom Act. Photo courtesy of: www.andykerr.org

DENVER - Today, the Colorado state Senate will debate the Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB175). Supporters say if passed, the landmark legislation would safeguard women's reproductive health decisions and prevent passage of anti-choice laws in the future. Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood is co-sponsori ...Read More

PHOTO: There is concern from environmental groups about nitrate discharge getting into groundwater at a huge central Wisconsin farm. (Photo from Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Adams County Community Center in Adams regarding a pollutant discharge permit for Burr Oak Heifers, a huge farm with thousands of head of cattle. The farm already has paid a fine ...Read More

PHOTO: The late winter in Indiana delayed the start of pollen season, which experts say could mean a harsh allergy season. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS - The spring blooms may be pretty, but they are not always a welcome sight for Hoosiers who suffer from seasonal allergies. Some experts predict a rough allergy season because the harsh winter delayed tree pollination and now everything is blooming at once. According to allergist Dr. Do ...Read More

Photo: Rep Paul Ryan calls the 5 trillion dollars in cuts in the GOP budget a "path to prosperity" but NH advocates say they could be devastating to Granite Staters of all ages.

CONCORD, N.Y. – Most simply call it the Ryan budget – the House spending plan that calls for $5 trillion in cuts over 10 years. Local advocates say it could be devastating for Granite Staters of all ages. Stephen Gorin, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers ...Read More

PHOTO: While many Illinoisans enjoyed the warm weather over the weekend, the high pollen counts kept others inside. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The flowers are growing, the trees are blooming, and many allergy sufferers in Illinois feel miserable. After the especially cold winter, experts are predicting a bad spring for those allergic to tree pollen and grass. For relief, allergist Dr. Deeba Masood with Northshore Medica ...Read More

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