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DES MOINES, Iowa - Families have plenty of things to do and see across the state of Iowa as summer arrives without breaking the bank. Tourism is an $8 billion industry, said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager at Travel Iowa, and this year's numbers are expected to surpass last year's b ...Read More

The head of the state Senate Budget Committee says he's exasperated by the situation West Virginia lawmakers have put themselves in. (West Virginia State Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have boxed themselves into a budget crisis, and the head of a legislative budget-writing committee says it keeps him up nights worrying about it. There are some signs of motion in the House going into the weekend, but Senate Finance Committee chairman Mik ...Read More

Some first-time DUI offenders in Pennsylvania will be required to install ignition interlocks in their cars. (Rsheram/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is clamping down harder on drunk driving. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires many first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock on their vehicles for a year. The device prevents the car from starting when t ...Read More

Virginia is moving toward a smarter, more integrated approach to early-childhood development, say advocates for early learning. (National Institute For Early Education)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is taking a smart approach to early childhood development efforts, according to advocates of early learning. The state has been criticized for not making public preschool accessible to more children, but Emily Griffey, senior policy analyst for early care and education at V ...Read More

As the nation pauses to remember those who served and died defending the nation, a new report says the average officer veteran is only 47 and needs to find a good state for retirement. (Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine - As the nation takes time to honor veterans on Memorial Day, a new survey points to Maine as one of the top 10 states in the nation as places for veterans to retire. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales said their survey found that Maine ranks in the top three states for quality of life ...Read More

Idaho's 2015 Andrus Award winner, Duane Brown, helps a client of the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program. (AARP Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- Every year for more than a decade, AARP Idaho has honored a community volunteer whose work shines above the rest, and the deadline for the 2016 nominations is one week away -- next Friday, June 3. The Andrus Award isn't named for Idaho's famous former governor, Cecil Andrus, but for ...Read More

Texas is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are seeing a firestorm of criticism over their lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Texas, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender s ...Read More

Arizona is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (tzahiv/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are hearing a firestorm of criticism over joining a lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Arizona, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender ...Read More

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