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PHOTO: Fires, floods, tornadoes and other disasters can strike at almost any time. Experts say advance preparation can help people better respond to and recover from the impacts of a disaster or other emergency. Preparedness Month is a good time to make or update those plans. Photo credit: Arizona Geological Survey.

PHOENIX - September is "Preparedness Month" and flash floods in Phoenix and Tucson, which claimed at least two lives last week, may serve as a powerful reminder of how quickly a natural disaster can strike. Aprille Slutsky, public information officer with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management ...Read More

PHOTO: A $16 million federal grant will be used to add and improve public transportation options in the Reno-Sparks area. Photo credit: Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. - Public transportation in the Reno-Sparks area is getting a $16-million boost from a federal grant. Joe Herrington is public information officer with the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. He says the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will better connect ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the majority of child-safety seats are not installed properly in cars. Free car-seat inspections are being held at sites around Ohio as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Graphic courtesy American Academy of Pediatrics.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. but it takes more than clicking the seat belt to keep them safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while the appropriate car or booster seat can reduce injuries by more than half, ...Read More

PHOTO: Global Detroit helped kicked off this year's Welcoming Week celebrations with the Welcoming Games soccer tournament in Detroit's Clark Park. Photo courtesy of C. Sauve.

DETROIT, Mich. - The many colors, languages, and contributions of immigrant communities will be the focus of celebrations this week, as Michigan takes part in a nationwide event to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members. According to Christine Sauve, Southeast Michigan communities ...Read More

PHOTO: This is the first year Common Core standards for math and English are being taught in Washington classrooms. Schools are reaching out to parents and community groups, asking them to find out more about the standards so they can help ease students' transitions. Photo courtesy School's Out Washington.
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SPOKANE, Wash. – More than a million children in Washington are back in school, and students, teachers and parents are all adjusting to the new Common Core learning standards for English and math. Many districts and communities are working to ease the transition. In the Spokane area, consu ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin ...Read More

PHOTO: Stories of Iowa veterans will be saved for future generations to hear, as the Veterans History Project makes a stop at the Newton DMACC campus on Nov. 7. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

NEWTON, Iowa – They put their lives on the line to protect America's freedom. Now the search is on in Iowa for veterans who have stories to share as part of the country's rich narrative. Professor Patti Ziegler says the Newton Campus of Des Moines Area Community College will host the Vetera ...Read More

PHOTO: Opposition is mounting to a planned new family detention center in South Texas that will house immigrant children and their families. Photo credit: Nicholas Morberg/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - With Immigration and Customs Enforcement moving ahead with plans for a massive new for-profit family detention center in South Texas, many in the region are giving the proposed ICE facility the cold shoulder. The center will be located on a 50-acre site just outside of the town of ...Read More

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