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It's National Bike Month, and Mainers have the chance to help their children learn the rules of the road and also dust off their own bikes. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's National Bike Month, an opportunity for Mainers to support a fun and environmentally friendly way to get around. Brian Allenby, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, says there are plenty of reasons for Mainers to dust off their bikes and get back ...Read More

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill to cut money going to education, saying lawmakers are breaking a promise to local schools. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have cut K-12 funding by more than $456 million. In his budget proposal, Nixon called for the opposite, an increase of $150 million for local public schools for fiscal year 2017. The governor on Wednesday held a public event ...Read More

Foster children in Michigan need the stability of a loving home while their families are in crisis.(Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Hundreds of children in Michigan are in need of families who will open up their hearts and homes. During National Foster Care Month in May, child welfare agencies are encouraging Michiganders to consider becoming a foster parent to help children whose families are in crisis ...Read More

Backers of the KidsCare program rally in front of the State Capitol in April. The Arizona Legislature failed to renew the program. (Children's Action Alliance)

PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature has failed to renew the KidsCare program, leaving more than 30,000 of the state's poorest children without access to basic health care. Even though the federal government would have paid for the program through at least 2017, Republican leaders blocked it, s ...Read More

Children in family-based foster care have better short and long-term outcomes.  (Catherine ScottFamily/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Children in family-based foster care do much better than those placed in group settings, according to a new report. The report, "Congregate Foster Care in PA," from the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said kids in family care do better in school, face fewer problems with dr ...Read More

Research shows the economic security and health of Appalachian kids in Ohio has worsened over 15 years. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There's a striking contrast in the well-being of some of Ohio's children compared with others, according to a new report. The findings from the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio show that since 2000 in Appalachia, a higher percent of children are poor, unemployment is higher and median ...Read More

Google's self-driving cars, like the one above, have logged more than 1.5 million miles of autonomous driving.(Grendelkhan/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - Ready or not, here they come. Driverless cars have made their way to the state of Washington. Google is testing its fleet of driverless cars in Kirkland. The company chose the city as a testing ground because of its hilly terrain and wet road conditions much of the year. Kirkland Mayor A ...Read More

The Portland Public Schools Board gave the student-led group ALLY a victory when it approved ethnic studies courses in Portland high schools. (APANO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The diverse history of the United States will reach Portland high school students in 2018, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by the city's Public Schools Board this week. The student-led group Asian and Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth, or ALLY, l ...Read More

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