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A new alliance says communities and the economy must be protected in fighting climate change. Credit: Hotblack/Morguefile

SEATTLE - A diverse coalition wants voters to have a say about the best way to fight climate change in the state of Washington. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on Tuesday announced a 2016 ballot initiative that it says could hasten the transition to a clean-energy economy. OneAmerica is in ...Read More

This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the state Fire Marshal's Office is working with local fire departments to distribute and install smoke detectors and remind people of the importance of changing the batteries in your smoke detector. Credit: kconnors/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the past three years, the state Fire Marshal's Office and its partners have distributed 88,000 smoke detectors that officials say have saved the lives of 106 people. This weekend, the state is challenging 10 local fire departments to install at least 100 smoke alarms within a 2 ...Read More

Almost 90 percent of corn for feeding cattle, pigs and chickens is grown from genetically modified seeds. Credit: Juliacasado1/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A challenge to a Vermont law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms goes before a federal court of appeals this week, and the results could affect Connecticut. Connecticut passed a GMO labeling law in 2013, but it can't go into effect until at l ...Read More

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and experts say if a friend or family member has suffered an infant loss, it's beneficial to them if you recognize the pain they may feel as a result of that loss. Credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of Tennessee families lose a pregnancy or newborn child every year, and experts say the loss can devastate an entire family, particularly when they don't access help that is otherwise available. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Amy Moseley ...Read More

More than 130,000 Coloradans have benefited from the state's decision to accept Medicaid expansion work in industries critical to the state's economy, according to a new study. Credit: Sturti/iStockphoto.

DENVER – The Affordable Care Act has had a big impact on workers who don't get health insurance through their jobs, at least in some states. Since Colorado decided to expand Medicaid coverage last year, almost 68 percent of Coloradans benefiting from the program are workers – according ...Read More

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with marijuana should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine. Credit: Jan Havlicek/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum. Heather Fazio, Texas political director with the Marijuana Policy Pro ...Read More

Past cuts to school funding have hit poor school districts in Pennsylvania the hardest. Credit: Cole Stivers/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Wednesday the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of revenue sources that could help restore past cuts to education funding. Budget cuts imposed on education in 2011 have made educational inequality worse in the state. According to Deborah Go ...Read More

Plaintiffs in the case against SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, will appeal a ruling that upheld a notorious provision of the law. Credit: Bluegame/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – The legal fight continues against Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. Plaintiffs announced Monday they will appeal a judge's ruling from last month that upheld the so-called "show me your papers" provision of the law. Victor Viramontes, national s ...Read More

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