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PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se ...Read More

PHOTO: During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, experts are educating people about the signs of child abuse and neglect, and promoting prevention. Photo credit: SHRRC/Flickr.

CINCINNATI - Child abuse is a public-health crisis impacting Ohio children at alarming rates, experts say. According to state data, child welfare agencies investigated 80,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect in 2014 and 12,000 were substantiated. Prevention is critical, said Dr. Robert Sh ...Read More

PHOTO: Financial Reality Fairs, such as this one that took place in Springport, give teens the chance to get their feet wet when it comes to budgeting and living within their means. Photo courtesy Beth Troost/MCUL.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not taught in very many schools, but knowing how to live within one's means is a critical life skill. That's why credit unions are giving Michigan teens a dose of financial reality this month. By giving teenagers a chance to simulate having a full-time job and paying bills, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: For months, Oregon labor groups have joined others in marches and rallies against the Trans Pacific Partnership. They say the 12-nation trade agreement will cost U.S.-based jobs. Photo courtesy Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon workers will rally Saturday in six cities to keep their congressional delegation well aware of opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., brokered a deal with Senate Republicans that is expected to slow but most likely not kill th ...Read More

PHOTO: They teach kids, fix roads, care for the elderly and more. On Saturday, state workers are holding a half-dozen rallies in Washington communities to call attention to their jobs, in a campaign called Public Service Matters. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

OLYMPIA, Wash. - This weekend, state employees are asking their fellow Washingtonians to consider the value of the "service" in public service. They'll rally in six cities, from Centralia to Medical Lake, to make the points that their jobs matter and their contracts should be taken seriously by stat ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say there has been a rise in phone-related IRS scams. AARP Ohio is working to educate residents on fraud and offering resources to help protect people themselves from scams through the Fraud Watch Network. Photo credit: Martin Cathrae/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As technology advances, con artists are discovering newer, sneakier ways to take advantage of Ohioans. And while law enforcement investigates an increasing number of fraud cases, AARP Ohio is helping consumers avoid falling victim to scams. Ed Cokley, advocacy volunteer with the AAR ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 35,000 Hoosiers filed complaints alleging identity theft or fraud in 2014. AARP Indiana is encouraging consumers to fight fraud by shredding documents containing personal information. Photo credit: Antony Theobald/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Tax Day has passed, but piles of papers and receipts containing personal information may still be lying around some Indiana homes. Consumer experts say it's important to destroy unnecessary sensitive documents so they don't fall into the hands of con artists. Mandla Moyo, outreach ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents say punitive over testing is hurting children, especially the very young ones. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia tests school children too much and starts much too early according to some teachers in the state. Rebecca Jasman, a Louisa County elementary school teacher, says the testing puts what she calls a "ridiculous amount of pressure," even on very young children. She says she's se ...Read More

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