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Groups are working with first generation college students and their families to get them to complete some kind of post-secondary education. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Getting Indiana's kids motivated when it comes to post secondary education was the focus of a recent event in Indianapolis. The Postsecondary Counseling Institute features a series of workshops for educators, parents, youth workers, and community leaders. Tracy Butler, directo ...Read More

Colorado families could save more than $1,400 a year in electricity costs under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado families could save more than $1,400 a year in electricity costs under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to a new report by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Marilyn Brown, the report's lead author, says without any changes in the wa ...Read More

Renowned death penalty attorney and Kentucky native Stephen Bright says capital punishment is a decade or two from being eliminated in the U.S.. (Southern Center for Human Rights)

DANVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky native who has helped overturn dozens of death sentences says it's inevitable that the death penalty will come to an end in the United States. The death penalty remains legal for now in 31 states including Kentucky, but attorney Stephen Bright says capital punishme ...Read More

Now that summer vacation has started, teachers are stressing the need to keep kids engaged in learning. (Woodley Wonderworks - Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. - With schools in Virginia out for the summer, educators stress that we should keep our young students connected to learning, to avoid the "summer slide." Alexandria 4th grade teacher Christina Bohringer said research confirms that children lose ground if they don't keep reading and ...Read More

Japera Benson and Carol Whitmore work on Summer Meal Programs in Ohio. (Ohio Association of Foodbanks)

COLUMBUS, Ohio. - It's a hungry summer for some of Ohio's kids, as just a fraction of children who eat free or reduced priced meals during the school year are able to access federal Summer Food Service Program sites. Recent data shows that just 10 percent of eligible children in the state participa ...Read More

A report shows income disparity in Wisconsin is huge, and the gap is widening. (DeanDrobot, iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Nearly $1 out of every $6 of income in Wisconsin wound up in the bank accounts of the top 1 percent of earners, according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) and the Wisconsin Budget Project. A report put out by the two groups says this means the income disparity betwe ...Read More

Janitors working in the Portland area are concerned about wages, access to affordable health care, and workloads. (SEIU Local 49)

PORTLAND Ore. - Nearly 2,000 janitors in the Portland metro area authorized a strike over low wages and a lack of access to affordable health care last Friday. The custodians don't want to be priced out of Portland, where the cost of living has been on the rise, including the cost for a home, which ...Read More

When a culvert collapsed, cutting off the Crossings Mall in Elkview, some of the Kroger workers there fired up the grills to feed the hundreds of folks trapped at the shopping plaza. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The floods have been tragic and disastrous, but they also gave folks a chance to show the instinct for neighborliness West Virginians are known for. When the bridge into the Crossings Mall in Elkview collapsed, it took out the only road into the shopping plaza. Hundreds of people ...Read More

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