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PHOTO: Over the phone and in person, volunteers are reaching out to Latino voters in Illinois this weekend and encouraging them to get to the polls on Nov. 4. Photo credit: Don Carlson.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -A good working democracy depends on the participation of everyone, and that's why faith communities, college students and undocumented citizens in Central Illinois are coming together to encourage Latino voters to cast their ballot on Nov. 4. Jennifer Carrillo, an Immigrant Justic ...Read More

PHOTO: ROTC candidates from MSU and U-of-M will join ultra marathoner Michael Richmond for Alex's Great State Race, a tribute to Alex Powell and all students with disabilities who want to make their college dreams come true. Photo credit: J. Powell.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - It will be Spartan versus Wolverine when the state's two biggest rivals take to the football field on Saturday, but today, the two are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind challenge to support students with disabilities. Spartan super fan Alex Powell dreamt his whole life of att ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental advocates say Missouri should learn from the energy policies implemented in other states to improve its energy efficiency ranking and prepare for a cleaner energy future. Image courtesy of American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The report card is in, and when it comes to taking steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money, Missouri isn't making the grade. The ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy puts Missouri 44th in the nation, down one spot from las ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday voting for the Nov. 4 election begins tomorrow, and Voter Block Parties will be held in several Ohio cities to encourage voters to cast their ballot early. Photo credit: Tom Arthur/Wikimedia.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tomorrow marks the first Saturday for early voting in Ohio, and activists around the state say they will celebrate while fighting back against voter suppression. Voter Block Parties will be held in Akron, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown near county Board of Elections offices. Aramis ...Read More

PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli ...Read More

PHOTO: After-school programs in Ohio provide extended learning opportunities for children after the school bell rings. Photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Center Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After-school programs offer educational activities for children in a safe place, but only an estimated 15 percent of Ohio kids are participating in one. As part of Thursday's nationwide Lights On Afterschool event, students, teachers and parents from around the state will participa ...Read More

PHOTO: October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, and efforts are under way in Indiana to educate employers about the various capabilities and contributions of workers with disabilities. Photo credit: Erin Sparling/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Finding work in today's job market can be a challenging task for anyone, and in Indiana there is assistance to help those living with a disability to achieve their employment goals. Kylee Hope, director of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, said there are many misnomers about dis ...Read More

PHOTO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as women across Iowa are reminded that early detection can save lives. Photo credit: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's estimated that the chance of a woman developing breast cancer at some time in her life is about one in eight, and women across Iowa are being reminded of the importance of screenings. Regular self exams or mammograms can help catch breast cancer early, bettering the odds of ...Read More

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