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PHOTO: This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supporters across Iowa are celebrating the progress made since it became law. Photo credit: Michael Hooper/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in areas including employment, public accommodations, transportation and government se ...Read More

PHOTO: A convoy of trucks from Canada carrying hundreds of gallons of water crossed into Detroit on Thursday in a gesture of support for city residents whose water has been shut off in recent months. Photo credit: M. Barlow.

DETROIT - Call it a "special delivery" from Canada for Detroiters. A convoy carrying hundreds of gallons of tap water and activists from the Council of Canadians crossed the border Thursday afternoon in an effort to draw attention to the city's ongoing water shutoff saga. Priscilla Dzuibek, a memb ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation to prohibit employers from excluding birth control from women's health insurance coverage. Photo credit: Bryan Calabro/wikimedia commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation soon will be introduced in Ohio to prevent companies from interfering in their female employees' health-related decisions. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said the "Not My Boss' Business Act" is meant to counter the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that allo ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) is participating in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living on a $77 federal minimum-wage budget for the next week. Photo courtesy Rep. Schakowsky's office.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For the next seven days, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th Dist.) will have just $77 to spend on food, medicine, transportation and other daily necessities. She's among those taking part in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living for one week on a typical federal minimum-wage ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan tree growers are hoping for host state luck this year, as the nation's top Christmas tree growers meet in Allegan to compete for the honor of providing this year's official White House Christmas tree. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.

ALLEGAN, Mich. - It may be July, but it's still the most wonderful time of the year for the nation's top Christmas tree growers, who are bringing their finest specimens to Michigan to vie for the honor of providing this year's official White House Christmas tree. Rick Dungey, executive director of ...Read More

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the "Racing to Read" program, made possible through grants from his office. Photo courtesy of L. Swinford

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Dist. 13) is among a handful of lawmakers taking a challenge to live on a federal minimum-wage budget of $77 this week. Photo courtesy Rep. Ryan's office.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Living on a wage of $7.25 an hour isn't easy, but it's what millions of Americans who make minimum wage face. Today, it has been five years since the federal minimum wage was last increased. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's 13th District is among those taking the "Live the Wage C ...Read More

PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - As more food choices labeled as "gluten-free" show up on store shelves across the state, consumers are being warned that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, said she welcomes more option ...Read More

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