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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

PHOTO: The Ohio House has until year's end to pass Senate Bill 96, to require that world history be a high school graduation requirement. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The clock is ticking on efforts to save world history for Ohio high school students. Students need to learn world history to pass the current Ohio Graduation Test, but the test will be phased out next year and replaced by exams that cover only American history and government. ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorney Chris Stombaugh, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says a recent $25 million medical malpractice award in a Milwaukee case, where a woman lost all her limbs because of a missed diagnosis, is a reasonable award, given the catastrophic nature of the woman's injuries. (Photo courtesy of Wisc. Assn. for Justice)

MADISON, Wis. - The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice says a recent verdict demonstrates a need for change in the state's malpractice laws. A Milwaukee woman, Ascaris Mayo, who lost all four limbs because of medical malpractice, recently won a more than $25 million jury verdict, in ...Read More

PHOTO: While online enrollment for health care plans is convenient, studies indicate that people navigating the insurance world for the first time tend to do better and make better decisions with in-person assistance. Image courtesy of HealthCare.gov.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will get underway soon, and more help is on the way to connect Michiganders with the information they need to make crucial health decisions. Anne Filipic is the president of Enroll Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

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