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PHOTO: With Proposal 2 now upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, higher-education leaders say the state's focus should be on improving educational opportunities for Michigan's children long before they begin the college application process. Photo courtesy of hmm360/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. – Education leaders in Michigan say following this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's ban on race-based preference in college admissions increasing diversity on the state’s college campuses needs to begin in elementary school. Michael Boulus, executiv ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of payday loans in Minnesota has more than doubled over the past five years, with the average borrower taking out 10 loans. Photo credit: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are expected to take up legislation today to reform the rules around payday lending in the state. Supporters say the proposal would help protect consumers from over-the-top interest rates and fees, which can leave them in a spiral of debt. It's somethi ...Read More

PHOTO: The Listening Project team will survey people in Carroll and Columbiana to find out how hydraulic fracturing is impacting their lives. Photo credit: Paul Feezel.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some of those most impacted by the fracking boon in Ohio have a chance to share their stories. Volunteers with the Listening Project are surveying residents of two of the most heavily drilled counties, Columbiana and Carroll, to identify the positive and negative impacts of ...Read More

PHOTO: Since 1974, the WIC program has helped lower-income women and their young children with food assistance and nutrition education. Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For decades, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has helped some of Illinois' most vulnerable residents, and state leaders are celebrating its 40th anniversary. WIC provides food to help meet the nutritional needs of pregnant women, n ...Read More

GRAPHIC: New annual "Map the Meal Gap" results show that food insecurity continues to remain high in Indiana, with an estimated 15.7 percent of Hoosiers having difficulty putting food on the table. Graphic courtesy of Feeding America's Hungry.

INDIANAPOLIS - Hunger continues to plague Indiana, according to a new study breaking down food insecurity data by county. "Map the Meal Gap 2014," released by Feeding Indiana's Hungry, found that more than 1 million people, including nearly 346,000 children, don't know when or from where their next ...Read More

PHOTO: Sharlene Geraghty of Hastings was honored by AARP with the 2013 Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. Nominations for the 2014 award now are being accepted. Photo courtesy AARP Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search is on to find and honor those older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer work. Jay Haapala, associate state director for community outreach at AARP Minnesota, said the organization now is accepting nominations of those peo ...Read More

PHOTO: Walkability is one of the attributes of a livable community, and that's the topic of an AARP/Governing magazine forum today in St. Louis. Photo credit: 'skatemore' at morguefile.com

ST. LOUIS - It's the modern challenge - how to create a community that appeals to and meets the needs of residents of all ages - and one Missouri community is helping to lead the way. Livable communities are those which offer safe, walkable streets, age-friendly housing and transportation options, ...Read More

PHOTO: Healthy choices? An Ohio school district is standing out for its creative strategies to bring healthy meals and snacks to its students. Photo credit: Bob Nichols/U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CINCINNATI - With experts citing a link between nutrition and learning, an Ohio school district is standing out as a leader for bringing healthy food choices to students. Audrey Rowe, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, and other leaders visited Cincin ...Read More

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