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PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro ...Read More

PHOTO: Do your childen go to school near a potentially dangerous chemical facility? The Center for Effective Government's new report finds there is a one-in-10 chance they do. Image courtesy Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One in 10 Missouri children spends several hours each weekday in the shadow of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to a new report by the Center for Effective Government. Sean Moulton, the center’s director of open government policy, says parents a ...Read More

PHOTO: While some Hoosiers voice concerns over health matters, those in favor of ordinances allowing backyard chickens say the birds are a sustainable food source and just as clean as any other pet. Photo credit: Jason Webber.

INDIANAPOLIS – Raising chickens in the city is becoming increasingly popular as more Hoosiers move toward eating locally. Goshen officials this week reversed an earlier decision and will allow residents to raise chickens at their homes. Karen Schulte-Coman helped get a similar ordinance pa ...Read More

PHOTO: A large donation of pork sausage this week will help feed Ohioans who struggle to put food on the table. Credit: Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In time for the Easter holiday, a donation will provide more than 88,000 meals for hungry Ohio families. More than 1,700 pounds of pork in the form of sausage are being donated to food banks in Ohio this week as part of the annual Ohio Pork Power program. David Shoup is a v ...Read More

PHOTO: The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, says the GM recall shows how the civil justice system is a check on corporations. (Photo provided by WAJ)

MADISON, Wis. – General Motors recently recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that’s blamed for 13 deaths. Christopher Stombaugh, an attorney and president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the only reason the public became aware of the problem w ...Read More

PHOTO: Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security Jay Rowell says 86 percent of Illinois workers who lost assistance when federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December are still without work. Photo courtesy of IDES.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New data shows how the reauthorization of federal unemployment assistance could help 64,000 Illinoisans. When federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December, according to the analysis from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 74,000 Illinois workers immedia ...Read More

PHOTO: It's not your typical teen angst. President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, Bill Stanczykiewicz, says a high number of Indiana teens have contemplated or attempted suicide. Photo Credit: IYI.

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier children are facing a health crisis, experts say, with almost 20 percent experiencing mental health challenges. Many are not getting the care necessary to help them deal with those issues, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and chief executive of the Indiana Youth Institute. ...Read More

PHOTO: April 30 is the deadline for Save the Dream Ohio, which already has helped nearly 17,000 keep their homes. Photo credit: Jeff Turner

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The door soon will close on foreclosure-prevention assistance available through the "Save the Dream Ohio" program. April 30 is the deadline for homeowners to register and receive up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance. Antoinette Smith, a foreclosure prevention specialist at Empoweri ...Read More

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