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PHOTO: Iowa motorists are being reminded of the dangers of drunk driving as the holiday travel season begins. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The holidays are a time of fun with family and friends across Iowa, but all too often those festivities turn tragic when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking. Among those who have had their lives turned upside down by drunk driving is Arlene Victor, whose son and daughter-i ...Read More

PHOTO: The seventh annual Walk to End Hunger is set for Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America. Photo credit: Hunger Solutions Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - It has become a family tradition for thousands of Minnesotans who will be giving back by raising money for the hungry on Thanksgiving before they sit down and give thanks at that big feast. The 7th annual Walk to End Hunger will be held Thursday morning at the Mall of America, ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of civic and religious organization is calling for a "Brown Friday" boycott of one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, as an economic protest of the police shooting of Michael Brown. Photo courtesy of Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition.

FERGUSON, Mo. - For months, the world has watched protesters fill the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice, but one coalition is calling for a very different kind of protest in response to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Zaki Baruti is among the organizers o ...Read More

PHOTO: The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be out in full force today, hoping the added visibility will be a reminder for motorists to stay safe over the holidays. Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Today is traditionally one of the busiest travel days in North Dakota, and those hitting the roads for Thanksgiving can expect to see plenty of law enforcement keeping it safe along the way. Lieutenant Tom Iverson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says they'll be conducting a sta ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has become a leader in ethanol production and wind power, and when the new Congress is sworn into office in January, voters from both sides of the aisle will be expecting action on clean and renewable energy. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club ...Read More

PHOTO: 15-year-old Marvin is one of the many Michigan children hoping for a permanent home featured on the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange website. Photo courtesy Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.

LANSING, Mich. - There is much to be thankful for this year for more than 100 Michigan children who will officially be welcomed into "forever families" on Tuesday as the state celebrates its 12th annual Adoption Day. Alpena County Probate Judge Thomas LaCross is one of a number of judges around the ...Read More

PHOTO: About a dozen MAPE members traded their state agency cubicles for a day on a construction site with Habitat for Humanity, building a home for a family in need. Photo credit: MAPE.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As families across Minnesota prepare to give thanks, the holiday season has hundreds of state employees giving back to the towns and neighborhoods in which they live and work. The community service volunteer effort is being led by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employee ...Read More

PHOTO: Airline travelers may encounter busy Illinois airports this week, but they have some basic legal rights as passengers in the event of a cancellation, delay, or lost luggage. Photo credit: Maksim/Wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Whether it's O'Hare, Midway, or Quad City, Illinois airports will be bustling this week with folks catching flights to their Thanksgiving destinations. While the thought of delays or cancellations may be stressful, airline passengers can take comfort in knowing they have some pro ...Read More

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