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PHOTO: NPR's Diane Rehm is among the voices in a reading of the play "Surviving Grace," which is coming to Indianapolis in November to raises awareness about how Alzheimer's disease affects its victims and their families. Photo courtesy of Linder & Associates.

INDIANAPOLIS - An estimated 100,000 people in Indiana suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and a special production sheds light on the impact it has on them and their loved ones. The off-Broadway play 'Surviving Grace' follows a daughter's emotional journey caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. National ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakota is the only state with a law on local pharmacy ownership. Voters will decide whether to repeal or keep it with Measure 7 on next week's ballot. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When voters in North Dakota head to the polls next week, they'll decide whether or not to keep a 50-year-old law on the books concerning the local ownership of pharmacies. If passed, Measure 7 would open the door for major retail chains by removing the requirement that majority owne ...Read More

PHOTO: Ohio's Winter Crisis program begins Nov. 3, and assists eligible households with utility bill payments so they can keep their heat on. Photo credit: Brendan Wood/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Temperatures are expected to dip today and while many Ohioans are running to their thermostat, others cannot afford to turn on their heat. Just in time for the cold weather, Ohio's Winter Crisis Program starts Nov. 3 to help qualified, low-income residents with winter heating costs ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Voices for Illinois Children finds one-in-five children would benefit from a higher minimum wage. Photo credit: Kristine Kiskey/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As candidates spar over raising the minimum wage, a question on Tuesday's ballot will take the pulse of where Illinoisans stand on the issue. A recent report from the child advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children highlights the benefits of raising the wage from $8.25 ...Read More

PHOTO: Scientists once feared Michigan had no remaining healthy ash trees like this one. However since spotting and analyzing a few, the search is now on for more survivors of the emerald ash borer. Photo courtesy of US Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

DETROIT - It's a scavenger hunt of sorts: the U.S. Forest Service is hoping Michiganders can help them find the few ash trees which have managed to survive the invasion of a deadly Asian beetle in the hopes of one day reviving the state's ash population. Research biologist Jennifer Koch, with the ...Read More

PHOTO: The battle over North Dakota's Measure 6 is proving as bitter as any divorce, with very different views on just how a shared parenting requirement would impact kids when their parents call it quits. Photo credit: Siti Fatimah/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A question on shared parenting in cases of divorce will face North Dakota voters with Measure 6 next week. Supporters point to equality for mom and dad, while opponents predict it'll mean more family conflict and more litigation. Measure 6 would create a legal presumption that eac ...Read More

PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices t ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakotans will decide next week on Measure 5, which would dedicate a small portion of oil tax revenues to conservation. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When North Dakotans head to the polls next week, they'll decide on whether to set aside a little oil money for conservation, while also deciding on whether there should be a change in how these types of financial decisions can be made. Measure 4 would prohibit any petition-initiate ...Read More

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