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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

PHOTO: Just weeks after the midterm election, a new Sierra Club poll finds the majority of voters in some key battleground states want policymakers to support efforts to protect communities from climate change. Photo credit: MGDboston/morguefile.com

INDIANAPOLIS - Some of Indiana's leaders have voiced outspoken opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, but a new poll indicates a majority of voters don't share those views. Melissa Williams, national political director ...Read More

PHOTO: Kum & Go is making modifications at its 430 gas stations across 11 states to bring them into compliance with the American Disabilities Act following a lawsuit settlement. Photo credit: Bradley Gordon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As thousands of Iowans will soon be hitting roads for the holidays, they may notice changes happening at a well known chain of regional gas stations to make them accessible to all. The modifications at the Kum & Go locations will bring the stations into compliance with the ...Read More

PHOTO: Among last year's winners of Iowa's Best Development Awards is the Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company and Loft Apartments in Ottumwa. Photo courtesy of Appanoose.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The search is on once again for the most innovative projects across Iowa that follow so-called smart growth initiatives, which are focused on sustainability, not sprawl. This is the 14th year of the Best Development Awards from the group 1000 Friends of Iowa. Program Man ...Read More

PHOTO: Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, says a new study from Feeding America shows the connection between poor nutrition and poor health for Wisconsinites who struggle daily to provide nutritious meals for their families. Photo courtesy of Second Harvest Foodbank.

MADISON, Wis. – While millions of Wisconsinites will sit down to a huge turkey dinner later this week, a new study shows many in the Badger State are having trouble feeding their families, and it's taking a toll on their health. Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank, says t ...Read More

PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, Illinois is operating at more than 170 perce ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could change the lives of an estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan by giving them legal status to stay in this country. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

DETROIT - An estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan soon could have legal status in this country, thanks to President Obama's executive order on immigration announced Thursday night. The plan is aimed at spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota child-care facilities have made dramatic progress in reducing SIDS deaths in the state, through education and training. Photo credit: Anthony J/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has declined significantly since the 1990s, but dozens are still dying in Minnesota each year, drawing attention to the importance of sleep safety. The most critical step in reducing the risk of SIDS is positioning a baby f ...Read More

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