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PHOTO: The 400,000 Marylanders who purchase "Treasure the Chesapeake" license plates, a fundraiser for projects that benefit Chesapeake Bay, are learning this week about new benefits and incentives, including preferred parking. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - "Treasure the Chesapeake" and receive perks. A new "plate perks" program has been unveiled for the 400,000 Marylanders who purchase the special Treasure the Chesapeake license plates. Bay plate owners will receive preferred parking, as well as discounts on goods and services - in a ...Read More

PHOTO: Plaintiffs trying to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a judge to decide the case on the basis of legal briefs alone, rather than a public trial. Photo credit: Karen Arnold, publicdomainpictures.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Same-sex couples who want to marry in Pennsylvania, and others looking for the state to recognize their unions are hoping to speed up the process and get on with their lives. Lawyers challenging Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal judge to decide the case bas ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite yearly warnings, many parents buy Easter gifts of baby bunnies and chicks for sale in many pet stores and online on sites like Craigslist, but animal advocates caution that when the novelty wears off, there are limited options. Photo credit: Hihih Krulik/Wikipedia

NEW YORK - Every year around Easter, animal experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well-thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. Yet parents still give kids live bunnies or baby chicks, often with their feathers dyed in colors. With the right nutrition, housing ...Read More

CONCORD, N.H. - Granite Staters interested in launching their own business can get some free expert advice at a pair of forums this week. Economic Development Specialist Hugh Curley, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), said the events are keyed to the growing number of people who are nearing r ...Read More

Cement plants in New York State and around the nation will no longer be able to get off the hook for spewing dangerous pollution and claiming it was a mistake, thanks to a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court. Photo credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants - or kilns - spew dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a mistake. Seth Johnson represented a num ...Read More

New numbers show one in 68 children tested has autism, a 29 percent increase since 2008.  Image by J. Durham

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders have surged, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and advocates in Pennsylvania are not overly surprised. Those new numbers show one in 68 children tested ...Read More

PHOTO: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do ...Read More

Photo: Rep Paul Ryan calls the 5 trillion dollars in cuts in the GOP budget a "path to prosperity" but NH advocates say they could be devastating to Granite Staters of all ages.

CONCORD, N.Y. – Most simply call it the Ryan budget – the House spending plan that calls for $5 trillion in cuts over 10 years. Local advocates say it could be devastating for Granite Staters of all ages. Stephen Gorin, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers ...Read More

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