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Photo: Gardening is growing in popularity in North Carolina and the rest of the country, including the practice of urban farming, where little, or not, land is used. Photo courtesy of Ashevillage Institute

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – This weekend, thousands of North Carolinians are expected to roll up their sleeves and spruce up their yards as the weather warms. Many of them also are looking towards plants of an edible variety. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), 35 percent of Americ ...Read More

Lawmakers from both parties are joining efforts to get Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider cuts to family and children programs. PHOTO of the Capitol rotunda copyrighted by the state Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State lawmakers from both parties are asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to let them consider restoring money cut from programs for children and families. The governor cut $1 million from safety-net budgets, including those for child advocacy, in-home family education and suppo ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky's health exchange, known as "kynect," has enrolled more than 413,000 people for health insurance coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one in 10 Kentucky residents has signed up for insurance coverage under the state's health-benefit exchange known as "kynect." The raw numbers: 413,410 Kentuckians, including Beth Moore from Louisville. She signed up when she became self-employed in January, she said, and in ...Read More

GRAPHIC: According to a new poll performed for AARP, many older Arkansans report age discrimination.  Graphic courtesy AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Older Arkansans overwhelmingly think age discrimination is a problem, an AARP survey shows, and almost all of them favor more legal protection. The poll taken last month spoke to registered Arkansas voters 50 and over. A large number said age discrimination is a reality in the wo ...Read More

Photo: NWF report highlights the continued damage to 14 species living in the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Graphic courtesy National Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. - Today Floridians join the rest of the country in celebrating Earth Day, but it's no picnic for the wildlife living along Florida's Gulf Coast and still feeling the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill from four years ago. A report released this month by the National Wildlife Federati ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky is studying ways to improve services needed by the hundreds of thousands of family caregivers across the state. Photo courtesy AARP Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - By 2030, just 16 years from now, more than 106,000 Kentuckians will be 85 or older, and that projection has Kentucky's lawmakers calling for a study of services available to family caregivers. The state Senate and House unanimously passed a resolution (CR102) directing their researc ...Read More

Photo: Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. left, and Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson stand on top of Raleigh's new LEED certified Convention Center. Photo credit: Russ Stephenson

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh is doing something right when it comes to solar power, according to a report released this month by Environment North Carolina that ranks the city 15th in the nation when it comes to installed solar projects per capita. It's an effort backed by both public and private partner ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Tons of drill cuttings from Marcellus natural gas wells are going to municipal landfills in West Virginia, and radioactivity from the waste is leaching into surface water. Map: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Tests show that wastewater from gas field landfills contains radioactivity. That is raising concerns about the disposal of Marcellus Shale drill cuttings. Bill Hughes, chair, Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority, said tests on water leaching from the Meadowfill landfill near Bri ...Read More

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