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PHOTO: If at least 60 percent of Florida voters give a "yes" to Amendment 2 on Election Day on November 4th, medical marijuana will be legalized in the Sunshine State. Photo credit: United for Care.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Marty Monroe credits medical marijuana for getting her through the toughest moments of cancer. She and other advocates want Florida patients to have the option to use medical marijuana if it's prescribed by their doctor. Amendment 2, on the Nov. 4 ballot, would legalize the use ...Read More

MIAMI - While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the medical community scramble to get a handle on the spread of Ebola in the U-S, low-wage workers at Florida's airports are concerned about the risks. Cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and contract worke ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e ...Read More

PHOTO: Rooftop solar has become a significant enough issue for utility companies to seek new fees from homeowners who install it. Photo by Alfred Twu.

RICHMOND, Va. - Utilities in several states including Virginia are turning to new charges to make up for revenue they're losing to homes with solar power. The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, and more people are installing them. In response, industry groups are urging states to let po ...Read More

PHOTO: Fire evacuation drills should be held in every home, according to a new safety campaign from the American Red Cross. Image courtesy of the American Red Cross.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Most people in Arkansas know that smoke-detector installation and testing is important, according to a new survey, but most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows folks think they have five m ...Read More

PHOTO: Shreevia Brown is one of hundreds of students taking advantage of a new effort to bring more financial and domestic-violence support services to community college students across Kentucky. Photo courtesy Michele Fiore.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Extending financial and domestic violence support services to more college students is the goal behind a new collaboration. The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is partnering with the state's community and technical colleges. The Coalition's Mary O'Doherty, Economic Emp ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is taking comments on a proposed rule that would clarify which waterways receive protection under the Clean Water Act. Photo courtesy of Wild Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Saturday is the anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, and the federal government wants to hear from the public about the landmark law. In recent years, court decisions have clouded the waters on where the key pollution law applies – especially when it com ...Read More

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