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PHOTO: The national organization Reach Out and Read distributes books through pediatrician offices at children's well-check visits. Photo courtesy of Reach Out and Read.

TAMPA, Fla. - After a long day of work and school, finding time to read to your child can be a challenge, but experts say making time to do so can offer a valuable bonding experience for both parent and child. Programs like Reach Out and Read work to encourage reading, and executive director Brian ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office reports the pieces are now being put in place for a comprehensive review of aging services in state government. Photo credit: Carlton Browne/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One thing nearly all Tennesseans can agree on is they want good health and independence as they age, and efforts are underway in the state to make sure those opportunities exist today and into the future. The Governor's Task Force on Aging has already recommended a number of step ...Read More

PHOTO: Virginia should open up how it assesses student progress, according to a member of the committee looking at the Standards of Learning test. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Education.

RICHMOND, Va. - A member of the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee says Virginia should open up how it measures student progress. It's still early in the committee's two-year process, but a teacher in the group is willing to consider adding a writing component or other ways to more broadly m ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Supporters of the state's child advocacy network are calling on everyone to take part in the WV CAN Climb fundraiser this week. Graphic courtesy of WV CAN.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Organizers and families they have helped are calling on everyone to support the state's Child Advocacy Network with a fundraising hike this week. Comments from Amy Landers, whose son was a victim of sexual assault and was helped by the Child Advocacy Center in Charleston. Graphic ...Read More

PHOTO: A portion of the new Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead was built by the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps. The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce says recreation opportunities like this help them bring businesses to the area. Photo courtesy of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - For some North Carolina communities, the "trail to success" for economic development is being found through actual trails. This week, Henderson County celebrated the opening of a new trailhead in Hickory Nut Gorge. Bob Williford, president of the local Chanber of Commerce, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Warming surface temperatures associated with climate change are one factor in the rising population of jellyfish at Florida beaches, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. Photo courtesy: NOAA

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - This Labor Day weekend, thousands of Floridians and visitors may feel more than just the sting of a sunburn. Jellyfish are hanging around beaches, with at least 400 people stung last weekend alone. While the toxin-tentacled animal has long been a part of beach-life, "jellyfi ...Read More

PHOTO: UNC research found that proximity to care impacts publicly insured patient's ability to continue cancer treatment. Photo courtesy National Cancer Institute

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The quality of cancer care you receive in North Carolina could depend on where you live. That's the conclusion of two studies recently published in the North Carolina Medical Journal. Stephanie Wheeler, assistant professor in health policy and management at the Gillings School o ...Read More

PHOTO: The IRS isn't necessarily on people's minds as they head back to school. But experts recommend keeping a careful record of education expenses for those who qualify for an education-related tax credit. Photo credit: Florida State University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thousands of Floridians are heading back to school this fall, spending millions of dollars on advanced education. In addition to the student loans and grants available, Uncle Sam also has programs to offer relief in the form of tax credits. "There's a couple tax credits that you ...Read More

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