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PHOTO: Loggerhead sea turtles will be released this weekend at the "Tour de Turtles," with satellite transmitters to track their travels around Florida's coast. Photo courtesy Sea Turtle Conservancy.

VERO BEACH, Fla. - "Let them go, let them go!" Insert the melody from the song from Disney's hit movie, "Frozen." This weekend, Florida's Sea Turtle Conservancy will do just that, as it releases two loggerheads - appropriately named "Anna" and "Elsa" - as part of the group's 2014 "Tour de Turtles m ...Read More

PHOTO: Adam O'Neal, center, mayor of Belhaven, N.C., will complete his walk from his hometown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. His aim is to call attention to the need for states to expand Medicaid, to cover more people and improve the financial stability of rural hospitals that treat them. Photo courtesy of O'Neal.

RICHMOND, Va. - A small-town mayor walking though Virginia will reach Washington, D.C., on Monday, carrying the message that rural hospitals need Medicaid expansion to survive. Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., is walking from his hometown to the nation's capital - 540,000 steps, ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups warn that amphibians are at risk with a lack of protection from changes made to the Clean Water Act by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are joining forces to remind the federal government and their elected officials about the basic principles of gravity. More specifically, they want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate Clean Water Act rules that protect headwater str ...Read More

PHOTO: President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. Photo credit: Wikimedia / Public Domain.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the progress made since its passage is being recognized across Tennessee. The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in areas such as employment ...Read More

PHOTO: In Tennessee, the economic impact of last year's national park visits and the jobs they supported topped $700 million. Photo credit: Nano Anderson/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They are some of Tennessee's most pristine areas, and a new study shows national parks are not just great places to spend the day but also major drivers of the local economy. In 2013, said National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, national parks in Tennessee saw more than 8 ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n ...Read More

PHOTO: Boone County native Dustin White was one of those on a hunger strike against mountaintop removal because he says it is damaging people's health. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "war on coal" rhetoric makes it sound as if West Virginians are unified in supporting the industry. However, polls and interviews with ordinary folks suggest that isn't true, especially if they think coal is hurting their health. Dustin White is from a longtime Boone County ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerned citizens and conservation groups are attending the three-day meeting of the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee to protest rollbacks in conservation rebates for energy consumers. Photo by: Ivan Penn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - How much you spend on your power bill for the next 10 years and beyond will depend on the outcome of a meeting by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) this week. Per state law, the PSC meets every five years to establish the state's energy conservation plan, and utility c ...Read More

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