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PHOTO: A new study from AARP finds many older workers in Texas, especially women, have little saved as they approach retirement. Photo credit: Claudia A. De La Garza/Flickr.
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HOUSTON - Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they'll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study fo ...Read More

Photo: Proposition 104 in Colorado would mandate school boards hold contract negotiations with teachers in public. Opponents say the ballot measure would tie the hands of unions and limit options. Photo credit: Darderot/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Proposition 104, one of four propositions on the November ballot in Colorado, would require public meetings of school boards during contract negotiations for school employees. Bruce Caughey, executive director of Colorado Association of School Executives, explains why his organization is ag ...Read More

Photo: The B Lab in Boulder aims to education companies on how they can get certified as a B Corporation and what the potential benefits are. Photo courtesy: B Corp

BOULDER, Col. - Today it may not be enough to make a good product and practice a solid business strategy - consumers want their companies to be good for people and the planet, too. A Nielsen survey found 55 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies committ ...Read More

PHOTO: The Navajo Nation has settled longstanding legal claims against the U.S. government for a record $554 million. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Obama administration is paying a record $554 million to settle legal issues with the Navajo Nation over claims that the U.S. government mismanaged the tribe's money and natural resources for decades. Rick Abasta, communications director with the Navajo Nation, says th ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite the smiles of Arizona and Nevada governors, a new report says the proposal to build an interstate highway connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas would be a waste of taxpayers' money. Photo courtesy Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's office.

PHOENIX - The $2.5 billion Interstate 11 project, proposed to connect Phoenix and Las Vegas, is not in the best interest of taxpayers, according to a study from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group. "(The) I-11 corridor is based on obsolete traffic assumptions that are being used to justify o ...Read More

PHOTO: Could this be a Coloradan? says Colorado is the fourth happiest state in the nation, based on statistics from income to health to divorce rates. Image courtesy

DENVER - Here's something that could make your day: Colorado is one of the happiest states in the country, according to an analysis by Researchers took a look at state-specific figures about income, health, divorce rates and other factors to come up with the list, on which Colorado ...Read More

PHOTO: In terms of solar energy powering public schools, a new study ranks Arizona third in the U.S. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy.

TEMPE, Ariz. - A new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association titled Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, finds Arizona ranked third in the nation in terms of solar energy use in public schools. Steven Church, energy education coordinator at Tempe Elementary School District ...Read More

PHOTO: Community Health Centers in Texas and nationwide say without Congressional action, many will face a dramatic cut in funding next year, that could mean shuttered locations and reduced services. Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - For working families who struggle financially across the state of Texas, Community Health Centers are their only access to primary care, but closed clinics, job cuts and reduced services are all options being considered in the face of a looming funding cliff. A trust fund estab ...Read More

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