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Photo: Branch Out Cider collects apples from yards, gardens and acreages around Fort Collins to make their award-winning cider. Photo courtesy: Branch Out Cider

FORT COLLINS, Col. - Apples grow easily in many areas of Colorado, and this time of year farmers are busy harvesting their crops. But the fruit is also plentiful in the yards of Coloradans, who up until now had no use for the hundreds of apples their fruit trees produced. It's that observation th ...Read More

PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Arizona farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHOENIX - Halloween is just a couple of days away, and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright - but the little animals actually help Arizona farmers and people. Lynda Lambert, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said bats feast on insects. "Th ...Read More

PHOTO: Many people in Utah and across the nation don't know about premium subsidies that can cover a huge chunk of health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act, according to Jason Stevenson with the Utah Health Policy Project. Photo courtesy of the Utah Health Policy Project.

SALT LAKE CITY - As the next open-enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act launches on Nov. 15, many people in Utah and across the nation may not know about government subsidies that can cover the majority of the premium cost. "Over 60 to 70 percent of Americans have no idea that financial h ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report ranks Arizona in the top third of all states in overall energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PHOENIX - Arizona places 15th in the U.S. in a new report ranking states on energy efficiency. Jeff Schlegel, Arizona representative at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, says the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks states ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas has a record 14 million people registered to vote this year, and efforts at getting them to the polls with the proper I.D. continue with the election now just one week away. Photo credit: Matt Turner/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - With the midterm election one week away, Texans are being urged to get out and vote - but they are also being reminded they will need appropriate identification in the wake of the state's new voter I.D. law. After numerous twists and turns in the legal battle over the need for a pho ...Read More

DENVER - Colorado's airwaves and newspapers are a-chatter with campaign ads for and against Amendment 67 also known as the Personhood Amendment. If approved by voters, the proposal would include unborn human beings under the definition of "person" in the state's criminal code. If it sounds famili ...Read More

PHOTO: Raising awareness about diversions, energy development and other activities that can negatively impact the Colorado River is the goal of a new coalition called Colorado River Connected. Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Transportation.

SALT LAKE CITY – A new coalition of several organizations called Colorado River Connected is focused on raising awareness about critical issues affecting the historic river, which serves millions of people living in Utah and several other Western states. Zach Frankel, a spokesman for Colorado ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil ...Read More

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