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PHOTO: The Children's Action Alliance is calling on political candidates in Arizona to focus on hunger and other issues affecting kids as they seek office in the general election this November. Photo credit: Pima County Public Library.

PHOENIX - As election season kicks into high gear in Arizona, there are calls for political candidates to focus on children's issues. Julie Bacon is a consultant with Children's Action Alliance, which is sponsoring an event in Scottsdale today promoting the "Healthy Packs" program. She says 10 cand ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report concludes that the controversial proposal to divert portions of the Gila River could cost more than $1 billion. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The controversial proposal to divert areas of the Gila River could cost an estimated $1.1 billion, according to a report prepared by the former head of New Mexico's Interstate Stream Commission. Norman Gaume says the Bureau of Reclamation's cost estimates for the project are accura ...Read More

PHOTO: The poverty rate in the state is down, while the median household income is up, but it's little to celebrate with the movement minimal and 4.5 million Texans still living below the poverty line. Photo credit: Charles Henry/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Latest figures show the poverty rate has dropped in Texas, although the change is minimal and in some parts of the state, the financial struggles for families are much more widespread. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the statewide poverty rate has dipped to 17.5 percent, although it' ...Read More

Photo: The gap between the poorest and wealthiest in Colorado is widening, according to Census data released Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - According to the latest Census data released Thursday, Coloradans are, at least on paper, making slightly more money than they were a year or two ago. The state's median household income increased by 2.4 percent since 2012, but experts warn it's important to read between the lines. Median ...Read More

PHOTO: People's Climate March events take place on Saturday in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in support of the national People's Climate March in New York City. Photo courtesy of People's Climate March.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – People's Climate March events are being held in New Mexico on Saturday to show solidarity with the national People's Climate March in New York City, ahead of next week's Climate Summit at the United Nations. Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado immigrants and faith groups are working together to form the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, to help offer respite to people facing deportation. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

DENVER - Places of worship are known as places to find comfort in faith, and a group of Denver faith leaders also wants to offer relief from the threat of deportation to members of the immigrant community. This week, five congregations announced the formation of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition ...Read More

PHOTO: The record September 2013 floods in Colorado spread damage across 200 miles of the Front Range. Lyons, in Boulder County, was one of the hardest-hit areas with millions of dollars in property damage. Photo courtesy Nina Embervine/EarthSky.org

LYONS, Colo. - The northern Front Range is still in the midst of recovering from last September's record flooding, but the recovery and rebuilding effort is benefitting from a tool some may find surprising: the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) money ...Read More

PHOTO: There is contamination of drinking water associated with hydraulic fracturing, but a new study also finds the primary cause is from faulty shale gas wells, not migrating methane from the process itself. Photo credit: Roy Luck/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A new study finds contamination of drinking water in parts of Texas from the extraction of shale gas, but the primary cause is not what some people had feared. Researcher Avner Vengosh says the contamination of the wells that they analyzed was not directly from the process of hy ...Read More

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