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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

PHOTO: Trying to prevent the deaths of teenage drivers in Arizona and across the nation is the focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week. Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

PHOENIX – Parents in Arizona and around the nation are urged to talk with their teenagers who are starting to drive as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week. The safety campaign is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It stresses that vehicle crashes are the leading c ...Read More

Photo: Denver Public Schools incorporates salad bars into their school lunches to encourage healthy eating and meet federal nutrition standards. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Schools.
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DENVER - Friday may be National Food Day, but Coloradans are being invited to do more than just eat in celebration. Nutrition advocates are hoping Coloradans will join others across the U.S. in improving their diets and food policies. One topic is whether school systems should have to follow 2012 f ...Read More

PHOTO: The renowned trout fishery in the Green River in northeastern Utah could become part of a federally-designated wilderness area, as part of an agreement involving Daggett County leaders and conservationists. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

SALT LAKE CITY - An agreement involving county government and conservationists is in place that would help protect the Green River in northeastern Utah, home to some of the best trout fishing in the country. Charles Card, Northeast Utah backcountry coordinator at Trout Unlimited, says the agreement ...Read More

PHOTO: The next open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act starts Nov. 15, and organizations across Arizona are training staff members to guide people through the application process. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services.

PHOENIX – Organizations across the Grand Canyon State are staffing up as the next open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) quickly approaches. Pati Urias is with Enroll America Arizona, a group that helps people get health insurance coverage. She says several organizations are ...Read More

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez is receiving sanctuary from the First Unitarian Society of Denver, in an attempt to call attention to the need to keep his family together rather than be deported. Photo courtesy of Hernandez.

DENVER – Today will be Arturo Hernandez's first full day living inside a church – the First Unitarian Society of Denver. A 15-year Colorado resident, Hernandez says he faces deportation and is working with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition to ask Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo ...Read More

PHOTO: Arizona is among the leading states when it comes to cutting education funding, according to a new report. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

PHOENIX – Education funding cuts in Arizona rank among the nation's highest. That's the finding of a study released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Children's Action Alliance, says the research shows that Arizona's per pupil spending ...Read More

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