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ILLUSTRATION: April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month is focused on preventing violence on campuses, while recognizing that assaults can be more than physical in nature. Groups are calling out behaviors and instances that attempt to "normalize" sexual violence, and promoting values that encourage respect. Illustration courtesy Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

BOISE, Idaho - It's back to school for April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Idaho. While awareness is important, Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence said "action" is the focus as her group works with college and university campus leaders ...Read More

PHOTO: A closer look at Washoe County's new electric buses is part of the University of Nevada-Reno's Earth Day events on campus this week. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. - Earth Week is a chance for the University of Nevada-Reno to show people what the school has been doing to "go green." Sustainability is the focus of educational programs and demonstrations, said Su Hoon Tan, programming coordinator at the University, citing examples of campus and commu ...Read More

PHOTO: A state program reaching out to veterans in Nevada's rural areas is growing in popularity. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Veterans living in rural Nevada will likely have the opportunity to meet with a Veterans Services officer without having to leave town. ROVER, which stands for "Rural Outreach for Veterans Enrichment and Resources," is the way the State Department of Veterans Services (DVS) provi ...Read More

PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or ...Read More

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - One in three Washington residents makes time for some kind of volunteer activity during the year, and the value of these time contributions totals an impressive $5.6 billion. Today, the state is saying "thanks." On Volunteer Appreciation Day, Gov. Jay Inslee is honoring 44 people i ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

IMAGE: The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. The postponement comes after the commission heard several hours of public testimony at its meeting in Ventura on Wednesday. Amaroq Wei ...Read More

PHOTO: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Idaho may be an exception. Photo courtesy of fbi.gov

BOISE, Idaho – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunit ...Read More

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