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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

PHOTO: A group of Montana parents has been visiting Walgreens stores around the state this week, asking that the company remove products from store shelves that have been shown to contain toxic chemicals. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Montana parents who also are members of Montana Conservation Voters are asking Walgreens stores around the state to remove products from their shelves that have been shown to contain certain toxic chemicals – confirmed by test results from HealthyStuff.org. "So many chem ...Read More

PHOTO: Several electric buses now serving Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. – A few electric buses now being operated in Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over the next several years. Michael Moreno, public information officer at the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, says his ag ...Read More

The state is expected to collect billions of dollars in cap-and-trade auctions. Steinberg's plan would allocate 35 percent of the revenues to affordable housing and "sustainable communities." Courtesy of the Office of State Senate Darrell Steinberg.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a new plan for cap-and-trade proceeds that are collected from the state's biggest polluters. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wants the majority of those revenues to go toward providing a permanent source of funding for sust ...Read More

PHOTO: The California Fish and Game Commission is considering whether to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. A decision may be announced when the commission meets in Ventura on Wednesday. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

VENTURA, Calif. - Wolf advocates in California are urging policymakers to welcome the animals back to the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to announce Wednesday if gray wolves will be getting protections under the California Endangered Species Act. According to Pam ...Read More

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