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Archive: February 18, 2011

SEATTLE - Two studies released this month show a dilemma for Washington's home health-care industry: how to attract more people to jobs that provide daily living assistance to elderly and individuals with disabilities. One report paints Home Care Aides' jobs as chronically low-paid; the other says t ...Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 1,000 Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims joined forces Thursday at the state Capitol to speak out for social justice. Their chief concerns include preventing further cuts to the social safety network and ensuring that lawmakers create a fair, balanced budget that do ...Read More

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - Some of Minnesota's treasured natural resources could benefit from President Obama's just-released final version of the America's Great Outdoors initiative. Unveiled after months of public hearings in Minnesota and around the country, the plan outlines goals for improving lan ...Read More

DENVER - The "America's Great Outdoors" initiative has been unveiled, after months of gathering public input in Colorado and across the country. The project aims to protect a wide variety of outdoor spaces - from urban parks to undeveloped wilderness - and engage future generations in outdoor activi ...Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Watching the grass grow in Virginia is anything but an idle pastime for students, teachers and other volunteers around the state. They're helping grow special types of grasses for Chesapeake Bay every year. The program, called "Grasses for the Masses," was created by the Chesapeake ...Read More

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - More students in Illinois are falling into poverty and falling behind wealthier students in reading, a new study says. According to the 2011 Kids Count Report released by Voices for Illinois Children, less than half of the low-income students in Illinois are able to read at grad ...Read More

AUSTIN, Texas - Two groups have put forward a plan to rehabilitate America's Gulf Coast that features a restoration of the ecosystem and a call for a more diverse economy that's less dependent on oil and gas. The plan by Oxfam America and the Center for American Progress (CAP) pushes for some of th ...Read More

HELENA, Mont. - A debate about renewable energy and its connection to jobs is on the table for the Montana Legislature. The Senate Energy Committee held a hearing Thursday afternoon to debate increasing the "renewable energy standard" (RES), which would require utilities to buy clean, renewable ene ...Read More

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