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Archive: December 2, 2013

PHOTO:  Appalachia's newest generation of college graduates hopes to get its message heard during the SOAR summit Dec. 9, which will focus on the future of eastern and southern Kentucky.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - More than 1100 people have registered to attend a day-long conference next Monday about the future of eastern and southern Kentucky. SOAR - which stands for "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" - is a bipartisan effort to find ways to move the region forward. According to Ethan Hambli ...Read More

PHOTO: Opponents of a bill that would revise Ohio’s energy-efficiency policies for utilities say it would raise utility rates for struggling Ohioans. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A hearing is expected today on legislation that has generated a lot of controversy in Ohio. Senate Bill 58 was introduced by Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) in an effort to revamp the policies surrounding Ohio's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy standards. State associate dire ...Read More

PHOTO: Zero deaths, zero new infections and zero stigma- that's the theme for this year's World AIDS Day event, which will be observed in St. Louis on Friday, Dec. 6.

ST. LOUIS - Dozens of the state's top experts on HIV and AIDS will meet on Friday to share their insights, discuss the latest treatments and commemorate both the past and the future of the battle against the disease. "Getting to Zero" is the theme for this year's World AIDS Day event at the Missouri ...Read More

PHOTO: Helen Marks Dicks of AARP-WI wants the governor and legislature to keep what she says is a promise made to low-income Wisconsinites regarding health care coverage. (Photo of Dicks used with permission.)

MADISON, Wis. - A special legislative session later this month could have a big impact on about 85,000 low-income Wisconsinites without dependent children. State lawmakers will consider a plan from Gov. Walker that would delay health insurance coverage for this group of people from Jan. 1 to the end ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of Michigan charities will take part in #GivingTuesday, a day that encourages community service and donations to nonprofit organizations to kick off the holiday season. Image courtesy of

DETROIT - First came two days devoted to getting deals: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Then came shopping on Thanksgiving Day itself, but now charitable organizations across the state hope Michiganders will consider celebrating a day for giving back. Tomorrow marks the second annual Giving Tuesday, ...Read More

Photo: Young people with disabilities in the Reno area are gaining job skills through a new program in Nevada. Image courtesy of the Washoe County School District.

RENO, Nev. - Young people with disabilities in the Reno area are gaining job skills through a first-of-its kind program in the Silver State. Vocational Opportunities for Inclusive Career Education (VOICE) helps students with resumes, portfolios, job interviews and other skills. Kelly Wales, Studen ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Black Friday, the kickoff of holiday shopping, is encroaching on Thanksgiving this year, with major retailers starting their sales on Thursday. One antidote to galloping consumerism is Giving Tuesday.<br /><br /><br />

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. - Black Friday started on Thursday this year, with major retailers moving up their holiday sales kickoffs to Thanksgiving Day. In response, last year the "Hashtag Giving Tuesday" movement sprang up, aimed at making the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday a day of giving. ...Read More

According to the National Priorities Project, many huge congressional spending battles including one now going on over the farm bill, could be settled by closing corporate tax loopholes. GRAPH by the NPP, based on OMB and CBO figures.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - One of the key budget issues keeping the Farm Bill stuck in congressional gridlock could be solved by closing a single tax loophole, according to budget analysts. Federal agriculture programs are on the verge of expiring, which could cause serious problems for Arkansas's farmers. ...Read More

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