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Archive: December 3, 2013

PHOTO: Sister Helen Prejean, witness to six executions and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in America, will speak in Louisville and Lexington this week. Photo courtesy of Prejean.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sister Helen Prejean has witnessed six executions. Since the first 20 years ago, the Roman Catholic nun has been on a crusade to abolish the death penalty, a message she brings to Louisville and Lexington this week. Prejean wrote the book "Dead Man Walking," her personal account o ...Read More

PHOTO: Tamarine Cornelius of the Wisconsin Budget Project says thousands of Wisconsinites will lose Federal Unemployment Benefits unless Congress acts soon. (Photo used with permission.)

MADISON, Wis. – There could be a lump of coal in the Christmas stockings of tens of thousands of Wisconsinites. A new analysis by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project says 24,000 Wisconsinites could lose extended federal benefits at the end of December. "Then, over the next six months a ...Read More

PHOTO: Helping veterans avoid homelessness and have better access to education is the focus of amendments that U.s. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is pursuing in a massive defense bill moving through Congress. Image credit: Sen. Tom Udall.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Helping veterans avoid homelessness and have better access to education is the focus of amendments that U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico is pursuing in a massive Defense bill moving through Congress. Udall spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm says the amendments are in the Natio ...Read More

PHOTO: With shovels out again in North Dakota, citizens are being told to pay attention to their heart, since issues can arise especially among the elderly and those not used to strenuous exercise. CREDIT: Uriah Welcome

BISMARCK, N.D. – As parts of North Dakota continue to get blanketed by a thick layer of snow, a reminder that the wintery conditions don't just bring dangers on the highways, but also right at home. Dr. Jeffrey Sather, an emergency room physician at Trinity Health in Bismarck, says heart iss ...Read More

PHOTO: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert should fund education at a higher level with hundreds of millions of dollars in anticipated new revenue and surplus funds, according to Liz Zentner with the Utah Parent Teacher Association. Photo credit: State of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Gov. Gary Herbert should fund education at a higher level with hundreds of millions of dollars in anticipated new revenue and surplus funds, according to Liz Zentner, president of the Utah Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Herbert is expected to announce his multi-billio ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU alleges that Catholic hospitals are putting pregnant women's lives in danger and tying doctors' hands by not allowing for all treatment options. Photo credit: freestockphotos.com.

MUSKEGON, Mich. - A Michigan woman's miscarriage is now at the center of an ACLU lawsuit over the religious directives that govern the practices of Catholic hospitals in the United States. Tamesha Means was rushed to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon when her water broke just 18 weeks into her pregn ...Read More

IMAGE: State and national leaders are pausing to celebrate the historic decline in teen birth rates. Image courtesy of the Ohio Department of Health.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Experts say teenagers in Ohio are making better choices when it comes to their sexual behaviors, resulting in a historic decline in teen pregnancies and births. Bill Albert, chief campaign officer with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says evidence-based prog ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Maryland is calling for more training and help for caregivers in the state. Photo credit: AARP.ORG

BALTIMORE - Maryland's population is getting older, and the AARP thinks the state needs a better plan to deal with it. AARP leaders from eight states are meeting in Baltimore this week to discuss their policy priorities for the next year. AARP Maryland state director Hank Greenberg said he hopes t ...Read More

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