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Archive: July 3, 2013

PHOTO: An end-ot-the-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn anybody a congratulatory ice cream cone. Photo courtesy Mark Scheerer<br /><br />PHOTO: An end-ot-the-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn any

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York education reformers have issued the state a "report card" for the first time, and the "grades" are not the sort that a student would be in a hurry to show Mom and Dad. The report card, drawn up by the Alliance for Quality Education, shows progress being made in two areas: pr ...Read More

PHOTO: Music-lovers from around the world converge on the downtown Portland waterfront over the July 4th weekend for music and fireworks at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Credit: Joe Cantrell for Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Long after the music ends at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland this holiday weekend, the proceeds will be spent feeding people throughout Oregon and in Clark County, Wash. The festival is the major fundraiser of the year for the Oregon Food Bank. Artistic director Peter Da ...Read More

PHOTO: Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is announcing major new investments in national weather forecasting technology to be based in Maryland. Photo credit: NOAA

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee has a lot of control over the federal checkbook, said Tuesday that she intends to use that power to improve weather forecasting to save lives and property in the United States. Visiting the Nati ...Read More

Photo: Military families rely on state and federal EITC to survive. Courtesy: U.S. Navy

RALEIGH, N.C. - As the nation gears up to celebrate Independence Day, those who have fought hard to defend it may be fighting a new tax proposal in the North Carolina General Assembly. House Bill 998 would let the state Earned Income Tax Credit expire. Allan Freyer, public policy analyst for the No ...Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa - In 2008, the Iowa Legislature passed a ban on indoor smoking, for which proponents fought hard. In the five years since the Clean Indoor Air Act took effect, they say, there has been a positive impact on Iowans' health and well-being. Megan O'Brian, administrator of the Iowa Depa ...Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa - When you pack your picnic basket for this Independence Day, taking a few steps will make the outing more environmentally friendly. Reo Menning, public affairs director for Metro Waste Authority, advises buying local ingredients from a farmer's market, which already means cutting ...Read More

PHOTO: Those who will be celebrating July 4th with outdoor activities can expect to have plenty of company in the form of mosquitoes. Credit: Dr. Relling.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After the long, cool spring, mosquitoes in Minnesota are trying to make up for lost time as the Fourth of July approaches. The wet weather of previous weeks has provided breeding ground for those that breed in containers, said Mike McLean, public information officer for the Metrop ...Read More

CHART: According to a new study, the U.S. - and some states in particular - will see job growth in the next few years from rules to limit carbon pollution and slow climate change. Courtesy NRDC.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A chance to add U.S. jobs and cut electric bills in many states is in store by limiting carbon pollution and climate change, according to a new study. The coal industry has sharply attacked White House plans to cut emissions from power plants, saying they will slow the economy b ...Read More

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