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Archive: September 16, 2013

This week the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County will host an event with Erin Merryn - the abuse victim behind the national push for education on the subject. Child advocates say that kind of education is the best way to prevent what happened to Merryn from happening to others.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A new law, and a new education effort started by it, should leave fewer places for child sexual abuse to be hidden in Arkansas, according to children's advocates. Erin's Law, which was enacted here this spring, is starting the process of putting a program about abuse in the schoo ...Read More

PHOTO: With open enrollment for the new health-care law, AARP Kentucky is hosting events to help connect people with those who can help them sign up. Courtesy AARP.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After months of debate and planning, open enrollment for insurance under the new national health care law is about to begin in Kentucky. Rollout of the state's health insurance marketplace, known as "Kynect," begins October 1. To help Kentuckians decide on their coverage options, A ...Read More

PHOTO: Healthy lifestyle habits and a robust social life are keys to

CASPER, Wyo. - Keeping the mind healthy means keeping the body healthy. That's one of the points in this week's "brain health" workshop in Casper. AARP Wyoming is partnering with state and local agencies to offer sessions on nutrition, fitness and social participation - and how those things are conn ...Read More

PHOTO: Faith communities across the state are learning about the benefits of

RICHMOND, Va. - Going solar is getting simpler for churches in Virginia. A state law took effect this summer that makes it easier for faith communities, schools and nonprofits to install, use and even sell solar energy. Marco Grimaldo is the CEO and president of the Virginia Interfaith Center for ...Read More

INDIANAPOLIS - You might be surprised to learn that the number-one reason for emergency room visits and hospital admissions in Indiana is people falling. According to Mary Raley, the injury prevention/trauma education outreach coordinator at St. Mary's Trauma Center in Evansville, falling is somet ...Read More

PHOTO: At times it can seem little more than controlled chaos, but when it comes to roughhousing, be it peer to peer, or parent and child, there are numerous benefits. CREDIT: Sharon Mollerus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is an order that has passed through the lips of many a parent: "Quit that horsin' around!" However, a better option may be to loosen the reins a bit, according to one expert. Larry Cohen is a licensed psychologist who encourages roughhousing. He said physical engagement betwe ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Ohio growers are concerned that new federal food safety rules are burdensome enough to hurt their business and ultimately, reduce access to fresh, local foods. Courtesy OEFFA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohio growers are concerned that regulations they see as overly burdensome are being proposed for reasons of food safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to make changes to its Food Safety Modernization Act that the agency estimates will prevent close to 2 million f ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana is taking over grizzly bear livestock loss compensation program, while Defenders of Wildlife is spending more on coexistence projects. Photo credit: USFWS

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana is taking control of the program to compensate ranchers for livestock losses from grizzly bears. A new state law directs the Montana Livestock Loss Board to issue reimbursements, and that means Defenders of Wildlife will stop writing those checks, after September 30. Acco ...Read More

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