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Archive: January 10, 2014

State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) wants to make 2014 the

MADISON, Wis. – The minority leader of the state assembly, Democrat Peter Barca of Kenosha, wants both parties to work together in 2014 to make it the Year of the Middle Class. Barca says 2013 was not kind to middle-class Wisconsinites. "Our state has fallen to 37th in job creation,” ...Read More

SEATTLE – Compared to other states, Washington isn't making much progress in feeding lower-income children who come to school hungry, according to a new statewide report from the group Washington Appleseed. It says in schools where a quick, healthy breakfast is served, there are fewer discip ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerns are being raised in Iowa that a provision in the Farm Bill to limit some types of payments may be stripped from the legislation in Conference Committee. Photo courtesy USDA.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – As Congress nears the finish line on a new Farm Bill, there's concern that a provision to help keep family farms strong may be watered-down – or not included at all in the final legislation. Both the U.S. Senate and House versions of the bill include a strict limit o ...Read More

PHOTO: There are about 500 vegetable gardens planted at Oregon schools, and the state's first School Garden Summit takes place on Mon., Jan. 13 near Salem.  Photo credit: Linda Colwell

SALEM, Ore. – People who are growing food at their schools – and those who want to – meet near Salem on Monday for Oregon's first School Garden Summit. The trend is part of the Farm to School movement that seeks to improve cafeteria cuisine with nutritious, locally grown foods wh ...Read More

PHOTO: Medicinal marijuana is legal in Illinois but it could be another year before patients with chronic conditions can access the drug. Credit: NORML.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Marijuana may now be legal for medicinal use in Illinois, but patients who qualify to use it for chronic conditions will have to wait. The new law went into effect Jan. 1, and officials are still crafting the regulations, which many expect to be among the toughest in the ...Read More

IMAGE: The Minnesota Lottery plans to soon introduce online scratch-off tickets. Opponents say it doesn't have the authority, and want it stopped without specific legislative approval. Photo credit: John Michaelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the roll-out of new online scratch-off tickets just weeks away, the Minnesota Lottery is being urged to halt the plan until lawmakers have had a chance to weigh in on it. The stance of the State Lottery is that it does have the ability to offer online games. But Jake ...Read More

PHOTO: A ceremony is planned for Sunday (Jan. 12), where Minnesotans who have lost loved ones to gun violence, and their supporters, can help others with similar experiences and share memories. Photo credit: Ariane Middel

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans who have lost loved ones to gun violence will gather this weekend for the third annual Remembrance of Life. Among those in attendance will be Mary Johnson, whose only son was murdered in 1993 and she later went on to form the group From Death to Life. "A lot of ...Read More

PHOTO: PSEA, Pennsylvania's largest public employees' union, has released a 100-page report with 20 recommendations to maximize learning experiences in the state. Photo credit: publicdomainpictures.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The head of the union representing teachers and other public employees in Pennsylvania says the union’s new 100-page report on education should be required reading for Gov. Tom Corbett and state lawmakers. Mike Crossey, president of the Pennsylvania State Education As ...Read More

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