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Archive: February 25, 2014

GRAPHIC: The test scores of thousands of New York public school students will be data-mined in a new program launched by Nassau BOCES with consulting from Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research. Photo credit:

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Testing and test scores - a flashpoint in New York's public schools of late - are the topics of a new collaboration between Harvard University and Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). It's aimed at mining test score data from some 200,000 Long Island students ...Read More

Photo: Emmons founded Sow Much Good to help feed communities in need. Courtesy: Sow Much Good

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Not everyone in North Carolina has access to affordable, fresh food, and this week state lawmakers are taking up the problem of "food deserts" and what to do about them. The term refers to communities without retailers of wholesome food. A bill (HB 957) before the State Assembly ai ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Arizona is looking for volunteer presenters for its Community Educators Program. They’re looking to expand the program in western and northern Arizona. CREDIT: AARP

PHOENIX - Arizona is the number-one state for identity theft, and AARP Arizona is looking to expand its fraud-education program beyond Maricopa and Pima counties. That Community Educators Program relies on trained volunteers to make presentations to communities and organizations. According to AARP ...Read More

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, and while they may appear to be less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, experts say more research about their safety is needed.

INDIANAPOLIS - Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, with celebrities in advertisements touting them as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. But experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated that there are more than 250 different e-cigarette b ...Read More

Image: California has the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation, which makes it increasingly more difficult for patients to find a doctor. State lawmakers have introduced legislation to restore Medi-Cal reimbursement rates now that the state has a budget surplus.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An effort is under way to restore funding cuts to the California Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. California has the lowest reimbursement rates in the nation, at just $18 a visit for primary care services - which makes it increasingly more difficult for people on Medicaid to ...Read More

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