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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.

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Archive: June 4, 2014

PHOTO: State Sen. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon is the recipient of the

WAUSAU, Wis. - New legislation has opened the door for pulse-oximetry screening for all Wisconsin newborns prior to hospital discharge. Brad Gast of Wausau, chairman of the American Heart Association's Wisconsin's Advocacy Committee, said it was three years of hard work to get the law passed. "Res ...Read More

PHOTO: Successful summer meal programs for kids combine healthy food with fun activities to keep them learning. In tiny Chimacum, it's a community effort for the Jefferson County YMCA. Photo courtesy School's Out Washington.
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CHIMACUM, Wash. - When the school year comes to an end, groups around the state kick into high gear to keep kids learning during the summer months - and also to ensure they have regular meals. Some summer programs in high-need rural areas get an extra boost for that goal with a grant called "Feed Y ...Read More

PHOTO: Salt Lake City ranks about midway in a new national ranking of pedestrian deaths and safety in big U.S. cities. Photo courtesy Utah Department of Transportation.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's capital ranks about midway among the nation's 51 largest metropolitan areas for pedestrian deaths and safety, according to a new report. Called "Dangerous by Design," the report by the National Complete Streets Coalition compiles the number of pedestrian deaths from 2003 to ...Read More

PHOTO: The Ohio Legislature is considering creating financial incentives for converting state-agency and public-transportation fleets to alternative-fueled vehicles. Photo courtesy Clean Fuels Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - More vehicles traveling on Ohio's roadways could be burning cheaper and cleaner fuels, depending on the outcome of legislation in Columbus. House Bill 336 would create several financial incentives for state agencies, public-transportation systems, private businesses and consumers t ...Read More

PHOTO: New University of Illinois research suggests that a family's assets and debts might be more significant than family income in influencing college success for a young person. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Family financial "smarts" may be just as important as "book smarts" when it comes to a student's ability to finish college. A new study from the University of Illinois suggests that family debt diminishes a student's prospects of graduating from college. Social work professor Mi ...Read More

PHOTO: Those who work to prevent sexual assault in Indiana say they are disappointed that Gov. Mike Pence has chosen not to comply with federal standards to prevent prison rape. Photo credit: Kevin Connors/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Concerns are being raised about Gov. Mike Pence's refusal to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. Indiana's governor has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that meeting the federal mandate isn't feasible because the standards are too expensive to enforce. But Chri ...Read More

PHOTO: Mosquitoes and ticks are more than a seasonal nuisance. They can spread disease and, with experts predicting a heavy insect season in Michigan, people are urged to take precautions when outdoors. Photo credit: Mrooczek262/

EAST LANSING, Mich. - If it feels as though you can't go out in the yard without getting covered in bug bites, you're not alone. Experts say Michigan is in for a brutal bug season, particularly for ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the risk of certain illnesses. Michigan's tick population has ...Read More

PHOTO: Power plants in Pennsylvania face strict pollution limits under a new EPA proposal, but environmentalists say not taking those steps would be devastating in the longer term. Photo credit: Peter Kratochvil/

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania and other states will play major roles in implementing a proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that would require power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent below their 2005 levels by 2030. The new proposal gives states flexibility to de ...Read More

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