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Archive: December 2, 2015

Inmates at the Buncombe County Detention Facility practice yoga in a pilot program. Credit: Buncombe County Detention Facility

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A dozen or more people sitting on mats and practicing deep breathing exercises is not what you'd expect to see at a detention facility, but it's happening in at least one in North Carolina - with positive results. The Buncombe County Detention Facility has embarked on a pilot prog ...Read More

Wisconsin state Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, says it's time to change the state's culture regarding drinking and driving. Credit: Michael Simms/Wikimedia Commons

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - State Sen. Chris Larson says Wisconsin's "woefully inadequate" drunken-driving laws are the most lenient in the nation. While state law now regards a first-time drunken-driving offense as a misdemeanor, a bill sponsored by Larson, D-Milwaukee, would force an immediate consequence ...Read More

They won't be fancy, but they'll be free. Mobile phones for lower-income Oregonians who qualify will include unlimited calls to CareOregon for health-related questions. Credit: Alivmann/morguefile.com
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Getting more free mobile phones into the hands of more low-income Oregonians is the goal of a new partnership. SafeLink Wireless, an emergency mobile phone provider, and CareOregon, the nonprofit that provides health plan services for Medicaid members, have teamed up to offer free ...Read More

Polls show that more than 90 percent of Americans want GMO labeling. Credit: Rosalee Yagihara/Wikimedia.org

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NEW YORK - Legislators, consumer advocates and environmentalists are pledging to step up their campaign for a state law to require labels identifying foods with genetically modified ingredients. Gathering today at City Hall in New York City, they're vowing to make the bipartisan GMO labeling bill a ...Read More

More federal investigations of New York state lawmakers are in progress. Credit: Kurtman518/Wikimedia Commons

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NEW YORK - With the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, good-government advocates think Albany finally may take reform seriously. Silver, D-Manhattan, is the latest in a long line of legislators found guilty of corruption, and the trial of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Roc ...Read More

After last week's shooting in Colorado Springs, groups supporting Planned Parenthood are asking leaders to tone down their verbal attacks on the health-care provider. Credit: Charlotte Cooper/Wikimedia Commons.

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DENVER - In the aftermath of last week's attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, allies of the clinics are demanding accountability from politicians for their hostile rhetoric against the health-care provider. Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has called Planned Parenthood "barbari ...Read More

Sustainable=agriculture advocates say the EPA's new renewable-fuel standards are good, but don't go far enough to spur new sources. Credit: JZlomek/morguefile.com

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BISMARCK, N.D. - It took two years of delays, but this week the Environmental Protection Agency finally released new renewable-fuel standards for the country. The rules include upping the amount of renewable fuel, mostly corn-based ethanol, to more than 18 billion gallons by 2016. That will bring r ...Read More

This 17,000-square-foot Living Building is one of two under construction at Hampshire College in Amherst, helping the campus become energy self-sufficient. Courtesy: Hampshire College.

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AMHERST, Mass. - While 100 world leaders take part in climate talks today in Paris, action is being taken now on a college campus in the Commonwealth to reduce carbon emissions. Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash said an impact study is in the works with Eversource, the local utility, and So ...Read More

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