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Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Archive: December 23, 2015

There is a move among Wisconsin lawmakers to keep their text messages secret and exempt from the state open records law. g-stockstudio/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Watchdog groups in Wisconsin are opposing a move to exempt the text messages of elected officials from the state's open records law. The Republican leadership in the legislature says texts should not be subject to the law because they are "transitory communications," and therefore ...Read More

Young people who suggested and worked on successful legislation for kids in foster care were at the signing ceremony earlier this year with Gov. Kate Brown. (Oregon Foster Youth Connection)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon is at the forefront of states working to give kids in foster care the same opportunities as in other families and the young people themselves are making it happen. They've seen state legislation pass this year based on their ideas for opening their own savings accounts, and e ...Read More

About 47 percent of private-sector workers in Michigan do not have paid sick time. (William Brawley/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - It's cold and flu season, and holiday gatherings can expose people to germs that could leave them under the weather. But some Michigan workers don't have the luxury of recovering from illnesses at home. Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, exp ...Read More

The U.S. Postal Service is helping answer thousands of Chicago-area kids' letters to Santa. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Thousands of Chicago-area kids are getting some holiday help from the Chicago Post Office. Every year, a team of "postal elves" help out with Operation Santa by collecting children's letters and email messages to Santa. Mark Reynolds, Chicago district spokesman for the U.S. Postal Servi ...Read More

Experts warn against using public WiFi to make purchases or enter any personal information on websites, particularly during the holiday season. (beanworks/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The credit and debit cards of Tennesseans are getting worn out this week as folks make their final holiday purchases, and the activity makes them more susceptible to scams and fraud. Experts recommend taking extra precautions this month and watching out for some relatively new m ...Read More

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons ...Read More

The proposed pipeline would follow the New York State Thruway from Albany to New Jersey. (Famartin/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Cuomo administration says the Department of Environmental Conservation will co-lead the environmental review of a pipeline proposed for the Hudson Valley. The pipeline would follow the New York State Thruway, and the Thruway Authority had been handling the review alone. The gov ...Read More

The holidays generate 25 percent more waste than other times of the year, much of which can be recycled. (jackietrains/morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the most wonderful time of the year, but according to Trish Radke, program coordinator of the Metro Waste Authority, it's also the most wasteful. "We actually produce 25 percent more waste during the holidays than any other time of the year," she says. "Reducing your impact ...Read More

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