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Archive: December 9, 2015

At this time of year, criminals and con artists often impersonate legitimate charities in an effort to get your cash. Credit: amanalang/iStockphoto

MADISON, Wis. – Give, but don't get taken, is the advice from a consumer advocate about holiday charitable giving. Frank Frassetto, administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Trade and Consumer Protection, says scammers can lay it on pretty thick during the holidays. They have a time-tested b ...Read More

The federal Strengthening Families Act helps normalize the lives of children in the foster care system. Credit: taylorschlades/morguefile

WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. – The holidays may be a little easier for at least some of the 10,000 children in North Carolina's foster care system. The federal Strengthening Families Act, signed into law last year, requires states to make changes to help normalize the lives of children in the system. ...Read More

With low holiday spending budgets, a survey by WalletHub indicates Tennesseans stand a chance at breaking the bank this holiday, as they try to buy for everyone on their lists. (mconnors/

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - If your finances feel tight this holiday, you're in good company. Tennesseans - and specifically those living in Knoxville and Memphis - have some of the lowest holiday budgets, when compared with 563 cities nationwide, according to a report released by WalletHub, a website provi ...Read More

Weatherization provides energy savings, safety and peace of mind for homeowners. (Melodi2/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Winter is almost here, and a new report finds state policies are hindering weatherization programs. According to the findings, in 2008 Ohio's clean-energy standards sparked a nearly sevenfold increase in investment in low-income home weatherization by private investor-owned electri ...Read More

Conservation groups in Kentucky say a settlement with a coal company over water pollution sends a strong message about the need for enforcement. Credit Alex DeShay/Sierra Club

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A coalition of citizens' groups that exposed thousands of Clean Water Act violations at one coal company's surface mining operations in eastern Kentucky has reached a settlement with the state's regulatory agency and the company. In the settlement with five conservation group ...Read More

Youth groups from Latino churches visit the Mojave Trails National Monument. (Hispanic Access Foundation)

COACHELLA, Calif. - A large group of California religious leaders released a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, asking him to use his powers under the Antiquities Act to create three new national monuments in the southern California desert. One hundred Latino church leaders from the Assemblies o ...Read More

Protestors spoke out in Reno Tuesday against the sale of oil and gas leases on federal land. Credit: Center for Biological Diversity

RENO, Nev. – Dozens of activists descended on a Reno hotel on Tuesday to protest the sale of federal land leases in Nevada for oil and gas development. The Bureau of Land Management at its quarterly auction sold the rights to develop oil and gas on about 4,000 acres near Ely. Valerie Love wi ...Read More

There are concerns that bills making their way through the Michigan Legislature would restrict voting. Credit: Theresa Thompson/Flickr

LANSING, Mich. – A bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting making its way through the Michigan Legislature is among those frowned upon by voting rights activists. Senate Bill 13, passed by a House committee on Tuesday, removes the option for voters to automatically cast a ballot that is eith ...Read More

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