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Archive: February 10, 2015

PHOTO: Doctor-turned-state lawmaker Sen. Ralph Alvarado says Kentucky needs a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. A bill prohibiting smoking in all public places and workplaces is now before the House. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With a vote possible this week in the Democrat-controlled Kentucky House on the proposed smoke-free bill, a newly-elected Republican senator is speaking up for the idea. Senator Ralph Alvarado, a doctor from Winchester in Clark County, says he favors the proposal. The bill would re ...Read More

PHOTO: Single-use plastic bags would no longer be an option at checkout under a proposal before the Columbia city council. Photo credit: RonnieB/Morguefile.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Paper or plastic? Environmental advocates hope the answer will soon be "neither" if the Columbia city council passes a measure designed to encourage the use of reusable bags. Under the ordinance, grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores would be prohibited from giving out ...Read More

PHOTO: The Colstrip Generating Station in Montana has been under regional scrutiny for years for air and water pollution. Three Washington utilities use some of its power, and have proposed legislation to retire the plant. Photo courtesy Montana Environmental Information Center.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A coal-fired power plant in Montana is at the heart of legislation getting its first committee hearings this week in Olympia. The Colstrip Generating Station provides some electricity for three Washington utilities, which are proposing a plan to retire the plant. Colstrip already i ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds more schools in Nevada are participating in the School Breakfast Program, but many students who are eligible are still not benefiting from the federal program. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

RENO, Nev. - Nevada schools are not showing improvement in the number of lower-income children eating breakfast at school, although more schools are serving a morning meal. New research from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) indicates more than 530 schools were part of the School Breakfast ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Feb. 15 is the final day of the 2015 enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace, so advocacy groups are working to make it easier for uninsured Ohioans to learn about their options and sign up. Graphic courtesy U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's the final push to connect uninsured Ohioans to healthcare coverage through the insurance marketplace. An estimated 600,000 residents still don't have health insurance, and outreach events are scheduled this week leading up to Sunday's deadline for the 2015 enrollment. Nita Ca ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting kids to brush their teeth and floss, and reminding parents of how the importance of oral health, are the goals of National Children's Dental Health Month. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Teaching young children and reminding parents of the value of good oral health is the mission of National Children's Dental Health Month, sponsored each February by the American Dental Association. Rudy Blea with the New Mexico Department of Health's Office of Oral Health says a ...Read More

PHOTO: The Food Research and Action Center says New York ranks 40th out of 50 states for participation in free School Breakfast Programs for low-income children. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

NEW YORK - A new report shows 11 million low-income children from around the nation participate, on an average day, in free breakfast programs - but when it comes to reaching hungry kids New York is at the "back of the bus." The report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows New York ...Read More

PHOTO: Negotiations are expected to resume Tuesday between oil companies and the union representing striking Workers. About 1,000 workers at the BP Whiting facility have joined thousands of colleagues across the country in calling for safety improvements. Photo courtesy of United Steelworkers.

INDIANAPOLIS - It's back to the bargaining table. The union representing striking Indiana BP oil workers will resume talks with oil industry negotiators Tuesday in the largest national oil strike in 30 years. On Sunday, more than 1,000 employees at BP's Whiting refinery joined others at facilities ...Read More

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