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Archive: February 2, 2015

PHOTO: You would have to smoke outdoors only, while at work or in public places, if a bill now before the Kentucky Legislature passes. This is the fifth year it has been introduced. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - For the fifth year in a row, a bill is before state lawmakers that would prohibit smoking indoors in all workplaces and public places. With the 2015 General Assembly resuming this week, Ed Shemelya, who retired after 30 years with the State Police, wants lawmakers to hear his stor ...Read More

PHOTO: A new AARP survey indicates most Wisconsinites are not saving nearly enough money to live comfortably in retirement. Lisa Lamkins of AARP Wisconsin has some insights on the raw data. Photo courtesy AARP-Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. – Most Wisconsin workers aren't confident they'll have enough money to retire and say they will put off retirement for as long as possible, according to a survey just released by AARP Wisconsin. Social Security payments, which average $1,200 a month in Wisconsin, are not enough ...Read More

PHOTO: A smoggy day in Chicago is the result of ground-level ozone, or smog that can make breathing more difficult for many people. Photo credit: sfquixote/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Ground-level ozone, or smog, not only makes cities hazy on sunny days, it also causes breathing difficulties for many people. Smog is a byproduct of tailpipe and industrial emissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is debating strengthening the limit to 60 ...Read More

PHOTO: Ground-level ozone, or smog, hoovers over Ontario, California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter limits on smog. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians are weighing in on how much smog is too much. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, at a meeting today in Sacramento. The agency's proposal could strengthen the limit to only 60 parts per billion from the cu ...Read More

PHOTO: 2014 saw a record 125 people exonerated. The case of Joseph Sledge, set free after 38 years in prison, calls attention to what some in North Carolina see as the need to address flaws in the justice system. Photo credit: Luigi Caterino/Flickr.<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. – The recent exoneration of Joseph Sledge in North Carolina is just one of dozens nationally in the past year, and a case that some say highlights the need for legal system reforms. Sledge spent 38 years behind bars for murder before missing evidence led to his release. It's ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota authored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, with a goal of reducing the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans. Photo courtesy of Rep. Walz office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Senate is expected to approve legislation this afternoon that seeks to prevent suicide among military veterans through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has already won unanimous appr ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on proposed rules to update standards for ground-level ozone that impact Maine. Photo credit: Jeffrey B. Ferland/Wikimedia Commons

PORTLAND, Maine – Because of Maine's location and the prevailing west-to-east winds, the state's unfortunate nickname in some quarters is the tailpipe of the nation, and public hearings on smog control are of great interest to some in the Pine Tree State. At issue is how the nation should up ...Read More

PHOTO: Efforts in Indiana and around the nation have intensified to help victims of human trafficking and catch offenders. Photo credit: Bret Jordan/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Human trafficking is often a hidden crime, but it is one of the fastest growing in Indiana and around the nation. Some 27 million people around the globe are said to be victims, forced to work at manual labor or in the sex industry. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says ...Read More

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