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Archive: February 6, 2015

PHOTO: With political spending growing ever larger and voter engagement on the decline, a weekend event in Iowa seeks to reverse those trends and make sure all people have a voice in elections and government, not just the wealthy and powerful. Photo credit: AFSC.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Iowa's unique and influential position in presidential politics, a new nationwide campaign kicks off in the state this weekend with a goal of giving the power back to the people. The American Friends Service Committee is hosting the gathering on Saturday to mobilize citizens ...Read More

PHOTO: Solid fracking waste is piling up by hundreds of thousands of tons at seven New York landfills, according to a report by Environmental Advocates of New York. They are calling for emergency action. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

NEW YORK - Nearly a half million tons of solid fracking waste form Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York landfills, according to a new report that calls upon the Cuomo administration to take emergency action. Liz Moran, water and natural resources associate with Environmental Advocates of New Y ...Read More

PHOTO: Family income correlates strongly with overall health in the new 2015 Colorado Health Report Card, which means many children in the state will need a better start to get and stay healthy. Photo credit: Nancy Michael/Flickr Commons.
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DENVER - Colorado just got its Report Card on Health - and Coloradans did not get straight As. Adults ranked first in the nation for physical activity as well as keeping obesity and diabetes under control. But kids - especially poor children and children of color - scored significantly lower than t ...Read More

PHOTO: Sheri Lindsay, here with her son Andrew, suffered a stroke at age 49 and has since overhauled her life as part of her battle against heart disease. Photo courtesy of S. Lindsay.

TRENTON, Mich. - Nearly every minute of every day, a woman dies of heart disease, which affects 43 million women nationwide. That's why one Michigan survivor is speaking up to help others avoid becoming part of that statistic. Sheri Lindsay of Trenton knew she needed to lose weight and get her diab ...Read More

PHOTO: When it comes to the debate over vaccines, an Illinois pediatrician says while a doctor’s role is to educate parents, they also need to respect the parents' right to make medical choices they feel are best for their child. Photo credit: Zaldylmg/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Doctors, parents and politicians all over the nation are involved in a heated debate over vaccinations following a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California. Top health leaders have linked the outbreak to children who were not vaccinated for the disease. Dr. Lainna ...Read More

PHOTO: State lawmakers in Washington are pondering whether voters would want to amend the Constitution to require that two-thirds of all state revenue be used to fund education. Critics of the idea say it's a noble goal but would make the budget a lot less flexible in future years. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A coalition is making some noise about a proposal in the Legislature to direct two-thirds of all new state revenue to education. According to the group Washington United for Fair Revenue, it seems like a noble goal but would restrict lawmakers' ability to fund other important prior ...Read More

PHOTO: A law passed amidst protests at the state Capitol after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill may be gutted by bills at this year's legislative session, according to observers. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Bills that critics say would gut West Virginia's new drinking-water protections are provoking public anger just days after being filed. House Bill 2574 and Senate Bill 423 would undo many provisions of the law passed after last year's Elk River chemical spill. One analysis says ...Read More

Photo: The Backpack Program can help feed hungry children in South Dakota. Photo by GDNS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Instead of buying your loved one chocolates and a bouquet of roses this Valentine's Day, Feeding South Dakota is asking you instead to give a gift in its honor that will help feed a hungry child. Kerri DeGraff, development director for Feeding South Dakota, said "Share Your Lov ...Read More

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