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Archive: April 29, 2015

PHOTO: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering new federal rules on payday loans, raising the hopes of poverty-fighting and faith-based groups who have been unable to convince state lawmakers to rein in the short-term loan industry. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - More than 6,000 borrowers in the state each took out 30 or more loans last year, according to the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending. Critics of the short-term loans, known commonly as payday loans, say they are debt traps. The critics are banking on proposed federal regula ...Read More

PHOTO:Proposed changes to Wisconsin's SeniorCare program, which helps state residents 65 and older pay for their prescription medications, could force seniors off the program.

MADISON, Wis. - Changes to the Wisconsin SeniorCare plan are being considered in the proposed state budget, including capping enrollment and increasing the current annual premium. The plan helps about 85,000 Wisconsin senior citizens afford their medications. Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advoca ...Read More

PHOTO: Wesley Pulkka, who suffers from diabetes, heart disease and cancer, is featured in a new campaign aimed at providing more services to the thousands of New Mexicans living with multiple chronic diseases. Photo courtesy of the New Mexico Chronic Disease Prevention Council.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new campaign draws attention to services available to help the one in four New Mexicans older than age 45 who live with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. The advocacy and support group New Mexico Chronic Disease Prevention Council is sponsoring the New Mex ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down ...Read More

PHOTO: The Texas Legislature is looking at partial state funding for a pilot public transit program to increase service and connect all higher-education campuses in the Rio Grande Valley. Transit ridership in the 4,000-square-mile region already is booming. Photo courtesy of Valley Metro.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Students in the Rio Grande Valley could be getting a new ride to class if a public transit project is approved by the Texas Legislature as part of its new budget. The two-year pilot program would connect high school graduates to all higher-education campuses in the region, which spa ...Read More

Photo: Owl's Eye Vineyard opened in Shelby in 2007. Since then, two other wineries have opened nearby. Photo courtesy: Owl's Eye Vineyard

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Although North Carolina's craft beer gets plenty of accolades for quality and growth, the state's wine industry is experiencing success of its own. About 7,600 people now are employed by the industry in the Tar Heel State, and researchers at the University of North Carolina's Gre ...Read More

American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Credit: Dorret/

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli ...Read More

Photo: Nine Tri-Cities craft breweries collaborated in March on a jointly produced beer known as Tri Local I. It was sold as part of the Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week. Photo courtesy: Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The approximately $445 million economic impact generated by Tennessee's craft breweries is enough for the State Assembly to declare April Craft Beer Month in Tennessee. The joint resolution was introduced by Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, after he was contacted by a group of citizen ...Read More

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