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Archive: August 10, 2015

More than 200 districts in the state take part in Farm to School programs. Credit: Steve Debenport.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School children across Minnesota will be returning to class in just a few weeks, and once again this year they'll find more local foods when going through the lunch line. Erin McKee VanSlooten, a senior program associate with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says ev ...Read More

Class will soon be back in session for kids across North Dakota and an ever growing number will find local foods in their school cafeterias. Credit: Steve Debenport.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As children across North Dakota prepare to soon head back to school, a growing number of students will find local offerings in the lunch line. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about one-fourth of the districts in the state report having Farm to School programs, but ...Read More

Driving means independence for older Kentuckians, but they are more willing to give up their keys if there are transportation alternatives. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Research confirms what many folks already know – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says per mile traveled, fatal crashes increase noticeably at age 70 and are highest among drivers 85 and up. When Katherine Freund's now-adult son was three, he was st ...Read More

The American Lung Association is among the many health groups that say tougher pollution standards are a big step toward cleaner air in the U.S., especially for low-income residents who live near dirty power plants. Photo courtesy Sierra Club.

PHILADELPHIA - Since the Clean Air Act of 1970, America's air has gotten cleaner, but the American Lung Association's 2015 State of the Air report finds that 44 percent of the nation still lives where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breath. That's more than 138 million Americans. Ent ...Read More

A proposed immunity law for campgrounds is under fire from the Wisconsin Association for Justice. Credit: SShepard/

MILWAUKEE – A proposed immunity law for Wisconsin campground owners and their employees is a bad idea, says Milwaukee attorney Ann Jacobs, head of the state trial lawyers association. She points out the state already has 35 such laws on the books, which give businesses immunity from being he ...Read More

ight-year-old Josie Roll of Moscow, Idaho, recently went to Washington, D.C., to see her winning healthy recipe served at a White House dinner. Credit: Kate Roll.

MOSCOW, Idaho - It isn't every kid who gets to eat dinner at the White House in Washington, D.C., but an Idaho eight-year-old girl not only did that she also got to see a recipe she helped create served as one of the options. Josie Roll of Moscow's "Scrumptious Veggie Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomat ...Read More

PHOTO: Transgender immigrants often end up in isolation cells because they are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted while being held in immigration detention. Photo credit: Andrew Bardwell/Flickr.

NEW YORK - Fundamentally unsafe, that's how New York immigrant advocates describe daily life for people in detention who identify as gay, lesbian or transgender. Detention staff attorney Clement Lee with the group Immigration Equality says people who flee to the U.S. border because they fear perse ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates of legislation to give doctors more say over what they can prescribe for Medicaid patients say it would strengthen the Medicaid prescription drug plan, to benefit the poorest New Yorkers and those with the greatest medical needs. Photo credit: Bmramon/en.wikipedia.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Health care advocates are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would give doctors the final say on prescriptions for their patients in Medicaid managed care plans. Regular Medicaid already has what is called a prescriber prevails provision allowing doctors to choose sp ...Read More

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