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Archive: November 19, 2015

National Rural Health Day recognizes rural healthcare providers and the patients they serve. Courtesy: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among the top 10 states with adults in excellent or good health, according to a survey by the Iowa Department of Health. In large part, that's the result of Iowa's rural health care system, since 43 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas or small communit ...Read More

One of the biggest challenges for rural medical facilities is recruiting doctors who want the small-town life. Credit: skeeze/

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Today is National Rural Health Day and in Arkansas, "rural" would describe many of the medical practices across the state. It may seem unlikely at first that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is involved with health care in Arkansas, but David Kirchner, USDA community program ...Read More

Spokane-area residents pack an Oct. 27 meeting about Avista's continued use of power generated from coal. Courtesy: Sierra Club

SPOKANE, Wash. – Avista, the electric utility that serves much of eastern Washington, is planning its next 20 years of power output – and some customers aren't happy that part of it is coal power. The public comment period ends Friday evening on Avista's 20-year Integrated Resource Pla ...Read More

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and North Carolina lawmakers have made finding permanent homes easier for the state's children in foster care. Credit: hotblack/

RALEIGH, N.C. – There are more than 10,000 children in North Carolina's foster care system, and more than 2,000 of them are awaiting permanent, adoptive families. This year two bills were signed into law that help normalize childhood for foster children by making sure they can participate in ...Read More

Experts recommend taking extra precautions with your child's personal information and being alert for signs of identity theft. Credit: MarcusScottReed/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thieves are now looking beyond your wallet and personal information to your children's. The Identity Theft Resource Center reports a 300 percent increase in calls about child identity theft in 2014. With the holidays around the corner and scammers working overtime, the Tennessee ...Read More

A study series is opening a dialogue about how racial dynamics can hinder social change. Credit: Anthony Easton/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In light of the intense racial climate generated by police shootings around the country, including the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland a year ago, a community gathering tonight will focus on ways to bridge the divide. The event in Akron is part of the Creating S ...Read More

The alewife is an important part of the marine food chain. Credit: Duane Raver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife/Wikimedia Commons

MILL NECK, N.Y. – A Long Island community project is helping small fish get upstream and also restoring an important link in the marine food chain. The project is one of 22 grants totaling almost $1.3 million that have been awarded for community-based efforts to improve Long Island Sound's e ...Read More

Immigration advocates say Syrian refugees hoping to resettle in the U.S. pose no risk to Americans. Credit: ranjithd/<br />

NEW YORK – While more than half of the nation's governors oppose allowing Syrian refugees into their states, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomes them and says not doing so goes against American values. States protesting their admission say Syrians are a security threat and cite reports that ...Read More

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