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Archive: September 28, 2017

Many Hoosier families can't afford the growing cost of sending kids to college. (Tatiyana Carter)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Many parents struggle every month to make payments for their child's education, and every year the cost of college goes up. That means many young people never get the opportunity to go on past high school. Tuition plus fees at four-year public colleges jumped by more than 70 percen ...Read More

Concern is growing about the issue of absenteeism in North Carolina schools and its impact on student performance. (CameliaTWU/flickr)

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina schools are open for business, but getting students to attend on a regular basis isn't always easy. According to a report released this week, at some schools as much as 26 percent of the student population is chronically absent. The term describes children who ...Read More

Granite Staters can expect to see more people working beyond age 65 in the coming decade. (FW/Flckr)

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Granite Staters have the chance to rethink retirement in Manchester next week, and advocates say age 65 is an outdated number. The target audience includes employees, retirees, business leaders, human resources professionals, nonprofit groups and government. Todd Fahey, ...Read More

Long after the hurricanes have passed, hard work and hazards remain. Members of Florida's labor unions are pitching in to help. (Florida AFL-CIO)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Union workers from across the southern United States have collected basic essentials, including food and clothing, and are traveling throughout South Florida to share them in places affected by Hurricane Irma. The recovery process has slowed a bit as major disaster relief ...Read More

The Prescribed Fire Training Exchange is taking place in north central Washington, mainly on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest land. (The Nature Conservancy)

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PLAIN, Wash. -- The state is hosting its first-ever Prescribed Fire Training Exchange as another devastating fire season comes to an end. Over this week and the next, agencies and groups will come together in north central Washington to trade tips on managing blazes and to explore the use of fire ...Read More

Incidents such as this fire in a church in Mississippi, where arson is suspected, are believed to be on the rise in the United States. (ProPublica)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there were 275 incidences of hate crimes against people or their personal property between 2015 and 2016, the most recent data available. But numerous reports from independent groups say hate crimes are on the rise. One s ...Read More

Student achievement gaps between rich and poor school districts in Connecticut are among the largest in the nation. (markusspiske/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A lawsuit challenging Connecticut's public education funding system goes before the state Supreme Court Thursday. The suit originally was filed in 2005, and a year ago a trial court judge ordered the state to submit proposals to overhaul the system of education aid to citie ...Read More

Environmentalists say every $1 invested in the Green Bank brings $8 of private investment in clean energy. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Environmental advocates say state legislators should not try to balance the budget by raiding funds that protect air quality and support clean energy and energy efficiency. The Republican 2-year budget, passed with some Democratic support, would take $10 million a year from the ...Read More

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