November 19, 2009 RSS feed / Features

Mail Holiday Packages With Care

With 16.6 billion cards, letters and packages to be delivered between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, the U.S. Postal Service has some shipping tips to help get gifts delivered promptly and safely during the holiday season. More...

Which States Have The Highest Standards For Students?

Each state comes up with its own standards for student achievement. A new study from the National Center on Education Statistics compares them.

Which states have set a high bar for their students – and which states have low expectations? Under the No Child Left Behind Act, each state comes up with its own standards for student achievement. More...

The Need To Feed Hungry Families Cultivates New Interest In Gleaning

Corinne Almquist wants to restore the biblical tradition of harvesting what farmers leave behind

CORNWALL, Vt. – Clusters of plump, wine-red Empire apples hang from sagging boughs, yearning to be picked. A small group of volunteers is obliging, quickly filling a truck bed with wooden boxes of fruit. More...

Swine Flu: Without Paid Sick Leave, Workers Won’t Stay Home

15 states considering laws to make paid sick leave mandatory

ATLANTA – Nearly half of all American workers do not have paid sick leave, and half of these are more likely to go to work feeling unwell – or send an ill child to school – rather than take an unpaid day off. More...

Here’s Your Year-end Investment Checklist

Financial Focus

We’ve pretty much seen it all this past year – a bear market, a long rally and even a period of neither-up-nor-down. More...

Conservation Corner

For the second time in two years, Fulton County has experienced a significant manure spill into Big Cove Creek. In October 2007, there was a manure spill of well over 200,000 gallons from a dairy farm just north of Mc- Connellsburg. More...

Mammogram Advice Raises Questions, Concerns

NEW YORK (AP) – For many women, getting a mammogram is already one of life’s more stressful experiences. Now, women in their 40s have the added anxiety of trying to figure out if they should even be getting one at all. More...

Which States Are Innovative In Education: A New Report Card

The report card aims to highlight the sorts of innovations in education that lead to better schools

If states truly want to improve their education systems, they need to do away with the rules, regulations, and bureaucracies that stymie innovation. More...